Travel theme: Quiet

Happy New Year, everyone. My first post of 2017 finds me fogged in late at night with just a few faint twinkling lights off in the distance.  There is not a sound to be heard; the fog somehow muffles all ordinary noise leaving a gorgeous, heavy silence that I can almost reach out and touch. So I’m taking it as the inspiration for this week’s theme (slightly later than usual as I was celebrating my birthday this weekend.) First up, a very quiet living statue at Pike Place Market in Seattle….

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…followed by a rather more talkative statue in Rome known as Pasquino – even the Pope couldn’t silence this cheeky chap.

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An eerily traffic-free and quiet New York street, as Manhattan hunkered down and waited for a hurricane.

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There’s nothing like a Zen garden to calm the senses and quiet the mind – I found this lovely one at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

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And for the quiet splendour of countless hoodoos, here is Bryce Canyon’s Silent City.

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I’m going to quiet down now and let you have your say with your own interpretation of this week’s theme.  If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Quiet
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Watch out for the next travel theme which will come out next weekend
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❤ Ailsa

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. – Arundhati Roy

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. – Henry David Thoreau

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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58 Responses to Travel theme: Quiet

  1. Martian says:

    Nice post

  2. aj vosse says:

    You have been rather quiet of late… I was beginning to wonder! Happy New Year… may all your travel plans be fulfilled… and lots of love and laughter abound! 😉

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  6. Happy New Year, happy birthday – a joyous way to start 2017! And perhaps you need a bit of peace and quiet to recuperate. 😉
    Amazing photos, Ailsa. The one of New York is really something else, without the usual cars and cabs.
    Here’s my choice: https://figmentsofadutchess.com/2017/01/09/travel-theme-quiet/

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Marion, hope 2017 is starting off well for you too, love your post, that cat looks oh so comfy! 🙂 I have to say, I saw a whole new side of New York the day the hurricane threatened to blow the house down, it was really cool, like going back in time a little before it became such a metropolis. xxx

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  9. Leya says:

    Here’s to a belated Happy Birthday and wishes for a better year for our world than the last one! Love Bryce Canyon of course…and the eerie NYC…and all the others…
    https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/travel-theme-quiet/

  10. Miriam says:

    Love your photos and what a great theme. Will have to put my (quiet) thinking cap on!

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  14. cyclering says:

    I value your travel-centric weekly challenge. Looking forward to contributing. https://scenethat.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/travel-theme-quiet/

    • ailsapm says:

      Nice one, the sleeping giant of the Pacific Northwest! And what a shot, when I visited it was really foggy and it only lifted for a few minutes at a time. Looks like you had much better weather karma. 🙂

  15. A wonderful collection of silent….and I love the feel of your fog bound evening!

  16. Marie says:

    Hi. My pingbacks to the challenge don’t seem to be showing up. Can you check to see if I have been moved to your spam folder. Thanks so much. Marie

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  18. Nice collection of quiet, Ailsa. You always amaze me with your themes for the week.

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  21. Sue says:

    Happy New Year, and a very belated Happy Birthday, Ailsa! Here’s my response to Quiet: https://suejudd.com/2017/01/10/quiet-passage/

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  25. Jaspa says:

    On a rainy January morning, even the busiest areas of London can be quiet and deserted… a bit like your photo of Manhattan before a hurricane: http://bit.ly/PaternosterSq

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  28. Pat says:

    Hi Ailsa. I always look forward to your travel themes. I was getting reading to write this post on the Mother Teresa garden in Havana when your post came up in my feed. How perfect was our timing!

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  33. Anisha says:

    Lovely post! 🙂

  34. As someone prone to stressing out, looking for quiet spaces helps me a lot. I love how you’ve found quiet in varied and unusual places- great inspiration.

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