5 Weeks galavanting around Europe went way too fast. I’d spent years dreaming and saving to just getaway. I was so inspired to leave and explore cities I’d read about in books. And I can honestly say my trip was the best time of my life, so far.
I saw cities, countries, people and cultures so different to mine yet so beautiful and intriguing. I started off with two weeks in England, in a smaller city called Brighton, a few days in London and a week or so in Amersham and its surrounding country towns. Now I’ve been to England a few times before but it is different every time. I love the architecture in England, the old cobble stone streets, the exquisite churches, parliament buildings, classic black cabs and red double deckers. While the winter weather was quite gloomy (as I was warned many times), I love the place, England is my second home.
The emphasis on art and history astounds me of all of Europe. I further travelled to; France; Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.
A swiss rooftop;
Above Prague with its red rooftops;
Snow scattered Salzburg, AustriaMy favourite for sure was Italy, specifically Rome and Florence. Italy is stunning. All the people I encountered were so beautiful, welcoming and kind. You walk down a street in Rome only to be overcome with the ancient history you pass by, ancient ruins surrounded my modern day life. It its truly unique. Language was no barrier and the culture there was so exuberant. Early on in Italy I felt pangs of passion for the country, the language and culture. I’m determined that every time I visit Italy in the future my passion will perpetuate. I fell in love with the country.
An Italian women looks out her window. (if you can’t tell; it was the simplest things I loved the most)
Pizza!!! (the pasta was to die for though)
A ruined Colloseum
My second favourites were on par with each other. Berlin, Germany and Amsterdam Netherlands. Once again both of these places have such strong and important history which I became extremely interested in. Having little proper knowledge of the Holocaust, Hitlers engagements and relating history everything was an eye opener for me. I was literally astonished. I went to many museums and educated myself of such a terrible history.
On another note. Berlin was just a stunning city, somewhere I vowed to go back to. One of the places that inspired me. The Germans also came across as extremely kind people and their food was amazing (so deep fried). I feel like you really have to go there yourself and see what you feel to understand what I mean.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Berlin)
Eastside Gallery (Art of the Berlin wall)
A schnitzel burger (Hash browns as buns??? So cool. Accidentally ordered chips as well oops..)
Amsterdam was literally magical. It is so relaxed there, everything and everyone is so chill. Everything is legal there and I think thats half the charm of the atmosphere. Honestly one of the best cities I’ve been to. They rode their bikes everywhere, their streets and houses were so cute. They’re obsessed with art and music. Its hard to explain these places that just stuck with me. I really feel like you have to go there yourself.
These three cities gave me a feeling thats hard to describe, I felt so inspired being in them, like I could do anything. I felt so passionate and happy about being at these three places specifically, and I think feelings like this shouldn’t be ignored. You fall in love with people yes but you can fall in love with cities which is truly magical different kind of love.
TRAVEL my friends. I’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg for sure, but a life changing iceburg that was. Save your money and spend it on travelling. Life shouldn’t be about things, it should be about experiences. I can’t express how much I loved it. If you do anything, go travelling.
As soon as I save up enough, I’ll be back.
See you there. Don’t ignore your wanderlust.