Posts Tagged With: autumn

Travel Theme: Pathways

Pathways you never know where they will lead to and that is half the fun as they wind, turn and lead through narrow passage ways where you can’t quite see what is on the other side.

Ancient Roman Via

Ancient Roman Via

In Ostia, the Ancient Roman City, paths over grown with weeds twist and turn through ancient streets. What was once a busy crowded road filled with the hustle and bustle of a big city now lays quiet and only hosts an interesting trek for tourists to explore the well-preserved ruins of a former fabulous port.

Fall Path

Fall Path

Fall is very different here in Shanghai with its more temperate climate. Rarely do leaves fall and when they do they are crispy brown dead leaves without the vibrant fall splendor we are used to back home. This year we had ideal conditions and in December some trees in our apartment complex changed to a mellow yellow and littered the winding path that snakes its way through our complex. The path is a relaxing escape in a busy city and runs parallel to the higher trafficked walkway, but with the tall trees and plants you can imagine you are far away from the city in a forest.

The biggest path we all take is life. What is next? Around each corner something new awaits.  My path is leading to destinations unknown as our final year in Shanghai will begin after a much-needed summer vacation. Lots of changes ahead, unknown challenges and adventures…

DO you follow the main path or make your own? Comment on it below or add your own post. Find out more details how to do that at Ailsa’s blog Where’s My Backpack.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CHANGE

Change in my pocket, the changes in life we all go through, the changes we notice in people as they grow and mature, the changes in a city skyline…

or the change in season…

Multicoloured leaves changing into their Autum splendor

Multicoloured leaves changing into their Autumn splendor


Or a caterpillar that leaves its chrysalis and departs a beautiful butterfly…

Butterfly Nursery

Butterfly Nursery




See more examples of change over at Word Press. Anyone can join, so post away!


What picture or life event represents change for you?

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Weekly Image of Life: Beautiful

I have been thinking about this theme for a few days now and had a hard time deciding what to post. Beauty after all is in the eye of the beholder 😉 Maybe it is the jet lag where my thinking is not 100% clear. What could I pick to show beauty? All around us there are many beautiful things. I thought about beautiful sunrises or sunsets, beaches, an awesome landscape, people, colours… What about man-made things? For some beauty is found in things, objects like jewellery or cars…. Beauty….? Big Question Mark ? Then I decided on this.

The beauty of nature as it changes seasons. The colours of fall; red, orange, and yellow are brilliant against bright blue clear skies… the senses come alive with the smells, sounds and sights. The feeling of a warm cozy sweater, a sip of hot apple cider sprinkled with cinnamon, the crush of leaves under your feet… ahhhh….

Autumn is my favourite season. It is funny since it leads to winter; cold and snow which, is my least favourite time. There is something about the way nature paints a picture of brilliant blazing colour that is so magical. As a kid fall meant back to school and a promise of a new year and new things. The excitement of the unknown and challenges that lay ahead were awaiting me with great anticipation.

Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.  ~Carol Bishop Hipps

Brilliant Yellow along Old Welland Canal

When I lived at home, in Canada, I would take a hike along the Bruce Trail and I tried to make it my tradition. The peace and quiet with nature’s beauty and colour all around. Each year would be different from the next. Some years colour was richer and more vibrant… no matter it was always beautiful.

Autumn Jewels

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  ~Albert Camus

Autumn is beautiful and for me walking the trails was a time to get lost in the beauty around me, think of the future or past. Stress melted away. I felt like the little mouse in the book by Leo Lionni “Frederick” as I collected sights, colours and sounds around me because winter days are long, cold and grey.

SeeIsland Travellers blog for more “Beauty” or to join in the fun.

Stay tuned for more…  CTB  : D

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