Monday, August 19, 2013

Abstract Inspiration

Here are a few photos from our trip that are more abstract - and much more likely to end up as part of a quilt than the people pictures.

Bubbles made by a busker in front of the Tate Gallery
The British Museum
A blurred British sunset

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Travel as Inspiration

My husband's job has required him to travel very frequently, usually on short notice, for the past few years. This is tapering off now, but in the meantime he has lots frequent flyer miles!!

We're trying to make the most of our time before our oldest goes to college, so we've been using the miles to take trips that we feel are meaningful for our kids' education. Plus, of course, it's fun! Two years ago we visited a variety of our great national parks, last year we went to NYC and drove the Pacific Coast Highway, and this summer we went on another truly amazing adventure. We've just gotten back from visiting London, Paris, Rome, Venice, the lake region of Italy, and part of Switzerland!

As you know, I love to take photographs. On this trip we of course took photographs of every major monument and historical place we visited. What was most important to me, though, was photos - often candid- of our family. Here are some of our family snapshots from this wonderful trip.
Stonehenge was closed - though we still got a peek from a distance in the lovely British countryside. These two are thick as thieves and I love to watch them together.
A cafe in Paris
Waiting for a wreath laying ceremony at the Arc De Triomphe
Vince will jump down some stairs at Versaille if dared.
Leaving the Forum in Rome. I love how they are all perfectly in step. You can just see Vince's head in front of them.
One bonus of the kids being older is that we now have some decent pictures of us!
Gazing at the lagoon in Venice.
Lending a helping hand in the Swiss Alps
Our crazy, funky hotel room in Interlaken.
A token pretty shot - sunset and a storm in Interlaken.
I came back feeling relaxed, happy, and inspired. I hope you're having a great summer too!