Abruzzo, Italy

So it looks like I won’t be going for walks for a while.

It seems I have inflamed tendons around the knee probably caused by a lot of factors but ultimately triggered by me starting running and overdoing it. Running was a wonderful addition to my life so I’m rather sad and upset. It’s October and still very mild, the weather is good for those lovely autumn walks that won’t happen this year. But the only thing I can do about it for now is to rest and follow instructions from my PT.

I love going for walks. When I come to a new place, the first thing I want to do is to go for a walk, to explore the scenery or the town/village. In Sweden I walked a lot, since we moved here I’ve walked a lot, and when we go to Italy I walk a lot. I have some lovely memories to look back to and that’s what I’m going to do in this post.

Let’s take some time to celebrate the beauty of going for a walk, and what you can find and enjoy while doing it. Of course I always bring the camera!

Where we lived in Sweden there were plenty of nice areas for walking, both around where we lived, and in town. We lived by lake Vänern where there are many little twists and turns along the shore. Sadly I’ve been ditching old, not great photos a bit too harshly but I have a few!

Vänersborg
Near where I lived in Sweden
Vänersborg
The little port in Skräckleparken, a lovely park in Vänersborg, Sweden. A lovely autumn morning.
Vänersborg
A lovely walk in October 2018, shortly before leaving our house to move in with my inlays and later move to Ireland

Other places I love to go for walks are actually some cities – Göteborg and Stockholm. I have very few photos from there, probably I didn’t think they were good enough. But the old town areas in both Göteborg (which is called Haga) and Stockholm (called Gamla stan – Old town) are lovely to go for walks. Hopefully I’ll get there again eventually.

Göteborg
Göteborg, near the central station

My favourite walks have been in Italy and Ireland. Before 2019, we went to a certain place in Abruzzo, Italy, every year. We found a lovely accommodation in 2013 where you can rent apartments at a farm, and this has become a second home to us. The owners are more like friends than anything else! We really hope to get back there next year. When we’re there I take a walk every morning along the little lane surrounded by olive trees. These are also my favourite photography subject there.

Abruzzo, Italy
Abruzzo, Italy
Bosco, the wonderful family dog who follows us everywhere
Abruzzo, Italy
Abruzzo, Italy
Abruzzo, Italy
Abruzzo, Italy
From the area you can see both major mountain tops, I always mix them up but I think this is Gran Sasso

The last time we were over, we went for a walk in this lovely area, Piana del Voltigno. I definitely want to see more of it!

Abruzzo, Italy

Italian cities aren’t bad for walking either. There’s lots to see, lots of interesting architecture and of course plenty of good places to have a really good coffee.

Milano
Milano
Milano
Milano
Venezia

However, I’m more of a country girl so I do prefer walking in rural areas. Such as… West Cork.

Sheep's Head
Sheep’s Head
Sheep's Head
Sheep’s Head at its best, in mid August
Near Butlerstown
Near Butlerstown

The area around here is the best.

West Cork
West Cork
West Cork
West Cork
West Cork

That’s it for now about my past walks. I hope you enjoyed them, and I wish you a good weekend with pleasant activities. Perhaps a good walk!


Linking with Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share.


28 responses to “Going for walks”

  1. Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au avatar

    Hi Susanne – I can certainly relate to being unable to walk. I hope your knee problem sorts itself out and you don’t need to do anything too major to get back out into nature. Thanks for the beautiful photos – the colour and clarity of your pictures always appeals to me – and some of the photos of the Irish countryside were particularly lovely.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Leanne, thank you, I really hope so too! It seems it’ll take some time though but it’s ok because I have a lot of computer work to do. I’m happy like my photos, and I think some of those photos of the Irish countryside are my favourites too.

  2. Writing Sparkle avatar

    There is nothing like a good walk especially when there are so many beautiful things to see.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh yes, absolutely! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Barbara avatar

    Hi Susanne and sorry to hear about your knee. Lovely to see bits of Sweden 🙂

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks Barbara! I wish I had saved more photos from Stockholm and Gamla Stan. They really weren’t that bad.. but I did a strict photo cleanup a while ago.

  4. Joanne avatar
    Joanne

    I am so sorry to read about your knee! I know just how you feel– we love to get out hiking and walking every day if we can and I had a few months where it was so incredibly difficult after I pulled a muscle in my foot. It was driving me crazy to focus on rest and healing but I am so thankful I did and that I didn’t make my injury even worse. These photos are fabulous! I too tend to be more a country girl and find that I rarely take photos in cities; not like I do when I’m out in nature.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks so much Joanne!! For the moment I feel so bad! But the most important thing I’ll learn from this is to never take health for granted and that the main thing is to be able do normal things, be able to go to the kitchen to make the morning coffee without pain, and be able to get out to enjoy nature.

