Travel theme: Love

Events have conspired to keep me from posting for almost two weeks,  but I’m finally back with another travel theme. With vacuous world “leaders” promoting and perpetrating hatred, cruelty, greed, violence and ignorance, it’s proving hard to feel very festive in the run up to the holidays, so I am turning to one of my go-to feel-good Christmas movies for inspiration…

…and am offering up a pictorial homage to love from my travels, starting off with the Phinney Ridge Holiday Tree in Seattle.

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Robert Indiana’s Love statue in Philadelphia – it’s not actually in Love Park (aka JFK Plaza) at the moment, it has been removed temporarily and is being repainted. It was repainted once before, back in 1988, but the city got the colours wrong – it was originally red, green and purple, but the purple had faded so much they mistook it and substituted light blue instead. When Indiana visited the statue in 1995 he noted the change, but it is only now, with the whole plaza undergoing renovation, that the city is going to restore it to the original purple.

Coffee Italian-style complete with flirty waiter 🙂 …

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… and still in Italy, in the heart of Rome, the Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin houses the skull of St. Valentine.

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Last but not least, some words from Martin Luther King Jr to drive out darkness and hate.

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I would love for you to hop aboard the love train with your own version of this theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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❤ Ailsa

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. – Mahatma Gandhi

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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30 Responses to Travel theme: Love

  1. kingdylbag13 says:

    Cool pictures

  2. Sue says:

    Absolutely right, Ailsa…we need love and compassion for the survival of humanity….

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  4. I just LOVE this! 🙂

  5. Leya says:

    Love this – just what we need.

  6. Thanks for the awesome memories! I hope had a amazing time there!

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  9. Jaspa says:

    I love prehistoric monuments, Ailsa, such as Lanyon Quoit, a Neolithic tomb on the Cornish Moors:

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  15. pommepal says:

    What a lovely theme Ailsa and especially during this season of love and joy

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  23. An excellent post for a time when hatred is propagating. One kind act is all it takes to reverse the train of hate.

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