Germany, Travel

Euro-trip Day 5: Heidelberg (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1 of my Heidelberg recap, check it out on my previous post 🙂

Now, for some golden hour shots of Heidelberg…

…Yeah, not much of a need for words here, photographs are enough of a sight to behold in a city like this. What a lovely, mountainous place. I would love to bring my parents here to visit!

Finally – my next entry will be re-capping the final leg of the Eurotrip. So please do follow my journey all the way to Hamburg, which will be the feature for my next blog post 🙂

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Culture, Germany, Travel

Euro-trip Day 5: Heidelberg (Part 1)

On Day 5 of our Eurotrip, we crossed back over to Germany for a stopover in Heidelberg. The weather conditions were so bad on the drive there that we ended up 1-2 extra hours on the road than anticipated – it rained so heavily that we could barely see the road through the windscreen wipers. Still, we managed to arrive sometime in the afternoon so we had some time to have a look around the area in daylight and even do some shopping in the city.

We parked all the way up the hill and made our way down, starting with some stunning views from Schloss Heidelberg…

We then made our way down to the old city centre. I checked out the cathedral, university, and the little shops lining the long pedestrian shopping street…

As you can see, these photos aren’t very well-lit thanks to the moody weather, but in part 2 of my Heidelberg recap I’ll share with you some stunning golden hour shots from when the sun peeked out!

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Culture, France, Travel

Euro-roadtrip Day 4: Dijon, France (Part 1)

Though it was sad saying goodbye to Bordeaux after a brief but unforgettable love affair with the place (haha), Dijon was a lovely surprise. It’s again another one of those places where its reputation precedes the actual experience. When people think Dijon, they just tend to think ‘Dijon mustard’. It’s a small city with a lot to offer. The old town, a designated UNESCO world heritage site, is a clean and pedestrianized area full of Renaissance-style houses and distinctive architecture with geometric glazed mosaic roofs characteristic of the Burgundy region. We enjoyed strolling around the picturesque old city. I took plenty of photos here – I may have to separate this re-cap into two posts.

Stay tuned for more pictures from this charming city in my next re-cap post 🙂

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Culture, France, Travel

Euro-roadtrip Day 3: Bordeaux (Part 2!)

If you missed Part 1 of my Bordeaux re-cap, have a look here 🙂

I absolutely love the featured photo for this entry. It was just a quick, random snap on my walk around town. But when I was looking through my travel photos this one stood out to me somehow, and I felt that it brought me back to the feeling of being in Bordeaux and just taking in the life and sights of the place. The image captures the every-day, the banal: running one’s hands through one’s hair, attending to customers. Yet it also captures the meaningful too: a moment of contemplation, chatty vibes with friends, a candid smile, a distracted look of annoyance. Bordeaux was definitely the perfect place to people-watch because of the mild climate and the myriad outdoor cafes, restaurants, and bars dotted around the centre.

There were plenty of young people hanging out by the harbour with their boom boxes, families playing in the Miroir d’eau (the Water Mirror – a shallow reflective pool!), skaters and rollerbladers gliding past.

The two photos below, of the little girl on the scooter, have got to be some of my favourite shots from this trip! Just look at how carefree, how free-spirited, how youthful summers can be – it makes me nostalgic for my own childhood.

I could honestly have spent the entire summer here, and that’s saying something considering how much I love being “at home” in Copenhagen! I don’t think I’ve felt like I could live in another city besides Copenhagen until I visited Bordeaux, but I could definitely give it a go if I had the chance 🙂 I mean, just look at how stunning this city is:

The golden hour photos I took in this city were really something of a vibe too. They look like movie stills to me – walking around the place made me feel like I was in some indie French film.

Yes, you could definitely say I’m really romanticizing this place, like a typical tourist in France 😉 Can you blame me, though? It’s a pity we got to spend only a couple of hours here really. Our hotel for the night was outside the city. But as you’ve seen in this two-part recap, it was a lovely few hours, and we certainly made the most of it. My partner and I will be back here in the near enough future, I’m sure!

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Culture, France, Travel

Euro-roadtrip Day 3: Bordeaux (Part 1)

This travel re-cap will be in two parts, because I just have so many shots I want to share with you from Bordeaux! I fell in love with the city as soon as we got into town. I also immediately got the feeling that it would be somewhere enjoyable to live. There’s just something about it – it’s got all the zest, elegance, and artsy charm comparable to a city like Paris, but nowhere near as touristy, busy, or dirty as France’s capital. It’s sunnier and more relaxed here. It was a perfect day for a good few scoops of ice cream, as you will see.

If Paris is overrated, Bordeaux is the opposite – I hardly hear about people visiting Bordeaux, nor talk about it except in the context of wine, wine, wine. I think this place is totally underrated as a city break – definitely worth a visit! I’ll let you be the judge, but I dare you not to fall in love with the place too… 🙂

Keep your eyes peeled for the next travel re-cap, because there are even more incredible photos I will share with you from this wonderful city. 🙂

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Culture, France, Travel

Euro-roadtrip Day 2: Orléans, France

We crossed over the to the French border from Germany on our second day with no issues. Our next stopover was Orléans, in France. Mask laws were more or less the same in France as they were in Germany (masks in shops, public transport, etc.) but in general mask-wearing was more common in France, and the level of new infections increased quite dramatically in the days we were in France, so I think by the time we left a new rule had been implemented that asked everybody to observe mask-wearing in public spaces in general.

