Love is in the Air!

Locks of all kinds bedeck this bridge in Salzburg, placed by lovers, as a symbol of their undying love.

While happily traipsing through Europe, with my daughter and her friend, I noticed something.

Everywhere we went, the air was balmy and fresh, but that wasn’t it.

There was an extra bounce to my step, thanks to being in a new place with new things to see everyday.

But, that wasn’t it.

There was chocolate everywhere. Chocolate at the drop of a hat, in all sizes and flavors.

Yet, that wasn’t it.

I was stress free, for the first time in months, with all the trials and tribulations of work behind me. I was free as a bird, to come and go as I please. To take lunch whenever we wanted and to stay up as long as we wanted. No pressure—just fun! Doing all we could to squeeze one more sight-seeing opportunity into every day.

No, that wasn’t it.

We were content and refreshed and didn’t give a second thought to our sore feet as we kept moving purposely, deliberately, exploring these amazing cities with all their charm and vibrant history.

Nope, not it.

I know!

Love was in the air! Amore! Amor! Amour! Liebe!

Everywhere we went in these exotic, storybook cities, with mountains as far as the eye could see, warm, lusty beaches stretching before us, gargoyles tucked in every corner, musicians serenading us with romantic songs of yore, and with statues celebrating the grandeur of Europe, there was something to behold.

There was love. Love flitting about, here and there. Old lovers and young, parents and children. Yes, that’s what I noticed.

See for yourself!

Flower petals on the sidewalk in honor of a bride and groom.

A happy couple in Prague. Behind them is the Astronomical Clock. It tells the current time, and relates the movement of the planets through the signs of the zodiac. Paintings by Josef Mánes.

Another day, another joyous couple in Prague’s Old Town.

Love was in the air, including the love of a parent for their child.

And one more:

This little cutie in Salzburg may be one of the Von Trapp descendants for all I know, but the way her mother held her, and the precious outfit she was wearing, made her too adorable for words.

So, would you agree? Is love in the air or is it my imagination?

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45 thoughts on “Love is in the Air!

  1. Hello Monica.

    Another great post and some nice pictures.

    People certainly seem more affectionate in public these days, must be the odd few days of sunshine we have been having from time to time.

    Highlight of the post in my humble opinion is the shot of you and your daughter, it shows two people who’s expressions show that they love each others company and spending time together. A really nice picture.

    An enjoyable post, now back to the decorating, my office is the target and just about to get started with the painting of the walls, I think I would prefer a trip to Europe.

    • Mikalee, you of all people should know that I could be very cynical about love at this point in my life. And I’d be justified. I could look it in the eye and say, this too won’t last. But, call me a cock-eyed optimist. I still believe in love! Here’s to love, and here’s to you, my friend.

  2. What a gorgeous place for a wedding — I especially love the astrological clock. I’d never heard of something like that before. Yes, it definitely looks as if Love was in the air — all kinds of Love! What a splendid vacay you had, and I love how you described it — your bouncy step, stress-free, contented. Just what a vacation should be!

  3. Maybe they really know how to live over there, across the pond.

    I do know that they get more vacation time than we do. Gives them more time for things like love, and noticing what’s going on rather than being so self-absorbed.

    Lovely pictures!

  4. Nice to be stress-free and away from it all. I’ve been to Prague a couple of times and it’s a beautiful, historic place. You didn’t catch the love bug over there? :-)

  5. I hope it’s in the air! There is not enough love in the world. We all could benefit from love being pumped into our lives via some sort of oxygen tank. It’s the one thing that can uplift you when you are feeling so down and nothing is going right.

  6. Oh, Monica, those wedding couple shots are wonderful! I love the “love is in the air” theme of this post! And really, if you can’t be romantic and lovey dovey in places like Prague and Vienna, then something’s definitely wrong! hee hee! The shot of you and your girl is priceless. You both look so happy! Methinks this vacation was long overdue and I’m glad you had such a wonderful time! :)

    • Bella, seems like everyone wants to get married, or at least have their photo taken in the old town square in Prague. It does offer the perfect backdrop, don’t you think? Having a vacation was just what the doctor ordered. Very enjoyable, indeed!

  7. Ohhhhhh, L O V E. Love. Love.

    B e a u t i f u l
    photos, Monica.

    I ADORE that fluffy white wedding gown. Omgggoodness. I want to wear it. I don’t know why, but I want want want. Xxxxx

    • Thanks, Lisa! My daughter thought I was shameless for taking these shots, but I wanted to capture the joy of new love in its many forms. Unfortunately, the idea to take these shots came after my trip was more than half over. I saw so many opportunities to take photos, and I guess I missed out on quite a few. Others kissed or hugged too quickly and didn’t (selfish beasts!) give me time to turn on my camera to capture them in action. ;)

  8. I am a big believer in love (even though it’s the toughest gig ever) I remain a hopeless romantic. Besides writing about writing, I write love letters and poetry (not always posted) on the subject of love. It’s the only thing that makes sense to me. I know, what a romantic. I wonder sometimes if I am alone in my quest to explain the why and how, the why not and never again, but I suspect there are a few others out there like me. You’ve sparked a thought, Monica.

    • I agree with you, Brenda. Love can be heaven, but it’s also difficult to maintain. Still, worth trying at least once. And definitely worth celebrating as I’m trying to do through these photos. I hope the “spark” turns into a blog post, Brenda. Would love to read it!

  9. My favorite has to be the one with you and your daughter, Monica. Nothing as peaceful and serene as a parent with their child, so my other favorite then, is the little girl in that adorable red dress, and the hand of her mum, gently on her back. I do that a countless amount of times, seeing it in your photo, makes me smile so much. I also loved the photo with the clock and planets revolving around. Beautiful couple.
    I have to say, my husband and I posed in front of so many monuments together on our trip, the girls took our photo, giggling quite a bit, because mum and dad were being silly – they thought:-)It was just such a romantic continent to visit. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    • Thank you so much, MM. That one happens to be a personal favorite (don’t ask me why! ;) )
      But actually, I think I like the one with the little girl in the red dress the best. She was such a cutie in her outfit, with the most beautiful, “Elizabeth Taylor” eyes!

  10. and you were smart enough to capture it when you saw it! It might be all around us everyday, but we don’t stop to see it.

    • Good point, Chris. Like I mentioned in one of my replies above, I saw signs of love as soon as my vacation began, but it didn’t occur to me to take pictures until my trip was almost over. So you’re right. It can be under our noses, but we don’t always see it. We go about our business and barely give it a second thought. Glad you liked the post and thanks so much for commenting!

  11. Hi Monica,

    L’Amour! Sooooo sweet! Really dig the post and great pictures. Not sure if they were all taken in Prage but they evoked my thirst for new and unknown places…while munching on chocolate, of course ;).

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