A Year in Photographs: HWE in 2016 in 16 Photos
In light of Happiest When Exploring’s one year anniversary, here is another blog post to commemorate the occasion… it’s a pretty big deal, after all – and I’m happy to celebrate this milestone and share 16 of my favourite travel photos from 2015 and 2016.
“You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” – Unknown
This first photo was taken in my fav city ever, Rome. It’s really hard to beat Rome. I feel blessed to have visited twice in 2015 – once with my sister (and on my birthday!) and the second time, with my dad.
While we’re on the subject of Italy, here is an old home in the ancient town of Matera. Some might know Matera as the location where “The Passion of the Christ” was filmed – it’s quite a sight in person.
This photo was taken in beautiful Amsterdam during the fall – those colours are on point. And I’ve got to give photo credit to my sister, Laura, for this one. She fell in love with Amsterdam while we were there, and really – could you blame her?!
A little change in scenery, here. This is beautiful Castellabate in the south of Italy. I spent a handful of days exploring the Cilento region of Italy. You can learn more about Cilento and Castellabate here.
Ah, Costa Rica. Beautiful beaches, lovely people, fresh fruit, veg and coconuts… what more could a gal ask for? I have a ton of posts about Costa Rica for your reference, here 😉
Where the heck in the world is this, you ask? A: Saxony Switzerland (it’s actually in Germany though, go figure). I had a beautiful time exploring Germany for a little over a week with my cousin, Jessica and I managed this lovely shot of the sandstone mountains, with the town of Rathen in the background. You gotta love those sweet, little towns.
Beautiful Kraków – this is from my current travels, and from my first time in Poland. I have fallen completely in love with Poland, and Kraków in particular. You can read more about what to do and see in Kraków here.
Homemade candy in Warsaw, Poland? Why the heck not? (P.S. The “old town” has been reconstructed to look as it would have before WWII – read more about what to do in Warsaw during the summer here)
Here I am “casually” walking up the stairs to the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany. Very, very casual. But for real, Potsdam is my favourite and an ideal day trip from Berlin.
View of Dresden’s old town from Brühl’s Terrace. Dresden’s old town is sweet and quaint, but I recommend venturing beyond the old town towards Neustadt for cool shops (crystals, handcrafted jewellery), great people watching, biergartens and delicious vegan food (check out Der Dicke Schmidt)!
View of Porto, Portugal. The coolest part about Porto – besides the delish and affordable food, cheap accomodation, beautiful architecture and azulejos, and the friendly and helpful people (i.e. Portugal rocks) – is that J.K. Rowling lived here for a few years and was completely inspired by the city. The city is basically Hogwarts, but warm and (usually) sunny.
Barcelona holds a special place in my heart – it was the first city I ever traveled solo to. And I started off my first two-month Euro trip with Barcelona. And I’ll be back again soon. For more info + insights on this magical city, you can check out the library of Barcelona posts here.
Travel doesn’t need to take months of planning and saving, or even more than an hour or two of transport. One of my favourite weekend escapes is Vermont. Vermont has it all – good food, nature (like this waterfall), lovely cities and towns to discover, open-minded people… and it’s a short drive from Montreal. What are some of your favourite day or weekend trips from your city?
In light of shorter trips, how about taking yourself (and your friends) to lunch at a local restaurant and treating the afternoon like you’re discovering a new city? When you can’t get away, be a tourist in your own city. These scrumptious looking starters are from a vegan restaurant in Montreal, Invitation V.
Have you been to Budapest? I know I say I “fall in love” with cities a lot, but this one was just magical. You can read about Budapest and my experience here.
After visiting the library hall at the Clementinum (you’ll feel like you’re in “Beauty and the Beast”), climb up to the top of the tower for a sweeping view of Prague’s rooftops.
#17… An extra one for good luck: that one time I took the Hogwarts Express with my two favourite gals, my sister and my mother. Because what’s a year of travel without a week of fizzing whizbees, magic wands, dark mark temporary tattoos and a trip to Hogwarts?! Read about the Wizarding World here.