Orléans is not necessarily the most well kept place overall, but the centre had a lively vibe – there were lots of people out to eat, drink, and be merry on the cobbled streets.

The difference in our hotel breakfast really indicated to us that we were in France…madeleines, croissants, pain au chocolats awaited us when we left in the morning 😉

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Culture, Germany, Travel

Euro-Roadtrip Day 1: Köln, Germany

The destination of our first day in the roadtrip was Köln (Cologne), in Germany. It was probably the longest drive of the entire trip. We arrived early evening, but spent around an hour or so looking for (rather, stressing out about…haha) parking.

Afterwards, though, we had the opportunity to meet with some old friends/colleagues I knew in Bristol (who are from Germany originally) because they happened to be in the area over this period. I hadn’t seen them much even when I was still living in the UK, because of the whole pandemic situation this year. So it was truly a blessing to be able to see my friends, and it was lovely to catch up and be shown around town by them. A great start to our road trip!

Most of the photographs I took in this city were in evening/night time. Köln is a great place to walk around in the evening by the river – loved the impressive silhouette of the cathedral. I hope you enjoy these shots!

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Copenhagen, Denmark, France, Germany, Travel

A week-long road trip in Europe mid-pandemic..?

(featured photo was taken on the Rødby-Puttgarden ferry)

I’ve just returned (well, a few weeks ago now…) from a week-long roadtrip with my partner. We traveled from Denmark through Germany, then France, Germany again, and back to Denmark. I had the best time, but I’m so happy to be back in Copenhagen!

When the trip was being planned, travel within most EU countries from Denmark was more or less open. Things changed in the lead up to the actual trip. Originally we would have driven through Belgium (which would have allowed us to cut through to France faster), but fresh travel restrictions made these routes unadvisable. And as a non-EU citizen, even with legal residency in Denmark, it’s virtually impossible for me to keep up with new border rules because they’re framed in terms of EU vs non-EU travellers and I’m too pessimistic to trust that I really wouldn’t be the first person to be screwed over at some border control during times like this. To be honest, as a ‘foreigner’ (or ‘Alien’ as we’re called in Danish legal lingo, ha), I want to stay invisible in emergency situations – to keep my head down and not get caught up in some bureaucratic mess.

But hey, after a summer of non-stop working (by which I mean, I didn’t take July off like the Danes do 😉 ), I just couldn’t live in fear and say no to the prospect of spending a whole week exploring new places with my partner. We’ve talked a lot already about travelling abroad together post-pandemic. This unique opportunity basically landed in our laps, and with the ‘safer’ routes still open, it sounded like a wonderful idea.

And I mean…what better way to travel in this pandemic era than by driving ourselves in a socially distanced bubble with even less contact with others than we would make in our usual lives?

So we packed our bags, and visited 6 different cities over 7 days:
Cologne (Köln), Germany
Orleans, France
Bordeaux, France
Dijon, France
Heidelberg, Germany
Hamburg, Germany

That’s about 4000km+ of driving in a week!

I took about 1500 photos on this trip so I think I’ll have to dedicate a big post for each place we visited. So for the next 6-7 posts or so, you can expect some image-heavy recaps of our trip 🙂 I will also share with you what it was like to travel with the new pandemic related guidelines in place and how it differed in each country that we travelled to (Denmark actually put France on the ‘closed’ list after we got there).

Until the next post, I’ll leave you with some actual on-the-road shots…

The weather conditions were intense…rain, storm clouds, sun, the works.
Danish countryside.
I do love this contrast of the field with the gloom and doom of the sky.
We took the ferry over to Germany.
I think I see a muffin in those clouds, ha.
The ferry was a mere 45 minutes.
I can’t resist sharing a photo I took from the car, all the way in France. Isn’t the scenery just beautiful? But I’m getting ahead of myself – stay tuned for my next posts!
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Spain, Travel

Travel Throwback: Plaza de España (2017)

Hello! I’ve got one week of quarantine left officially (read my story here), so I figure now is a good time to share some of my favourite travel snaps from back when travelling was actually a thing. I hope you enjoy them, because from next week, this blog is going to be focused much more on my life in Copenhagen (get in touch if you have any questions about Denmark, by the way).

Also, thanks for all your support on my journey so far and reaching out to me with empathy and kindness. I’m shocked some of you actually read my posts. I started this page with the intention of documenting what is for me a huge life change, maybe sharing with a couple of friends, and also just to have a little corner of the cloud that I can treat like a void for passing moods and thoughts. Anything more is a bonus, and your responses have not let me down on that front 🙂

Anyway, here are a couple of photos that were taken in Plaza de España in Sevilla, Spain. I recall heading to this place just in time for sunset – I was lucky to see it in such a lovely light because I was only staying the night in Sevilla and wouldn’t have had time to visit otherwise!

Golden hour is just magnificent, isn’t it?

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