Do You See a Pattern?

Frequently in our travels, we’ve noticed interesting, eye-pleasing patterns that show up. They’re sometimes planned, and other times coincidental, but for whatever reason, these patterns draw the eye and beg for a photograph.

Patterns are by definition, a repeated design, and these statues of Buddha, in Colombo, Sri Lanka are a classic example. The “bleachers” on which they sat were unusual, but the repeated pattern, symmetry, and balance of the whole made them engaging.

Golden tiled stupa in Royal Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

In most cultures gold is a symbol of riches and power, and in the Royal Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, these gold tiles were everywhere. The gleaming walls were awe-inspiring from a distance, but the pattern made them just as interesting close up.

Thai flip-flop display in Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

This display may just be humble, practical flip-flops in the Chatuchak Flea Market in Bangkok, but this savvy stall owner knows a thing or two about marketing. When the repeated pattern of the sandals is combined with the randomness of splashy colors, how can the eye resist?

Brick wall in Ostia Antica outside Rome, Italy

An ancient wall in Ostia Antica outside Rome presented a slightly more complex, but equally appealing pattern. The combination of earth-tone colors, and two different shapes make for a simple but alluring pattern. And if you think this classic isn’t an enduring theme, visit the tile department in your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Peaceful Trails,
James and Terri


We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

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