Travel theme: Calm

After a stressful week and weekend, life is starting to calm down so I am filling this week’s theme with soothing intentions and zen-like serenity, starting off with a smooth, calm Puget Sound off the shore of Alki beach…

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…and some more smooth sailing across Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

I know lots of folks turn to yoga to find inner peace, but sweating en masse at the height of summer in the middle of Times Square is probably not going to help you find your zen.

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Now this is more like it, an unexpected bamboo forest I happened upon by mistake.

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For me, getting out into nature is a sure fire way to unwind. The sound of raindrops is an instant de-stresser and that delicious earthy scent you get after rain has fallen on dry ground, plus the sparkling raindrops on foliage make it a treat for all the senses.

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Ah yes, I’m feeling positively tranquil, so I’m going to hand over to you to let you create your own serene and peaceful take on 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: Calm
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  • Watch out for the next travel theme which will come out next weekend
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And breathe. Namaste.

❤ Ailsa

With the coming of spring, I am calm again. – Gustav Mahler

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles. – Henry David Thoreau



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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51 Responses to Travel theme: Calm

  1. That bamboo forest is quite something. I like the first shot. After the news of the shootings in Las Vegas, added to everything else that’s happened in the last weeks, we could all us a good dose of calm.


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  3. Miriam says:

    A perfect theme for right now. Lovely tranquil photos

  4. aj vosse says:

    A stroll down a deserted beach… you need that for a bit of destressing therapy! Hope all is well!! 😉 Take care!!

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  7. 76sanfermo says:

    Surely perfect for the theme , your photos are splendid!

  8. Sue says:

    Off to hunt out some calm for you, Ailsa!

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  10. How timely! Just as we were enjoying clam “chowdah” at J’s Oyster in Portland, your theme this week came through. All I had to do was hop out and capture the scene at Portland Pier! So calm:

    • ailsapm says:

      How lovely, especially the one of all the lobster nets, and how perfect you were right there to capture those shots. Also, now I have a craving for some clam ‘chowdah’ 🙂

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  12. Sue says:

    Here’s my offering of rural calm, Ailsa:

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  14. Cee Neuner says:

    I so needed your topic this week. It is nice to calm down for a second. Your photos are wonderful
    Here is my take on your challenge this week.

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  16. Leya says:

    Love that bamboo – and the sea is of course a good illustrator…here’s mine

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  20. Jaspa says:

    Watching a baby giraffe AND a baby elephant at Chester Zoo. What could be more calming than that, Ailsa?

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  22. Soothing photos, Ailsa. It must be so nice to walk in that forest.
    Perhaps looking at my choice for this week, will make you feel relaxed and calm as well:

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  24. travelrat says:

    Subtract noise and wind; add water! My contribution at

    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous photos, I thought the one of Llyn Padard was my favourite, it’s so beautiful, but then I saw the foggy path one and remembered how perfectly calm it feels when fog creeps in and everything else falls away. Lovely, evocative shot. 🙂

      • travelrat says:

        Thank you! 😀 One of my favourites, too … ‘Lord’s Walk’ in Amesbury; not far from where I live.

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