How I wish these gorgeous pictures were mine and I had the memories to go along with them, but they in fact belong to friends who recently took a dream roadtrip through Europe (they are very good 'get out and go' people!). They live in London which is an ideal launching pad for a European road trip as you have the Eurostar and aren't too far from the ferry in the south east if you want to take your car. My friends have their own but sometimes it's more practical to head over and then look for cheap car hire in France. After arriving in the country, they continued through to Italy, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, and back into France - five countries in one trip! When you drive you're able to experience the culture in a way that isn't possible when you jump from one airport to another. It's what's happening - or not happening - between the major cities, out in the rural towns and villages that really offers a glimpse into who the natives are and what life there is like.
I went through nearly 900 photos from their trip and chose my favourites, somehow narrowing the stunning land and cityscapes down to what you see here. What I love most about them is they're from places we wouldn't normally see - again, the benefit of the road trip! If you want to see more travel shots you can take a browse of the Paris/Cities category which features photos from my time in Paris, Versailles, Brussels, Turin, London and other incredible cities as well as the natural beauty of the north east of England. (I just got back from Stockholm so those will soon follow!)
Thanks to Julie and Mitch for sharing their wonderful adventure with us!
Below are scenes from the road as they drove into the north of Italy:
This painted seaside town is Cinque Terre, Italy:
Below are scenes from Bassano di Grappa, Italy, near Treviso where my friend's parents are from. They have a great story: they came to the same southern Ontario town in Canada not knowing each other previously, met and got married and are still married today. Their children (my friend and her brother) are proof of the Italian northern blonds from this region, both being fair-skinned and haired with blue eyes.
These are scenes from Brixen, Tyrolean village. They had a bit of back luck there losing a tire on their car and had to stay unexpectedly overnight to find a replacement. Technically, they were in Italy but they say it felt very Austrian which borders in the north – the food was a great mix of both cultures.
The greenscape shots below are car shots from when they travelled from Italy to Austria, going through the highest altitude pass called 'Fernpasse' in Austria: