Travel theme: Words

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day so this week’s (late again) travel theme celebrates the written word, starting off with an homage to Ireland’s literary heritage, painted on one of the panels of a rather surprising door in the very heart of Dublin.

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A little boy getting ready to add his mark to the graffiti at Cadillac Ranch on Route 66.

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An early form of graffiti, an ancient petroglyph on the red rocks of Mesa Verde.

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Traditional Irish lettering, An Teach Bán is Gaelic for The White House. No, not that White House, this one is in Kilmore Quay.

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A very Germanic welcome to the little Bavarian town of Leavenworth deep in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.

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My favourite name on the tiles at Pike Place Market. Thanks for the laugh, Turkeylips, whoever you are.

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Words for days like these, illuminated at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washingon DC.

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Hope for days like these, the Imagine mosaic remembers John Lennon at Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park.

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Have you got any wandering words of wisdom to share for this week’s travel theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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❤ Ailsa

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. – Rudyard Kipling

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking. – John Maynard Keynes

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 - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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61 Responses to Travel theme: Words

  1. restlessjo says:

    Boy, do we need words of wisdom right now, Ailsa! A very endearing collection. I’m usually full of words. Let’s see what I can do 🙂 🙂

  2. aj vosse says:

    I think I need to have a few words with you about these late postings! My word… it would catastrophic if you didn’t put out the word one week! 😉

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  4. Sue says:

    Ah, great collection…I’ll dig some words out later

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  11. Pamela says:

    Just got all our librarians in a tizzy re: National Book Lovers Day as none of us knew of it!
    Guess you mean it is American Book Lovers Day??

    • ailsapm says:

      I think it started as a US day, but in recent years it’s become more international – in Ireland and the UK Huffington Post both ran articles about it this year.

      • ailsapm says:

        Also spotted articles in the UK Metro and Standard, and a piece about it in the Nigerian Guardian – so I guess we should probably call it International Book Lovers Day 🙂

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  13. Jaspa says:

    Some great word-related photos, Ailsa. And thanks for the reminder about today being National Book Lovers Day!

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  15. Debbie Smyth says:

    The librarian and book lover in me adores your theme. And you have given us some great wordy images, Ailsa.
    Here are some of my favourite book places:

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  18. travelrat says:

    Is reposting (and slightly editing) an old blog post allowed? This one just seemed to fit so neatly!

  19. travelrat says:

    Trying again … for some reason, the link didn’t work

  20. 76sanfermo says:

    Love this!
    It’ll see for something , too….

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  22. Ailsa, the photo of the boy is adorable! I’m returning to that one the whole time. Lovely theme!
    Here’s my word:

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  25. Sue says:

    I had all sorts of ideas for this one, Ailsa, but time is of the essence and I’m running out of essence, so here goes:

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  27. Lynne Ayers says:

    Hi Ailsa – another interesting theme. My favourite this week is the imagine shot.

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  30. Tish Farrell says:

    Your challenge, Ailsa, took me to 100,000 books’ worth of words. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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  32. Cee Neuner says:

    Marvelous photo Ailsa
    Here is my entry for this week.

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  34. cocoaupnorth says:

    Hi Ailsa! It’s been long since I participated. Thank you for the inspiration, and here’s my entry:

  35. cocoaupnorth says:

    Sorry posted wrong link, here’s the correct one

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  38. tgeriatrix says:

    What would our world be without words?

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