June 30, 2014

European Road Trip 2013

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So this post is about 10 months late. Last summer we went on an epic, almost 4 month road trip, in a camper van around Europe. We had decided that it was time to abandon sunny Florida and move on to something else and while we figured that out we took the opportunity to do what we love most – travel. Of course, we took thousands of photos, and had really good intentions to get them sorted and posted, but then we got distracted with moving out to China. I did manage to scan and post all the Polaroid photos I took, but it seemed to take some convincing to finally get the digital ones prepped for the web.

While on our road trip, Eliot did an amazing job of keeping a journal of each day, and everything we did. Nothing too fancy, but just where we were, where we camped, and briefly what we did that day. This was to later help us remember which photos went with what place. For my birthday this year, he actually managed to make a map, using Google maps, of our entire journey, along with his short journal entries. So this prompted me to sort out the photos, and we then worked together to add the photos to the map. It was a laborious task, but in the end, I’m really happy we did it, and we now have a visual map of our entire trip, complete with stop overs, what we did, and photographs. Please feel free to check it out. And for coming all the way to this blog space, I’ve added in a bunch of our absolute favorite photos. They’re arranged by country, rather than order, because in many cases we dipped in and out of different countries, but if you head to the map you’ll see the order of events.

The photos below were chosen because they might have been a favorite moment (like cycling up the Col de Corobin), or a day that was awesome that sticks out in our mind, or a photo that one of us just loves because of how it looks. That being said, there’s a few iPhone photos as well. If you wish to see the Polaroids I took, go here.

England :: England bookended our trip, it was our start and finish, our home away from home. Its a place that is always full of family and friends but seeing it from the freedom of the campervan we got explore and experience it in a different way from normal. Spring was just coming and we could have easily spent our whole trip here.

Wales:: We were only in the misty Welsh hills around Snowdon for one night on our way from Bristol over to Ireland. Despite staying in one of the most bizarre campsites of our entire trip we went out and explored the beautiful village and met some of the local woolly residents before heading off to Dublin.

Ireland :: Giants, spectacular cliffs, friends in Dublin, kissing the Blarney Stone, endless rolling green countryside, windswept moors, the craic and the occassional Guinness. Ireland did us proud.

France :: Another place we could have spent more time. A week sailing with family and a trip down the West coast were never enough. Everytime we needed to plan another stage of our trip, and weren’t sure which direction to head in next, Eliot would always suggest we just head back into France.

Spain :: Gorgeous rolling hills. Brand new highways cut into the mountains with no one else on them. Small Mediterranean fishing villages, and meeting Salvador Dali’s personal photographer. Spain was spectacular.

Portugal :: We are lucky to have family here. Eliot’s gran lives in Portugal, and it gave a good excuse to go back to see this majestic little place. Hookah in Porto, cycling in Evora, and mojitos in the evening with Eliot’s grandma.

Italy :: Everything you hear about Italy is true. I’ve always wanted to go, but felt like there was a lot of hype around it. A bit of a cliche place. However, I am happy to put my hand up as being wrong. There is something absolutely magical about Italy. From the arts, to the food, and the culture, there is no place like it.

I could do a whole post separately on Venice ::

Germany :: Although being a bit difficult from a vegetarian standpoint, was awesome. We actually spend quite a bit of time ducking in and out of Munich, as we had friends come to meet us there on two different occasions.

Austria :: Mostly we snowboarded and cycled here, but we also had an amazing couple days in Vienna.

 

Czech Republic :: Munich to Prague with a good friend. Spent a few days in the countryside as well, hiking in a national park.

Sweden :: Our last big trek up north, before heading back to England. Sweden is beautiful, and definitely worth a trip back. Got to hang out with my cousin and her fiance in Stockholm as well as taking engagement photos for them.

And if you made it this far, you may as well go and see our entire map.

 

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Joanna Roddy 15:16 June 30, 2014 Reply
Ashley, This work is beyond. I want prints of so many of them! I want my house to be wallpapered in your Europe trip! What an adventure and what gorgeous archives you have of it. I'm going to share on my FB page.
Amy Qualls 01:12 July 1, 2014 Reply
Amazing. Such an inspiration, to not get caught up in life always and just....go. Love you both. Thank you for sharing.

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