Weekly WordPress PHOTO CHALLENGE – Favorite Places

This week, share an image of your happy place, a secret spot you love, or a faraway location you return to again and again.

The road home

I’m a really happy traveler. When I finally actually travel — more and more rarely as I get older — I always love wherever I am. Whether it’s a tourist trap in Pennsylvania or a fairy circle in Sligo, the Church of the Manger in Bethlehem or one of our local dams and rivers, it’s a favorite place. I love cities and the country.


I prefer living in the country, but I loved living in Jerusalem, adored the weeks I spent in London and wished we could have spent more time in Dublin and tons more in San Francisco.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Photo: Garry Armstrong

I loved Gettysburg, Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan. And before you tell me that Brooklyn and Manhattan are really one city — in theory they are, but they are sufficiently different to not be the same to me. Since I’m the writer here, I get to say.

Beacon Hill – Photo: Garry Armstrong

Yesterday, for a few hours, I even loved Chestnut Hill.

Every place is – in its own way – different and interesting. Even the gritty and grimy places have their own charms.

Spillway on the canal

Bridge over the Blackstone

If I had one favorite place and absolutely had to choose, it would be the mountains and I am not that choosy about which mountain range. I love when I am up above the world. The sky seems closer and the air weighs less.

Categories: Arizona, Art and special effects, Autumn, Blackstone Valley, Boston, Photography

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20 replies

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. Like you, I love walking through a city and spending time in the biggest ones. But I love nature so much that I must be able to escape at some point. I love mountains and water as much, so ideally a lake in the mountain would be my perfect spot. Love your bridge near your home.


  2. I love all your places too. Beautiful captures. Ha ha to think that Brooklyn and Manhattan are the same city.. in theory yes, but they have such different feels and flavors for sure!


    • They weren’t always the same city. In fact, each borough was a separate city in the beginning. Boston is like that too. It has absorbed nearby cities to make one “greater Boston.” Even little old Uxbridge had absorbed two or three smaller towns. Very small towns !


  3. Such a generously wide embrace of the world – beautiful photos to match.


  4. Beautiful images Marilyn. I’d probably pick mountains too, although an isolated beach is hard to beat πŸ™‚


  5. Spectacular photography! Wow! just wow!


    • I think the world is beautiful and I’m glad to be in it!


      • Your photography definitely speaks to your love of beauty.


      • When you have a moment, could I ask you to visit my site particular short stories and pick one and click on the story? My son added forward and back arrows so you can follow each story without having to add page 1 page 3 at the bottom which doesn’t always seem to work. I can’t see any arrows when I go to Phase Shift 1 2 3 or 4. I guess I need an outside source to see if it works. I’d truly appreciate your feedback. If it is working, then I can delete all the other crap on the page and rework the site which is what I’m attempting to do so it is readable.


        • They worked fine on Blindsided. I’m going to make a suggestion to you to change\ your template to a white background with dark letters. It’s hard to read white on black. and your site is mostly text.

          Black is great for photographs, but difficult for reading. I had to go back to white too because too many people had trouble reading on a dark gray background. These days, I have trouble reading anything, so white on black is hard on the eyes, especially for we older folks.



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