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.
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!
And one more:
So, would you agree? Is love in the air or is it my imagination?
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 ;).
LOVE this (ha ha), Monica! You captured it perfectly. That’s Amore! 🙂
Thank you, Becky. What can be more beautiful than love? 😉
FYI – Passed on an addictive award to you today:
Why thank you so much, Dogdaz! I’m tickled pink to have such an addictive award! 😉
Your photos are wonderful and what a lovely post! I couldn’t help but notice that you and your daughter have the same beautiful smile 🙂
Why Misty, that is the nicest compliment you could have paid me. Nothing gives me more happiness than my children, and to think my daughter and I have the same smile makes me feel warm all over. Thank you so much!
You are most welcome!
I love it! I love that the presentations of love included the romantic kind and more! Reminds me of a beautiful, but hardly known song by Lizz Fields, titled “When I See Love”. Take a listen when you get a chance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ9Cf0k2Xxo
Thanks for the link, SomerEmpress. I will definitely check it out! Glad you liked my post. Hope it brought a little joy into your life, if only for a moment. 😉
It certainly did!
It’s infectious, isn’t it? Makes me want to break out into a Beatles song. 🙂 I’m especially glad you managed to get that photo of your daughter and you into the mix.
When you think about it, Deborah, how many songs have been written about love and how many about hate? I rest my case! Love is, indeed, everywhere. 😉
Monica – great post and we need to be reminded that love is alive in all of us!
Absolutely, Elizabeth! It’s in the air–and, it’s infectious!
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!
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!
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!
These photographs are so wonderful! I don’t know which makes me smile more: the couples themselves, or the fact that you were able to capture their expressions of affection! 🙂
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. 😉
Ohhhhhh, L O V E. Love. Love.
B e a u t i f u l
I ADORE that fluffy white wedding gown. Omgggoodness. I want to wear it. I don’t know why, but I want want want. Xxxxx
Yes, Kim, it is quite stunning. I agree. Ah, the many shades of love. It comes in all sizes–and styles!
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!
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.
I agree, Cindy. These photos are a great reminder of how good that first blush of love can feel. Glad I could share these with my readers and “spread” the gospel of love. 😉
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? 🙂
Totsy, no I didn’t. That kind of love and me, well, we don’t mix very well. Besides, being on my own gives me more time to write! 😉
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.
Thanks, Eloise! I think you’re on to something. It’s the extra vacation time that makes them inclined to good, old-fashioned public displays of love!
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!
That clock is one of a kind. And it’s absolutely even more stunning in person. Thank you for your wonderful comments!
These people all look like they’re starring in magazine photo shoots — I guess love really can be picture-perfect, huh?
Simply beautiful… 🙂
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.
What a fun post, Monica. Looks like love was in a whole lot more than just the air. Looks like the air was only the beginning. But then you had me at chocolate. LOL
Yes, Kathy, chocolate. One of my greatest loves! I pine for it everyday. I dream in chocolate. Sigh.
You had me at ‘stress free’. Wherever that is, I want to be there.
I love being stress free, a rare occurrence, but worth attaining!
These are beautiful photos makes me want to pose in front of something with my hubby and grab a couple of shots…
Jodi, you should! And be sure to post them. It’s always a good time to celebrate love in all its forms. A great reminder of what is good in people. Their ability to love. 🙂
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.
Thanks, Robert. I found it enchanting to see so many displays of love, more than I actually ended up capturing. Ah, love!