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.
 

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  • September 13 2012

    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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    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      Thanks Carlo. We loved our time in Ireland and were especially lucky to get so much sun.

  • September 13 2012

    Incredible.

    That is all that is needed to say.

    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      Thanks Cole!!

  • September 13 2012

    Really lovely!

  • September 13 2012

    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!

    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      Thanks so much Kate :) It was pretty difficult to narrow down the photos to our favorites. We probably had 5-6 from each country.

  • September 13 2012

    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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    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      It’s funny how Ireland has this special place with us. We loved it, but when we left it was easy to go. Now we seem to both be reflecting back how beautiful it was and how we want to return.

  • September 13 2012

    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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    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      Haha, awesome. Dalene had the duties of font selection :)

  • September 13 2012

    Wow, gorgeous! Are there HD photography?
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    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      Hi Alex, Thanks so much :) Yes a number of these are HDR.

  • September 13 2012

    Fantastic shots…have you thought about selling them?

    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      Yep, want to buy some? ;)

  • adrienne (Boysenberries)
    September 13 2012

    absolutely AMAZING pics!!!

  • September 13 2012

    Amazing, breathtaking photographs!! I don’t think you could have summarized Europe any better.
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    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      Thanks Marisol, I’m glad. We had to leave some photos out otherwise it would have taken me weeks to get all the photos done.

  • September 13 2012

    Well, you have me drooling over your photos, as usual.

    And dreaming of being back in Europe.
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    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      Every time I come back to look at this post I dream of being back there too :)

  • September 13 2012

    You do such a great job with these. You know we have a big thing for Croatia right now so love those.

    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      Thanks Kent. I would love to spend a lot more time exploring what else Croatia has to offer (along with the rest of the Balkans)

  • September 13 2012

    Stunning photos! But really how do you summarize a continent eh? But what about Austria??
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    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      I figured somebody would ask :) Sorry, they didn’t make our cut, but I used some of our best shots in our Salzburg in Photos post.

  • September 13 2012

    awesome shots. makes me wanna head back to Europe IMMEDIATELY!

  • September 13 2012

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

    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      You guys are going to love it!!! Looking forward to seeing your adventures. Have fun at TBEX, wish we were there.

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

    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      Thanks Ellen!! We love Europe too :)

  • September 14 2012

    Great postcards, as usual! I think Slovenia is my favorite – such a beautiful photo!
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    • Pete
      September 14 2012

      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.

  • September 14 2012

    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.

  • September 14 2012

    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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  • September 14 2012

    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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  • September 14 2012

    I love that last shot!

  • September 14 2012

    Great pictures! :) Haven’t been to Ireland, but your photo looks very inviting :)

    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      Thanks Juno!! If you make it to Ireland, bring lots of digital memory, you will take a LOT of photos. It is definitely photo friendly :)

  • September 14 2012

    All are wonderful but Slovenia is super amazing. Romantic perfection.Thanks for a beautiful start to my day.
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    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      Glad we could help, hope you enjoy the rest of it :)

  • September 15 2012

    Brilliant as always! Great photos.

  • Ali
    September 15 2012

    Amazing photos, as always. So many places I haven’t visited yet!
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  • September 16 2012

    Jaw dropping photos, guys. Well done!

    The one of Slovenia is really cool!

    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      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…

  • September 16 2012

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

    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      You are right Laura, it truly was like being in a fairytale. It was a little difficult to find, but once we did there was not a soul around. We spent a good amount of time here enjoying the serenity.

  • September 16 2012

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

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

    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      Thanks Daniel, much appreciated :)

  • September 16 2012

    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.

    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      I was shocked too. When I first thought of Ireland, I just thought of green rolling fields and rocky cliffs on the shoreline. How wrong I was.

  • September 17 2012

    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

    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      Thanks Laurence. Damn I wish we were at TBEX to meet up and talk shop :) I’m loving your latest series on your site

  • September 17 2012

    I love your shot of Lake Bled!

  • September 18 2012

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

  • September 18 2012

    Truly stunning artwork from your photos

    • Pete
      September 18 2012

      Thanks Lisa :)

  • 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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  • September 20 2012

    You must be very close to having a postcard from every country in the world!

    • September 20 2012

      Oh boy, we have a long way to go yet! (Less than 30 countries under our belt!)

  • September 20 2012

    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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    • September 20 2012

      Yes, we just have to get to Greece to take some photos! :)

  • September 20 2012

    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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  • September 21 2012

    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!

    • September 22 2012

      Thank YOU Karl! A favorite? Hmmm…we sure loved Slovenia. And Italy and the Netherlands. Oh, and we want to spend way more time in Germany…. :)

  • September 26 2012

    Wow, the Slovenia photo is beautiful :]
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  • October 1 2012

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

    Hope to have you back soon! :)

    • October 2 2012

      Hey Dario! Hope you are well. I am sure it won’t be long before we get back!

  • January 7 2013

    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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  • January 10 2013

    How do you summarise Europe? – Rome

  • January 17 2013

    Amazing photos, absolutly amazing all of them!
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