Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Benches

I thought I might find Ailsa’s Benches Challenge rather a difficult one, but it’s amazing what one can turn up after a bit of searching.

It’s so great when on holiday, to see a welcoming bench when one’s feet are hot and legs are tired after trudging around for hours, looking at all the sights. Here is one taken in Central Park. We’d had to be out of our hotel in the morning, and had an evening flight out of JFK, so we decided to spend a few hours in the park.


The rain didn’t dampen our spirits as we watched our son trying out his new roller blades, also in Central Park.


Here we are at Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. I’d just bought the sheepskin jacket to keep me from shivering, as even in July the weather was decidedly chilly.


One hot day in Greece, our son snapped us having a welcome sit downΒ  in the Athens Plaka, after visiting the Acropolis and other old ruins.


Here at ‘Old Faithful’ is a bench to sit on whilst waiting for the ‘old geyser’ to erupt. It was far too cold for me to sit down. I had to keep moving or I would have frozen to the spot.


I couldn’t resist having my pic taken on this beautifully carved bench in Bali. The price tag is very hefty, but still doesn’t include me. πŸ™‚


Whilst taking dear MiL out to for the day in England, we were both happy to find this gorgeous bench which someone had wisely placed half way around the park. We sat there listening to the bird song whilst hubby went galloping off down some steep wooden steps to do a bit of exploring on his own.


Here in Sherwood Forest, is a bench where one can sit and view the famous ‘Major Oak’, inside which, according to local folklore, Robin Hood and his merry men took shelter. It’s estimated to weigh around 23 tons, has a girth of 33 feet (10 metres), and is between 800–1000 years old. It’s not surprising that at such a great age, it needs crutches. πŸ™‚


Our granddaughter Sienna, visiting from the USA, thought this funny cow at a shopping mall in Johannesburg, wouldn’t mind if she shared her bench.


Much closer to home, we have a couple of memorial benches just above our beach access, where it’s great to sit and watch the waves.


Just a little farther along the beach path, there are more benches.



There are plenty of rocks on the beach itself, which make great improvised benches


You can even use them for a little get together and a sing along.


The pier also has a few benches,


all with spectacular views.


When you get to the end of the promenade, you can sit for a while and rest your legs, before the return 2 km trek back home. Well that’s what I was intending to do, but someone got there before me. 😦


Well, I think I’m all benched out now, but if you would like to see more, just click on this link.

107 comments on “Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Benches

  1. Hi Sylvia,
    This is a really lovely collection you have put together, of unusual benches, exotic places, and stories to bind it all together. Wonderful post!

  2. I love the Ol’ Faithful bench picture and the benches on the pier. Those are some pretty awesome shots. It’s funny how you thought you might not have any and you had a full collection. Nice digging into the archives.

  3. Lovely! What a fun grouping. My favorite set would be the beachy benches (surprise!) but for your most beautiful granddaughter! So… the cow bench definitely gets my vote. πŸ™‚

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  5. You have been sitting on some amazing benches … and had some amazing view from them .. can you imaging if benches could speak … what fantastic stories we would be told.

  6. Very enjoyable tour of your wonderful bench photo’s. I love the beautifully carved bench in Bali. I would have been fearful to sit on it. The carving on it is incredible. I can’t imagine where someone would put it. It’s too beautiful for a garden. In a home it would take up the entire space. It is gorgeous.

  7. What a terrific collection Sylvia! All interwoven with so many fond memories πŸ™‚ The one of you on the memorial bench looking out to sea, and the one with the light house are my favourites.

  8. What an assortment of benches. You must be a professional bench sitter! My favorite is the Bali bench with the heft price tag. You, my fine friend, are priceless! πŸ™‚

  9. you really hit the jackpot with benches ad … amazing … love the sculpture of the cow … and the aussie brand store right behind it πŸ˜‰

  10. I have always wondered why there were so many benches, now I know, they were all made for you πŸ˜‰ Move over !! Would you like a sandwich ?? πŸ˜€ Ralph xox

  11. I was just wondering how you’d managed to find so many empty benches when you finally ran out of luck, Ad! Feeling hot and tired automatically means that any bench I approach is brim full. πŸ™‚

  12. Amazing. Every time I visit I am knocked out. It’s like a real live version of Where in the world is Wally?
    Why you haven’t written at least one book is beyond me.
    Any publisher of travel books would be slavering at the bit..
    Even a coffee table book. With all the photos you have? And the stories. Imagine?
    Truly, I am not joking. Why HAVEN’T you written a book? Or have you?

      • Should be fairly straightforward. It’s not as if you have to go and look for the material LOL!

        A short query letter to an agent who specializes in travel books couldn’t do any harm?
        Even a ‘themed’ book would be great; something based on all your blogging work?
        25 chapters; with 25 themes, from 25 countries.
        Title. Well, obvious really…AD in Paradise, featuring you in that hammock on the cover!

        It would almost write itself…..:)

  13. A wonderful way to relax and see the world in front of you. You looked like you were having a good time.


  14. So many beautiful benches to choose from, Sylvia, but I have to say that my favourite is the owl one!

    When we were in San Francisco a few years ago, in July, we had to buy fleece jackets to keep warm!!

    • Thanks, Marianne. I’ve since been told that it’s always cold in San Fran in July. It’s not surprising that the shops had a good selection of jackets and long sleeved T-shirts. πŸ™‚

  15. In Hermanus the patriarch of a family donated a bench – but the baboons are sitting there, too cute, wish I had a photo.
    Your photos are exquisite as usual.

  16. I’ve never seen so many benches all around the world. I love the Bali bench with the hefty price tag that doesn’t include you! Funny. Great places to sit and contemplate, or simply watch the world go by. πŸ™‚

  17. Hi AD,
    The bench in Bali is really beautiful with the same price tag I am sure! Lovely photo’s once again, and how lovely it would be right now to be on a bench just watching the sea!

    Take care

  18. So many benches in my area have been taken away. They were broken or vandalised and never replaced. If one does find a bench it is usually occupied by a lay-about. Memorial benches are a great idea and they can be found in Dutch parks as well.

  19. you sure did take up the challenge.. and what a wonderful variety of benches you found. It would be difficult to say which was favourite but I like the owl one, or maybe the cow…or maybe the …. all of them

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