“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
In 23 days we covered 9 different countries and changed currency 4 times. We kept the bags light and the days long and did what I do best, kept moving. With my cameras in hand, and the best people by my side, it was a trip for the ages. I used my trusty Gopro cameras and my Fujifilm X-E2 to document the entire trip. My love for travel photography started 5 years ago when I first visited Europe. I’ve never been more satisfied with my images and I’m so happy to share them. Hope you enjoy this little “travel diary” I’ve put together as well as the images that go with it.
First Stop – Dublin, Ireland followed by County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Accommodation: Generator Hostel, Dublin – 4 bed Private Room – 8/10
Our journey started off in Dublin, Ireland. To be honest, Dublin does not excite the traveler in me. The city is dull, the weather sucks, and the food is terrible. However the people of that country will always be the best part about visiting. Every time we were lost, a kind irishmen would stop and take the time to help us. I could listen to their accents all day long, lovely people. We visited the Guinness Brewery, the Jameson Distillery, rode a horse drawn carriage, and visited a local pub all in a days work. It was a great start to the adventure but we were soon on the move.
We ended our Irish adventures with a day trip to Northern Ireland and saw some amazing countryside at Carrick a Rede rope bridge, giants Causeway, and the dark hedges. This day trip was my second favorite day of the entire trip. I was having a field day shooting the cliffs, the water, and the overall lush countryside. Wish we could have stayed there longer but the British pound is a little too pricey for us so we had to move on. The Emerald Isle is beautiful…hope to visit again soon.
Next Stop – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Accommodation: StayOkay Amsterdam Hostel – 10+ dorm room – 5/10
I didn’t use the camera much while we were in Amsterdam. We had one decent day for weather and spent that entire day going through the canals and drinking Heineken. We ate some delicious Shawarma followed by Dutch pancakes which was all washed down by more Heineken. All shots are from GOPRO Hero 4 Black Edition.
Next Stop – Prague, Czech Republic
Accommodation: Wenceslas Square Hotel – 8 bed Hotel Room- 8/10
Two days in a mediocre hostel in Amsterdam and we were off to a new city. I had no idea what to expect from this city but the combination of our giant hotel room, rooftop views, and beer being cheaper than water, made it a blast. Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, the St. Vitus Cathedral, and the very cool astronomical clock – all the things you check off when visiting Prague – ended up being some of the coolest places I’ve ever been. The city just felt so old and I loved exploring every minute of it. We threw in a nice dinner cruise that turned out to be a lovely evening of us getting to know each other a little better. We spent a lot of time from high vantage points in this city. Needless to say, I shot a lot of city shots from these rooftops while the gang drank lots of beer…..enjoy!
Next Stop – Garmisch, Germany followed by a day trip to Tyrol, Austria
Accommodation: Sport Quartier – 2 bedroom apartment – 10/10
Now that we got a few cities out of the way, it was time to hit the mountains. I knew i’d fall in love with Garmisch before I even got there. It’s a gorgeous town surrounded by mountains and the loveliest people. Our apartment was a nice change having been in hostels and hotel rooms till now. We finally had separate rooms, a kitchen, our own terrace, and a living area. We also had a rent a car the entire stay so it made everything a little more comfortable than the usual use of public transportation. I went on photography overload while in Garmisch because everywhere you looked was a moment to capture or a scene of natural beauty.
We attempted Zugspitze 3 times before finally having a clear enough day on the 4th. It’s worth every penny going to the top. We explored Eibsee, Alpspitz, Austria, Zugspitze, and finally did some laundry during our stay! We even tried a ropes course followed by a zipline over an olympic ski jump.
Unfortunately Ryan had food poisoning for a few days here so he missed out on some things. Oktoberfest would not have been the same without him so I opted out. Gives me all the reason to go back and visit again!
Next Stop – Interlaken, Switzerland
Accommodation – Balmers Herbege – 4 bed dorm – 7/10
We went from one glorious location to the next. Interlaken is a beautiful town surrounded by giant lakes and intense mountains. We experienced Ice climbing here as well as jet boating and fell completely in love with both experiences. I’ve always wanted to photograph a snowy landscape and I finally had the opportunity while hiking and climbing in the swiss alps. By far my favorite day of the trip was Ice climbing. Repelling into a glacier and then climbing back to the top was an exhilarating experience. We even witnessed an avalanche high up in the mountains while we were climbing. It was a beautifully perfect day.
Final Stop – Paris, France
Accommodation – Generator Hostel – 4 bed Private Ensuite – 9/10
We ended our trip sipping red wine and eating delicious food. Eiffel tower visits, Notre Dame fun, the Louvre, and Disneyland Paris were all perfect ways to end our epic eurotrip together. We were all exhausted by this point but we had to push through. Disney ended up being the highlight of the destination thanks to Space Mountain being nothing like we were expecting. It was a great day for all of us. Enjoy!
After an 18 hour layover in London, we were home bound. The saving has already started for my next trip coming up in 2016. Since this is a photography blog I should probably talk about that for a second……
I’m finally at a skill level where I’m comfortable with my images. I’m not constantly missing shots anymore because Im confident in my ability. That took a solid 4 years of practice for me to feel like I’ve mastered my style. I had the best time putting everything I’ve learned over the last few years of travel photography into this trip. I’m a happy camper when I’m out and about with my camera in hand and the best people by my side. I aim to make all the moments last and I hope I’ve accomplished that with this post.
I hope you all enjoyed this travel diary.
I’ll leave you with this….Work like crazy, Save Save Save, and get out there and see all the beauty this world has to offer. ALOHA!