home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

Coloured oils

We are not averse to taking coach trips whilst on holiday. For one thing it is less faff than trying to arrange a hire car and driving on the opposite side of the road to England. Let someone else take the strain of negotiating unfamiliar roads and language. And so it was that on a holiday to Kefalonia more than a decade ago, we took a trip over to Ithaca. As on most coach trips you are given some free time at some point during the day to explore. I use this time to photograph the things that catch my eye such as this enormous bottle of liquid amber on the top of the steps of a shop in the Kióni marina…

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

32 thoughts on “home thoughts from abroad”

  1. I looked up the shop online. ‘Tehnima, home-made jewellery’.
    Lovely colours indeed, and the Greek writing on the sign shows the country, even if you hadn’t told us.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. I didn’t mind in Canada and USA, but then the signs are in English so it is easier. I’d be worried about parking in the wrong place or committing some other driving offence in Europe.

      1. We’ve found it’s just easier to travel by train and do our own thing, with a few day trips booked before we go. That’s what we’re going to do in Canada.

        1. Ah, so you are going to Canada, to visit your daughter I assume. Where and when? Canada is easy to drive in though.

        2. Oh, I ❤ Victoria and Vancouver. I'd live on Vancouver Island if I could. And with those distances involved you wouldn't want to drive. You must check out the Royal BC Museum in Victoria and the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. I am sooo jealous.

        3. 😀
          Good to have a few things in mind. The Van Dusen Garden in Vancouver is gorgeous too if you have time. Or simply walk around Stanley Park. I have loads of posts about Canada on my travel blog (look under road trips). Cabbage Town is interesting in Toronto and the islands. Sometimes it is good just to see what happens 🙂

    1. Thanks for the thought Pauline. I shall decline on this occasion if you don’t mind. Sore shoulder so trying to keep off the laptop and I am hoping for some sun so I can visit a garden or two this weekend. Today is dull though…

      1. Sorry to hear about the shoulder. Jack had that problem and finally went for a cortisone injection about 6 months ago and,so far touch wood, seems to be ok. Hope your weather improves

    1. Just a description Gilly, some kind of liquid and an amber colour. I have no idea what is in the bottles. Could be oil or water.

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