July has been a whirlwind of planes, trains and automobiles with a few boats thrown in for good measure. Now I’m back at CheeseWeb HQ, in Brussels, with a mountain of photos to edit and stories to write, so I can share my European travel journeys with you.
I spent the past month touring Europe with my dear friend Jenn, who, after seven long years wait, visited me in Brussels. I was able to share a few of my favourite European cities with her and we were able to discover two new ones together.
While I sift through my memories (and memory cards) here are a few highlights from our trip:
Like most European visitors, Jenn wanted to visit the city of lights and I was happy to return to Paris and act as her personal tour guide. Visiting the Paris Opera House, or Opéra National de Paris, was a big dream for Jenn, who has always loved and been involved with theatre, dance and music. I tagged along and was thrilled to discover the incredible ceiling, painted by one of my favourite artists, Marc Chagall.
The colourful Danish city of Copenhagen has been on my ‘must visit’ list for years. Andrew joined Jenn and I on this leg of our journey and the three of us explored this lively city by foot, bus and boat. We spent one of our most interesting mornings visiting Rosenborg Castle and admiring the magnificent Danish crown jewels.
Andrew and I had visited Berlin a few years back and ever since, I’ve been wanting to return. This time around, the weather was cold and rainy, but I still had a great time rediscovering the city. I was eager to share one of my favourite churches, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, with Jenn. I adore the beautiful blue glass panels that make up the interior of the modern church and was excited to photograph it again.
If I had to pick one favourite stop on our European tour, Budapest is it. I have been itching to explore Hungary for a few years now and Budapest did not disappoint. We had so many special moments in this city; it’s hard to choose just one. However, on our first evening, we were graced with a beautiful golden light as we walked along the Danube. I was able to photograph the stunning Parliament building as the sky turned purple and the white gothic facade glowed like gold. Magical.
Over the coming months, I’ll be sharing more photos and lots of details about the places we visited in these four wonderful European cities. These posts will be interspersed with our continuing stories from our road-trip through Andalusia. Of course, as always, we’ll be highlighting plenty of great things to see and do, right here in Belgium.
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- Travel Highlights from Four Beautiful European Cities
- Touring Hungary’s Danube Bend
- Gellert Spa and Baths in Budapest, Hungary
- My Late-Blooming Love Affair with Paris
- Visiting the Opéra National de Paris, France
- Our Favourite Iconic Photos from Paris, France
- Visiting Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark
- The Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest
- Our Favourite Photos of Copenhagen, Denmark