Travel Theme: Pathways

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is pathways, which of course is one of my favorite things because they’re inherently liminal.  Maybe I’ve got an overly-developed sense of romanticism about pathways and roadtrips…though I don’t think so…but I always think of that Fellowship of the Rings quote:

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

And so.

From an overpass looking down onto a train yard in Cleveland.


Westward bound.

In the park outside l’Orangerie in Paris.  Please note: the lady is carrying a parasol.  A parasol.  And I don’t care if it’s actually an umbrella multitasking as a parasol.  It’s still a parasol.

This picture delights me every time I look at it.

This picture delights me every time I look at it.

My niece and nephew, in training for future adventures down pathways of their own.  At Knoebel’s, one of the greatest amusement parks in all the land (not that I’m biased).

World's most controlled road trip.

World’s most controlled road trip.

The Grand Canal, Dublin, which connects Dublin with the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland and a major thoroughfare for…oh…pretty much all of time. Located right next to it? The Grand Canal Hotel (wonder where they came up with that name?), which was a pretty swanky spot to stay.  That was where I had literally the best and spendiest veggie burger I’ve ever eaten.


I was happy to have this sight greet us whenever we left our hotel.

And…home sweet home.  We have loads of enticing back roads around here just open to imagination and exploration.

Ever forward!

Ever forward!

What pathways have you taken?


16 responses to Travel Theme: Pathways

  1. Awesome … not only the pics (the second and third are real corkers), but for the funny text! Oh, and thanks for the FOTR quote, and for teaching me a new word: liminal!!!


    • beyondpaisley – Author

      So glad you enjoyed this blog! The picture of my niece and nephew cracks me up, mainly because my niece looks so involved in what she’s doing. As for liminal…the class I took that introduced me to that concept changed my perspective, probably forever. It’s one of my favorite concepts ever, and totally contributes to the romantic ideal I have about things like pathways and rivers and life changes just out the door, when you pass the threshhold. I could go on. I will. Stay tuned. LOL


  2. You know, I was going to include a photo as well of the towpath just beyond here… but then I concentrated on the Deep Sinking on the Royal… good old Dublin canals… 😉


    • beyondpaisley – Author

      The pity (for me) is that I didn’t even know about the canals until I got there…so much reading to do about where you want to go and what you want to see, somehow this eluded me. What a beautiful and happy surprise I had… 🙂


  3. I love your fascination with liminality, I remember you writing about it last summer in one of the WordPress challenges and it’s a recurring theme in your writing. Love it! 🙂


    • beyondpaisley – Author

      It’s true, I’m a complete tart for the liminal. LOL But having that perspective makes me feel like we live a fluid existence full of possibilities, instead of a stagnant one bound to one or two immutable expectations.


  4. Sonel

    Love your pathway photo’s. The last one takes me into a fantasy world. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing and for the visit. 😀


    • beyondpaisley – Author

      Thank you! Yes, that last picture has that “hidden things, just ’round the corner” feel to it, doesn’t it? I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog, and thanks for stopping by! *hugs back*


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