  5. Jennifer Jones avatar

    Sorry to hear about your injury. Unfortunately there’s no short cut so just rest up and let it heal. I understand your frustration as I also love walking. Your photos are beautiful #weekendcoffeeshare

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Jennifer and thank you. Yes, the only thing to do now is to rest and recover. I really want this to heal asap! Thanks for visiting and I hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

  6. trent avatar
    trent

    I am a huge walker and love to go out for a walk every time I get a chance. I hope you are back on your feet again soon! And hope you can find a way to put running into your life without hurting your knees.
    The photos are all great! I have met a lot of people from Sweden (we had an exchange student when I was a kid and our parents stayed in touch) and most of my family has visited. The photos you posted from there are lovely, and with what Maria posts, I want to visit! The Italian countryside looks beautiful as well. Although I have been to Tuscany and drove all over Sicily, most of my time in Italy was in Rome. And my couple of days in Ireland did not scratch the surface of the gorgeous country you now call home! Anyway, all great photos.
    I hope you are enjoying your weekend and have a wonderful week!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Trent, it seems you have some travelling in Europe to do! Sweden, Italy and Ireland. 🙂 There are so many beautiful places and areas to see… out of the cities.
      Right now I’m feeling quite miserable and uncertain about whether I’ll have to courage to try running again but maybe I can discuss some kind of plan with my PT when/if I get back to normal. (By the way, I edited the typo in your original comment)

      1. trent avatar
        trent

        So many places to go, so little time… There is so much to see and do outside of the cities, but the cities have a such a huge pull, and you could spend a decade in a place like Rome and not see every museum, ancient ruin, etc.

        1. Susanne avatar

          That’s very true! And cities can be lovely to visit too. Rome is fantastic, and so are many other Italian cities. And Dublin, Stockholm, etc..

  7. Natalie avatar

    Susanne, Thank you for your weekend coffee share and lovely photos. They bring back fond memories of Sweden, Italy and Ireland for me. I hope your knee heals well and you’re back to enjoy walks and runs soon. Be patient and let your body fully recover.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Hi Natalie, I’m happy I could bring back some good memories for you! They are some beautiful places for sure. Thanks for the well wishes, I’m taking it very easy now.

  8. Denyse Whelan avatar

    So much variety in the places for walking. Gosh, I loved seeing these. We have been ‘away’ from many good places for walking and exploring thanks to Covid 19 and I look forward to going back into the city of Sydney once we move down there. Take care, injuries are hard to get over when you are WANTING to be out there!! Denyse #wcs

    1. Susanne avatar

      I’m glad you liked these places, Denyse!
      For the moment there’s absolutely no risk I’ll overdo anything because I can barely get to the kitchen to make coffee! And will strictly follow orders also when I start getting better. I certainly don’t want this to remain for longer than necessary. I look forward to seeing your photos in the future from Sydney.

  9. Maria avatar

    So many wonderful walks! A vacation filled with walks in beautiful places is an excellent vacation if you ask me.

    1. Susanne avatar

      That’s the truth of the day, Maria! I’m glad you enjoyed some of my favourite places. Hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.

  10. Janet Alcorn avatar

    Incredible photos! I hope your knee heals quickly so you can out for more walks.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Janet! And yes, I really hope so too!

  11. Deborah avatar

    Lots of great photos. It’s frustrating when our mobility is affected. Hope you are on the mend soon.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Deborah. Yes, it’s very frustrating, and I’m not used to being injured! But at least it could have been worse.

  12. Marsha Ingrao avatar

    Susanne, I hope you get back on your feet soon. When I tore my meniscus last year, I stayed away from walking because I thought I was supposed to. Then I found out that because I didn’t move I got deep vein thrombosis. So be good to yourself and keep hobbling along. You will be glad you did. Your photos are stunning. The path with the yellow leaves is especially inviting. Your bug and sheep close-ups are my two favorites of all the gorgeous shots. Good luck keeping up the walking. I think I’ll go for one right now. 🙂

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh Marsha, that’s horrible!!! I’ve been worried about something like that too. I know I’m supposed to rest but that only means to not put (unnecessary) weight on that leg. I’ve been walking around in the house because I had to, my husband isn’t here during the day. It was painful and awkward though! But yesterday a friend of mine got me a pair of crutches she had in a shed, and this helps tremendously, now I can get around without worry and from tomorrow I’m going out again – to a camera club meeting, then to play music Thursday and Friday. I also got exercises to move my ankles and hips etc from my PT so I keep as active as I can. And I’m going back to the gym on Friday!
      Happy you liked my photos, the closeups are some of my favourites too!

  13. Anne avatar

    I hope you’re continuing to progress and that you are now back to walking more. Living in and visiting such beautiful places just calls for long walks to savor them, doesn’t it? The photos of Italy were stunning – absolutely stunning. I’ve only been to Florence and Milan – years ago, now, as in >20 – and desperately want to get back to Europe. I wish I were just graduating college and could take a “gap year”. Maybe someday, if I ever switch jobs or careers… I could maybe swing a “gap month”. 🙂 (A brief trip to Ireland in June IS in the works, though – conference in Dublin and I need to find out the rules for extending international travel at my current University… :>) Take care of yourself, I know it’s hard. (Also? Do they have a running store near you where they can analyze your gait? Or can your PT help with that? Just to make sure you’re in the right shoes for you?)

    1. Susanne avatar

      Didn’t I bring this up in my running post, about running shoes? Just before going from bad to worse, I was in Cork for a music workshop (which is, I think, where I worsened the injury because there was a lot of walking and stairs involved) and to go to a certain shop to buy proper running shoes. My PT had checked my feet and recommended a specific model and, after trying two different shoes/brands in the shop, the one he recommended was what I eventually bought. They’re like walking on cushions!! 😀
      If you come to Dublin, let me know in advance and I’ll take a trip up there. If you’re able to get down to Cork, even better!
      I’m much better now, by the way, and took my first (in a few weeks) walk yesterday… it was a very slow walk but it was fabulous to get out there again!

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