It started with reading books about places near and far. It didn’t matter where it was – Meggie wanted to go there! She had a little suitcase that had belonged to her older sister and she was always ready for adventure. Whether it was a visit in the family car to see her grandmother in Pennsylvania or a day trip to the beach, she was the first one in the car saying “Are we there yet?” After she read Alice in Wonderland she wanted to go to England and see hedgehogs. When she was nine her family moved from Massachusetts to California and they traveled on Route 66. Meggie liked seeing the mountains, the desert and the interesting places to stop along the way. And after all these adventures she still likes to travel!
The start of a new year is the time for a fresh beginning. It has been so much fun starting this blog and I’m looking forward to more adventures next year! As Anne of Green Gables said, “Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
These pictures are from Prince Edward Island. Although they were taken in the summer they seem just right for now as we look ahead to warmer weather.
Happy New Year!
On a visit to Portofino, Italy, a search for a bicycle to rent brought this glimpse of bicycles (although they were not for rent). But these flowers were lovely!
This is for the FOTD challenge.
Flowers are charming on their own, but some flowers have the distinction (and advantage) of being set in different places in Italy with remarkable views. Here are some examples.
Flowers in Tuscany:
Flowers on balconies:
It would appear that flowers with lovely views are everywhere!
Meggie first became interested in doors after she read the Chronicles of Narnia series. After reading about the connection between doors and adventures, she began to wonder what might happen if she went through a mysterious (or even ordinary looking) door. Could she simply walk into another world? This was quite an intriguing possibility and she started thinking about doors differently. Her interest became more pronounced when she started to travel. There were fascinating doors everywhere!
Some of Meggie’s favorite doors have smaller people-sized doors inside of impressively large ones.
Some doors open up to potentially unsafe landings if you walk through them.
Which door to take? She still imagines that an exciting adventure might begin when she walks through…
Meggie always loved ice cream – it reminded her of summer and staying up late because there wasn’t any school. She liked cones best but ice cream was also good in a cup because she could take her time eating it and it didn’t drip down the side of the cone onto her clothes. Some of her favorites were chocolate chip, butter pecan, and peppermint stick (because the bits of peppermint turned the ice cream pink.) What could be better than ice cream?
This question was answered when she went to Italy several years later and she discovered gelato. It wasn’t just the creamy taste and smooth texture that she liked. Even the presentation was charming with fluffy mountains of gelato adorned with flowers and fruit.
Soon she was looking for signs for gelato shops. This became a daily adventure in Italy and there were so many inviting places wherever she went.
After some careful thought Meggie decided that it really wasn’t necessary to choose. Ice cream and gelato are both delicious!
This is one of Meggie’s Ice Cream Adventure stories.
It’s starting to get colder and the outdoor scenery is really changing. Taking a morning walk requires a little more preparation now – a light jacket, maybe a scarf, and a pair of gloves. Stepping outside and feeling the brisk air really wakes you up! Here are some views from sidewalks and paths that show that it is suddenly the middle of autumn. The seasons change so quickly.
It is still chilly and a hot chocolate would be a good way to warm up – maybe later…
The walk is almost complete when a bright pop of color appears, but these leaves are on the ground, not on trees. It’s part of the fun of walking because you get to see unexpected things like this.
For more walks see the Jo’s Monday Walks series.
Meggie started her collection with postcards of Lexington, Massachusetts, her hometown. Then came postcards of nearby towns like Concord. When her family went on a trip to see relatives in Pennsylvania and New York she bought postcards from there too. She also liked little pamphlets about these places. Soon she had quite a collection.
When friends, neighbors or relatives went on trips she would sometimes get postcards from places she hadn’t been, which was pretty much everywhere. She would go to the library and look at volumes of the World Book Encyclopedia to find out about the cities or states. The more she learned about different places the more she wanted to see them herself! And after she read about Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle she wanted to go to England to see hedgehogs. She kept all these postcards and was determined to see all of them in person someday.
Meggie has always dreamed about travel and it has been as wonderful and exciting as she thought it would be!
Here is a picture from a visit to the Cherry Blossom Festival two years ago in Washington D.C. It was a cold, overcast day but the cherry blossoms were in peak bloom and the entire area around the Tidal Basin looked like an enchanted forest. This one day spent among the lovely blossoms was simply unforgettable.
For the FOTD challenge.
Every fall Meggie and her family would take a weekend to see the autumn leaves. Sometimes they would drive all over New England to see the beautiful foliage. During the winter they would talk about the prettiest trees they saw and how colorful the leaves were in the sunshine. Each year there would be at least one perfect day that everyone remembered.
Autumn is still a time when Meg loves to see the changing colors of the leaves!