Throwback Thursday – Touring Europe

In the fashion of being a huge Instagram user (follow me!), I thought it was only appropriate to write a whole blog post about a trip I took a few years ago. This trip’s memories have stuck with me throughout the years and have left me longing to go back to Europe.

In the fall of 2011 I had just finished a contract as an Outdoor Experiential Educator, in other words I was a year round camp counselor, at the time it was my dream job. However, it was time to move on and start, as I lovingly call it, a big girl job. As I had graduated university the year previously, it was time I used my Communication Studies and International Relations  degree in a “proper” way. I decided that I wanted a more specialized area and I applied to do post graduate work that started in January of 2012. However, it was only October – what was I to do for the next 3 months?

I did what any travel loving twenty something would do – booked a flight to London, booked a tour with the awesome people at Contiki (great idea for first time solo travelers), packed my bags, and got on a plane a few days later. Luckily, I had been to Europe with my parents only a few months earlier, so I knew what to expect. The only thing that made me somewhat uneasy was the fact that I would be traveling around Europe on a bus with 50 strangers – what if I was the only solo traveler? Not the case at all, plus everyone on my tour was awesome.

I had the opportunity to visit London, drive through Belgium, tour around the streets and canals of Amsterdam, go wine tasting in St. Goar, visit the famous Hofbrauhaus and Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich, walk the picturesque streets of Innsbruck in Austria, drive through the Bavarian Alps, see the sights in Venice, Rome, and Florence, stay in a converted jail house in Lucerne Switzerland, and of course drink coffee and eat pastries in the famous cafes of Paris.

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View from the London Eye

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On the ferry from Port of Dover to Calais, France

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Booze Cruise through the canals of Amsterdam

I don’t have too many photos of Amsterdam at night, cameras aren’t allowed in the Red Light district.

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Amsterdam in the daytime

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Wine tasting in St. Goar, Germany

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Cuckoo Clock in St. Goar

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In the Marienplatz in Munich

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Drinking in the historic Hofbrauhaus

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Driving through the Alps

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How could you not want to visit here?

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Innsbruck, Austria

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Taking a gondola ride in Venice

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Beautiful Venice

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Venetian masks, we had to.

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Obligatory shot of the Colosseum

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Florence

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Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) in Lucerne, Switzerland

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Jailhotel Loewengraben – the converted jailhouse that is now a hotel

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Walking the streets of Lucerne at night

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Eiffel Tower at night

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The Louvre

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In the Napoleon III Apartments in The Louvre

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Moulin Rouge

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Stonehenge, England

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The Roman Baths in Bath, England

It was a whirlwind adventure but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. If you’re thinking of making the trip to Europe but don’t have the guts to do it by yourself I HIGHLY recommend going through a tour company like Contiki or Gap Adventures.

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