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Postcards from Europe

 

How do you summarize an entire continent in a few hundred words?

You can’t, really. Especially Europe, because as a visiting North American, the sheer grandeur and antiquity is incomprehensible until faced with it. At times, it stopped our hearts from beating, our feet in our tracks, and halted the flow of words from our mouths.

And then there were those damn infuriating Mozart Balls. And touted tourist meccas that we found disappointing (London). And some curt Germans who put us in our place.

But really, we loved it. Every minute of it. How could we not?

In lieu of words that will most certainly fall short, we want to pay tribute in the best way we know how, a collection of our favorite photos.

 

We started our exploration by house-sitting for two months in Ireland. We took care of a 10th century manor, and enjoyed roaming the countryside when we could.

Dark Hedges Ireland

 

Connemara Ireland

 

Another house-sitting gig took us to Belgium for a brief visit.

Gent Belgium

 

The Netherlands was a country that surprised us a bit – we didn’t expect to like it as much as we did!

Amsterdam Netherlands

 

We made a couple of visits to the UK, and even though we didn’t love London, it sure is pretty sometimes.

Edinburgh UK

 

London Tower Bridge England

 

From London we flew south to begin our Eurail.com Blog Trail – visiting Croatia, Slovenia and a big chunk of Italy.

Dubrovnik Croatia

 

Plitvice Croatia

 

Lake Bled Slovenia

 

Amalfi Italy

 

The nation of Malta is tiny, tiny, tiny, and it was also hot, hot, hot.

Azure Window Malta

 

We skirted the top of Germany with a stop in Hamburg, and then the bottom by spending a week exploring the area around Munich. We need much more time there.

Hamburg Germany

 

Germany
 
Adios Europe! We will see you again soon.
 

70 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Great photo set guys. I’m from Ireland, and when the sun shines there, it is indeed a wonderful looking country.
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  2. Incredible.

    That is all that is needed to say.

  3. Stunning, stunning, absolutely stunning. I must reiterate that you two do the best postcards out of anyone I’ve ever seen.

    My favorites: United Kingdom, Italia, Slovenia, and Germany!

  4. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I’m choosing Ireland, just because it’s not one my list of places I want to go and the photo makes me feel like I may be missing out.
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  5. Is it wrong that I was judging them by the font? I love the Italia one (both the pic and the font)… :)
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  6. Wow, gorgeous! Are there HD photography?
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  7. Fantastic shots…have you thought about selling them?

  8. Amazing, breathtaking photographs!! I don’t think you could have summarized Europe any better.
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  9. Well, you have me drooling over your photos, as usual.

    And dreaming of being back in Europe.
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  10. You do such a great job with these. You know we have a big thing for Croatia right now so love those.

  11. Stunning photos! But really how do you summarize a continent eh? But what about Austria??
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  12. awesome shots. makes me wanna head back to Europe IMMEDIATELY!

  13. These look so great guys! It makes me look forward to other parts of Europe.

  14. These are spectacular! What a great idea! Love Europe :)

  15. Great postcards, as usual! I think Slovenia is my favorite – such a beautiful photo!
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    • That has to be my favorite photo as well. It was our first trip to Bled. It was so cold Dalene decided to go back to a cafe for a cappuccino and I thought I would take a stroll around the lake. I’m so happy I did as the fog broke and I got this shot.

  16. Well done! I like the one of Tower Bridge because of the bright lights and calm water. But I also like the Slovenia one because its so original and spooky.

  17. Awesome photos! Hard to pick which one I like the best but the one from Northern Ireland is beautiful (and maybe because Ireland is on my mind too!)
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  18. Gorgeous postcards from Europe. Lake Bled shrouded in fog is one of my favorites. And the Tower Bridge almost appears as if sparkling diamonds are glittering on it.
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  19. Great pictures! :) Haven’t been to Ireland, but your photo looks very inviting :)

  20. All are wonderful but Slovenia is super amazing. Romantic perfection.Thanks for a beautiful start to my day.
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  21. Brilliant as always! Great photos.

  22. Amazing photos, as always. So many places I haven’t visited yet!
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  23. Jaw dropping photos, guys. Well done!

    The one of Slovenia is really cool!

    • Thanks Tom, it is one of my favorite shots. Not only for the outcome, but the memory in getting it. It was freezing cold that day and you couldn’t see anything through the fog, but I thought I would chance it. I’m glad I did…

  24. I want to live in that first photo! It’s like a fairytale!

  25. You have such a talent with landscapes! These really bring out the magic of Europe.

  26. Amazing photos. When my least favorite is a great shot of Neuschwanstein, that’s saying something about the quality of the rest.

  27. So beautiful it hardly seems real. Agh. And I seriously had no idea Ireland was so mountainous until Pam posted a photo on FB the other day! MUST GO.

  28. Incredible photos. I always find curating a best of to be a challenge, and you guys have such epic photos to choose from, but you appear to have risen to said challenge magnificently! Great work :D

  29. Sounds like yo had an awesome trip in Europe! Such a great place to travel around, and so easy. Thanks for sharing.

  30. gorgeous postcards! And I must admit, I feel happy that someone else shares my “meh” feeling for London…

    I mean, I’m sure London has its charms, but even after being there 4 times, I don’t find it particularly interesting or amazing… meh

    - Maria Alexandra
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  31. You must be very close to having a postcard from every country in the world!

  32. Breathtaking postcards. You really have the eye of a photographer, excellent framing and stunning colors. Great work!
    However, I cannot imagine a summary of postcards from Europe without Greece in it ;)
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  33. Wow!!! All the captures are just so so so beautiful! Cant pick up a favorite one. Europe is such a beauty! Thanks for sharing this
    :)
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  34. Great collection! And great to get a sense of what you have seen/where you have been in Europe. Of course I have to ask – what was your favorite?

    And I am reminded that you spent some time in Belgium – I just got back from my second trip to Belgium. I will have to look at your individual posts on Belgium and give you my take on what we saw there.

    Thanks for sharing with us as you always do!

  35. Wow. Amazing pics as usual. Nice portrait of Europe! :)

    Hope to have you back soon! :)

  36. Stunning shots…all of those… very difficult to pick the best one…. while scrolling through these pics, seems like Europe is calling….incredible work with the camera….
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  37. How do you summarise Europe? – Rome

  38. Amazing photos, absolutly amazing all of them!
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