I’m fortunate enough to have a career and life that allows me to travel and draw inspiration from some pretty cool places. In the spring of 2014 I took some time off work to make another pilgrimage to the continent that my heart holds most dearly: Europe. A few of my best friends and I ventured through Spain, France, England, The Netherlands and Germany, taking in everything we could along the way.
Europe: May – June 2014
Some places I had been to before, others were completely new, and the experience was nothing short of amazing. It was tough to choose which photos would make it to this blog post, but here are a few of my favourites from the trip.
*Designer’s note: I’m an idiot and neglected to bring a camera with me, so I took all of these photos with my iPhone 4S. I edited them in Photoshop with the VISIONS Actions and Texture set from Forefathers Group.
BarcelonaThe perfect mix of a beautiful old European city and a beach town, Barcelona is filled with artwork both famous and hidden. I’m a huge admirer of the architecture and mosaic work of Antoni Gaudi, especially in Park Güell. On one of the beach piers, one little etching on a rock caught my eye in particular – my friend tells me ‘encuentra tu lugar’ is Spanish for ‘find your place’.
ParisBy far my favourite city in the world, I all but filled up my phone’s memory with photos of this beautiful place (for the second time). I’m going to need to make an entire other blog post that’s just dedicated to my love for Paris.
LondonThe last time I was in London I got pretty sick the day of my arrival and didn’t get to explore as much as I would have liked. I made sure to change that this time around. Full disclosure – I found Buckingham Palace pretty boring, save for the crazy ornamental work throughout the gate.
AmsterdamWhat can I say, Amsterdam is without a doubt one of the most surreal places I’ve ever been in my life. After all the obvious attractions that many solely come for, sometimes it’s easy to forget that life exists after the party. My personal taste of beauty lies in the quieter parts of the city, among the canals and less tourist-laden streets and cafés.
BerlinDespite having been to Germany many times as a kid and once previously in adulthood, this was my first time visiting the country’s capital. I don’t know why I waited so long, Berlin almost felt like home. A city so full of art and design inspiration also deserves its own blog post (coming soon).
Bavaria and Southern GermanyThe last couple of weeks of my trip were spent visiting family and friends, many of whom I had not seen in over a decade. Exploring places that I have deep roots in was a perfect way to end my journey, from mid-sized towns like Bamberg and Würzburg to my mom’s tiny hometown of Kreutzwertheim. It’s amazing to have such interesting people to spend time with and learn from, all while enjoying the best German beer and cuisine.
That’s all for now. Until the next adventure…