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Images of Europe At Our 5 Month Mark

Whenever we tell someone that we’ve been traveling through Europe for five months, invariable one of the first questions asked is “Where have you been?” I say it’s one of the first questions because it is usually either preceded or followed by “Wow! How are you able to do that?” which is of course a much bigger question and one that warrants a whole other post.

Since we are now moving into our sixth month in Europe, and because I don’t always play by the rules and post in chronological order, I figured it was a good time to answer the where have you been question. It’s also a great way for me to get the creative juices flowing by sorting through all of the memories, piles of notes and photos of the past few months. Sort of a spring cleaning!

However, as I still have great stories to tell of these adventures I decided to answer the question with a photo essay. Let these images of Europe speak for themselves.

Month 1, Sept/October: Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Greece

Our first month was a bit of a whirlwind of travel visiting five major cities in five different countries plus numerous side trips along the way. Oh and also attending our first TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference and all of the learning, fun and press trips that go along with that.

Heidelberg, Germany
The charming town of Heidelberg
Old town square, Frankfurt Germany
Old town square Frankfurt, Germany
The streets of fairytale Prague
Magical Prague
Sczechenyi Baths Budapest
Soothing Sczechenyi Baths of Budapest
Shoes on the Danube in Budapest
The very moving ‘Shoes on the Danube’ monument in Budapest
Belgrade graffiti
Belgrade Fortress
Belgrade Fortress
Athens Parthenon
Athens Acropolis
Meteora, Greece monastery

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Month 2, November/December: Turkey & Romania

Month number two was a time to regain our balance and get out of the Schengen Zone. We were blessed to have wonderful friends host us in Istanbul which gave us a perfect home base to work, exercise and of course explore. We managed to squeeze in a week long venture to other parts of Turkey and we also chose a stop in at Romania as it one of the cheap places to travel in Europe.

Istanbul Mosque
Beautiful Istanbul
Ephesus Library
Ancient Ephesus

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Cappadocia Turkey
Incomparable Cappadocia

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Pamakkule Turkey
Phenomenal Pamukkale
Bran Castle Romania
Bran Castle, Romania
Brasov, Romania
Fun in the snow in Brasov
Brasov Romania
Beautiful cemetery in Brasov, Romania

Month 3, December/January: Great Britain

For our third month we were so happy to be able to spend time with family and friends, especially Christmas and NYE! We also had two fabulous house sits which gave us some time to work and play house with the bonus of lovely furry companions of the feline persuasion.

London at Christmas
Our Christmas card
London at Christmas
Regent street all decked out for Christmas
Hampton Court London
Hampton Court
Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge
London cat sit
We take our cat sitting seriously
British pub
Great Britain is all about the neighborhood pubs

Month 4, February/March: France

After a brief stop in Paris we spent a full five weeks house sitting on a small farm in the Midi-Pyrenees of France. Although the weather was less than perfect (it’s Europe in winter after all) we absolutely loved being country folk for a while. We settled into a comfortable routine of simple living where our days consisted of caring for the chickens, dog and cat, working, cooking, watching movies and occasionally venturing out to the market. When the sun did shine we jumped at the chance to explore the surrounding towns and sites.

Eiffel Tower Paris
Eiffel Tower (as if you need to be told)

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house sit in France
Our house sit in France

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House sit in France
Playtime with the loveable Jupiter at our house sit
Montauban France
Lovely town of Montauban
Saint Cirq Lapopie France
The Medieval town of Saint Cirq Lapopie
France house sit
Our office at our southern France house sit

So what’s next?

Month 5, 6, 7, March/April/May/June: Italy, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, UK

It’s actually pretty much planned out already although we’re always open to change. Our rough sketch is to meet family in Italy, spend a month working and exploring Croatia, attend another TBEX in Spain, then meet friends and family for a two week journey through Spain and Portugal. After all of that excitement we hope to head back to the UK for a five week “Balanced Adventure” (which we’re not quite ready to share.)

Which brings us to the conclusion of our European adventure and likely back home to the Pacific Northwest for the summer. After that? Who knows?


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