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European Christmas Trip in 25 Photos

December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas, friends!!

I have a slew of content from my recent European jaunt but I thought it’s best to share some photos first to keep the mood festive around these parts.

Below are 25 of my favourite photos from the trip, complete with captions and a short explanation for each.

P.s. I also published 2 different posts while I was away – I just didn’t advertise them through Facebook and/or Instagram. So, check those out here and here if you’re needing some more reading materials on this beautiful day!

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We climbed a mountain on our first day in Genova. Then we walked around Centro Storico the next day and saw scenes like this. That Farmacia *hearts*

We climbed a mountain on our first day in Genova. Then we walked around Centro Storico the next day and saw scenes like this. That Farmacia *hearts*

Boccadasse is a small fishing village on the eastern side of Corso Italia in Genova. We walked to the top of the hill just in time for this beautiful sunset.

Boccadasse is a small fishing village on the eastern side of Corso Italia in Genova. We walked to the top of the hill just in time for this beautiful sunset.

Look at the colours of that sky!

Look at the colours of that sky!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II on the right hand side of the photo as seen from the top of Il Duomo in Milan.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II on the right hand side of the photo as seen from the top of Il Duomo in Milan.

Small man, big church. We got to the top of Il Duomo in time for sunset and saw how the sun transformed all the beams and spires into a dreamy golden colour.

Small man, big church. We got to the top of Il Duomo in time for sunset and saw how the sun transformed all the beams and spires into a dreamy golden colour.

The rooftop of Il Duomo. I've been here before and thought it wasn't going to wow me. I was SO SO wrong. Lesson learned: A structure as amazing as the Duomo will ALWAYS amaze you.

The rooftop of Il Duomo. I’ve been here before and thought it wasn’t going to wow me. I was SO SO wrong. Lesson learned: A structure as amazing as the Duomo will ALWAYS amaze you.

We took a day trip from Milan to Turin and loved everything we saw that day.

We took a day trip from Milan to Turin and loved everything we saw that day.

My brother walking away from Palazzo Reale in Turin. We had just finished checking out their gardens and their courtyard, both of which were free to enter.

My brother walking away from Palazzo Reale in Turin. We had just finished checking out their gardens and their courtyard, both of which were free to enter.

I always try to look for the highest point in a city. In Turin, that place is Monte dei Cappuccini. This is the view we were treated to once we climbed those hills.

I always try to look for the highest point in a city. In Turin, that place is Monte dei Cappuccini. This is the view we were treated to once we climbed those hills.

The Mole Antonelliana tower (in the middle of this picture) is a prominent fixture of the Turin skyline. And those mountains. Of course!

The Mole Antonelliana tower (in the middle of this picture) is a prominent fixture of the Turin skyline. And those mountains. Of course!

I firmly believe trains is one of the best and most affordable ways to travel in Europe. Plus it's completely hassle-free - there is no need to be at the terminal 3 hours before!

I firmly believe trains is one of the best and most affordable ways to travel in Europe. Plus it’s completely hassle-free – there is no need to be at the terminal 3 hours before!

Zurich on a cloudy day, exactly like my mood was that day.

Zurich on a cloudy day, exactly like my mood was that day.

One of the many cute storefronts in Zurich old town.

One of the many cute storefronts in Zurich old town.

One of my favourite photos from this trip. I was wandering aimlessly through the old town in Zurich when I ran across this antique store. I moved to the other side of the building to take a picture of the full spread, when that lady walked into my frame and stood there. I was really annoyed at first then I realized it's actually a perfectly composed picture!

One of my favourite photos from this trip. I was wandering aimlessly through the old town in Zurich when I ran across this antique store. I moved to the other side of the building to take a picture of the full spread, when that lady walked into my frame and stood there. I was really annoyed at first then I realized it’s actually a perfectly composed picture!

The Altstadt (that's German for Old Town) is full of narrow alleys like this. One of the more beautiful ways to travel is to wander and get lost in these alleys.

The Altstadt (that’s German for Old Town) is full of narrow alleys like this. One of the more beautiful ways to travel is to wander and get lost in these alleys.

One of the few Christmas markets in Luxembourg City. How do you like that ginormous Santa face huh?

One of the few Christmas markets in Luxembourg City. How do you like that ginormous Santa face huh?

Old town Luxembourg was an eerie place both days I was there. This was taken sometime around 4 PM in the afternoon when the fog rolled in and obscured any kind of sunlight.

Old town Luxembourg was an eerie place both days I was there. This was taken sometime around 4 PM in the afternoon when the fog rolled in and obscured any kind of sunlight.

And this was taken the next morning at around 10 AM (because things aren't open until 11 AM in Luxembourg) on my walk around the Fortress. How cool is it that you can WALK on these thousand-year old fort?!?

And this was taken the next morning at around 10 AM (because things aren’t open until 11 AM in Luxembourg) on my walk around the Fortress. How cool is it that you can WALK on these thousand-year old fort?!?

Old town Luxembourg. A row of folded-up and weathered chairs in front of a bar. Clearly these guys have been through a lot.

Old town Luxembourg. A row of folded-up and weathered chairs in front of a bar. Clearly these guys have been through a lot.

It's a moody place, Luxembourg. You see it all foggy and gloomy above but here the sun decided to show its beautiful colours and I decided to take a different path home. Cheers to serendipity!

It’s a moody place, Luxembourg. You see it all foggy and gloomy above but here the sun decided to show its beautiful colours and I decided to take a different path home. Cheers to serendipity!

Rudolfplatz Chriskindlmarkt in Cologne, Germany is set under the shadow of one of the few remaining medieval gates in the city.

Rudolfplatz Chriskindlmarkt in Cologne, Germany is set under the shadow of one of the few remaining medieval gates in the city.

Sunset as seen from across the Rhine river with Gros St. Martin in the background. We walked across the Hohenzollern bridge and saw all the love locks before we were treated to this beautiful view.

Sunset as seen from across the Rhine river with Gros St. Martin in the background. We walked across the Hohenzollern bridge and saw all the love locks before we were treated to this beautiful view.

If you had to guess which city this picture is taken in, what would your guess be? It's incredibly easy!

If you had to guess which city this picture is taken in, what would your guess be? It’s incredibly easy!

I ended my travels in Amsterdam with the hope of giving the city a second chance (I didn't like it as much the first time around). The jury's still out on that one.

I ended my travels in Amsterdam with the hope of giving the city a second chance (I didn’t like it as much the first time around). The jury’s still out on that one.

A fitting end to a beautiful adventure: stunning sunset seen as I was walking to my gate at Heathrow airport in London.

A fitting end to a beautiful adventure: stunning sunset seen as I was walking to my gate at Heathrow airport in London.

5 Comments

  • Reply Riad Marrakech Medina December 28, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Wow amazing photos. Great trip. Thanks for sharing this experience with us.

    • Reply Pauline December 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks. Glad you like them :)

  • Reply Ella December 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I love Photo No. 5 but why is that dude in your picture? LOL kidding ;)

  • Reply Agness of a TukTuk January 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Marvelous photoshots! I especially like the rooftop of Il Duomo <3

    • Reply Pauline January 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you Agness!

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