This week’s travel theme from Ailsa’s blog “Where’s my backpack?” is Simplicity. This one was a tough one for me. Looking through travel photos, I did not realise how cluttered a lot of the photos were. It would seem that the quest for simplicity is harder than first imagined. As usual, all the images link through to my larger photos on my Flickr site.

My first photo is of the flagpole that is on top of our National Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. The architectural design of the building itself is one of simplicity, but I think that the beautiful, yet strikingly simple design of the flagpole with its four arms is fitting of the overall design. Too bad the politicians inside don’t reflect the purity of this design through their fork-tongued carrying mouths.

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Visiting my brother in Toronto, Canada, afforded us the opportunity to take a little detour to Montreal. Montreal is an awesome mashup of Europe and North America with its own crazy and cool vibe to it. We took a break from being tourists one afternoon and had a set of macarons. It was a simple afternoon tea.

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On my second trip to Japan I went to Kanazawa, home to a vast array of artistic endeavours. It was raining a lot when I arrived as a monsoon storm had just hit the East Coast. Fortunately Kanazawa is on the West coast and avoided the brunt of the storm. Still I sought respite indoors as much as possible and its 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art provided that and a bit more. I am not a fan of a lot of modern art, but the building was uber-cool in its simplistic and clean design.

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Shanghai in China is anything but simplistic, but upon flying out and returning home we had to use the new terminal. It was empty save for a few passengers on the two or three flights that were scheduled to depart from its gates. The terminal is straight and long, with gentle sloping roof. The simple curved motif on the roof ran for hundreds of metres inside the terminal.

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The highlight of my trip to Washington DC, USA, was a visit to the Smithsonian Institute Air and Space Museum. When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut, closely followed by a pilot. My dream is to still get my pilot’s wings one day soon. When I walked into the front door I was mesmerised. In there hanging from the ceiling was the Bell X-1 – the first plane to break the sound barrier. It’s design is strikingly simple from everything that came before it. It was basically a rocket engine with wings – cool!

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Take the time to have a look at some of the other bloggers posts. There are some keen travellers with a good photo eye amongst the posts.