Traveling through Europe in Photos

I spent two weeks this summer traipsing around Europe. From Italy, we visited Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. What a whirlwind!

We chose to travel by bus and train only, (with the exception of one ferry ride to Croatia) because it would allow us to chat with people and see the countryside go by. We met some interesting people along the way, a German PhD candidate studying dams and waterways in Amsterdam, a Frenchman who used to work on movie sets in Hollywood, and an Austrian brandy maker in traditional lederhosen, just to name a few.

Right before the trip, Anthony surprised me with an early birthday gift. A Polaroid Instax Mini 8 to use on our adventure. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gift and we defiantly got good use out of it during the two weeks on the road.

I also brought along my Cannon and switched between that and my phone to snap some photos along the way.

These pictures are just from my Cannon, though. I’d like to post some phone shots later.

Sunsets in Zadar, Croatia are the best.

How we spent our 5th wedding anniversary.
Swimming under waterfalls in Krka National Park.

Enjoying Salzburg, Austria. We constantly had a pretzel or sausage in hand the entire time.

notradame-1-of-1

Notre Dame in Paris.

vaca-7-of-13

French kids.

Eating a Nutella crepe in front of Notre Dame and a Paris ferris wheel.

Brussels buildings.

vaca-13-of-13

The French countryside.

A few things I noticed after coming home and looking through my photos:

1.I really would like to improve in my street photography skills. I find myself feeling embarrassed or a little slow when snapping the one in a million moment of a stranger. Does anyone else get self conscious when they try to take on street photography?

2. I need more candid photos of Anthony. He turns completely goofy whenever he notices the camera pointed on him. I love that, but often I want to catch the sweet or serious or amusing moment right before. I should work on my quick draw camera skills.

3. I’m much more comfortable with my phone. It’s much easier to pull out my pocket, less bulky, and less noticeable. When I do take a good shot with my camera, it surpasses the quality of my phone photos. Still, the sheer number of phone shots I took this trip doubled my camera. I want to be more comfortable and quick with my camera.

Does anyone else feel this way when taking photos? Any advice?

xoxo,

Kate

JKSignature

Capri on a Budget

Capri I love you - OSS

Capri, the island once home to Emperor Caesar Augustus’ summer home now inhabited by socialites in villas. It really is a special place with colors so vibrant it almost doesn’t seem real.

We visited Capri in early March, before the summer rush of tourists coming to get a glimpse of the famous Faraglioni peaks. Visiting Capri before the hoards of tourists means no lines to get onto the chairlift up to Mount Solaro and plenty of time to shoot the Mediterranean breeze with the locals. Continue reading

Visiting Switzerland

Switzerland is stunning. If you were to hold your hands out and make frame shape with your fingers and look anywhere, you’d have yourself a postcard perfect shot.
No exaggeration.

switzerlandabove

We took a short train ride from Rome, Italy to Brig, Switzerland for the new year. This three day trip was spur of the moment and since Anthony rarely gets three days off in a row we jumped at the chance to visit someplace new. These last-minute kinds of trips are my favorite though with no itinerary or schedule to follow. This meant some of the things we saw like the Aletsch Glacier, were a delightful surprise, but some things we ran into, like a 33 dollar burrito stopped us in our tracks!

I wanted to share some of my experiences so if you are planning a trip to Switzerland you will not be as sticker shocked as I was.

Staying in Brig

Brig is a sleepy little village and one of the first large train stops in Switzerland from Italy. It was a great home base for our day trips. A few miles up the road is the Brigerbad Thermal Spa. A pass was 24 Swiss Franks for a 3 hour visit. This, for us, was just enough time to get thoroughly relaxed but not too long that we got bored. Totally worth the visit if you are passing through the area. FYI: this spa does not provide towels and you must either rent one for 5 Swiss Franks at the front desk or bring your own (something we learned after taking a dip in the pool).

I totally recommend staying in Brig if you are in Switzerland for a short time. Between the trip up to see the glacier, visiting the castle in town, and hopping on a bus to see the nearby traditional village known for its saffron, it really is a great home base for day trips.

Swiss (29 of 30)

Brig’s Castle AKA the Stockalper Palace

A huge cost saver for us was that our hotel had breakfast included. Food is ridiculously expensive in Switzerland. I had no idea how anyone could afford to live here until I read this blog post which gave me a little better idea. While most of our budget went toward eating, having a breakfast included at the hotel and bringing snacks with us on our outings helped a little.

Visiting the Aletsch Glacier

This day trip from Brig is inexpensive and full of amazing views. From Brig, we hopped on the train headed to Morel. This trip was about 20 Swiss Franks a person and included one of the two gondola rides. This was definitely the biggest gondolas I have ever been on, but I wasn’t a bit nervous because the sweeping views were all I could think about.

We spent a little time in the resort area after the gondola ride taking pictures and people watching. From here we took the Gletscherbahn Moosfluh (gazoontite!) gondola to the glacier. This was less than 10 Swiss Franks a person, roundtrip. In total we were a little over 7,000 feet above sea level! As soon as you step off the gondola the glacier is right there. We just sat on the bench and looked at this wonderment hardly able to take it all in. After a little while the fog started to roll in and it began to snow so we stopped into the little cafe next to the lift to warm up. The girl working spoke a little English and told us on clearer days you can see the Matterhorn from where we were!


Switzerland is a beautiful country and the people are so kind. Definitely put it on your bucket list, and I recommend Brig as a great stopping point.

xoxo,

Kate

 

JKSignature

 

 

 

Get Inspired: Morgantown, WV

Friday is almost here, and we are less than twelve hours away from our weekend adventure of meeting “half way” in Morgantown, WV! Since choosing this location, we’ve researched a ton of info on the many things to do and places to see in this awesome little-big town from local boutiques and antiques to breweries and state parks. The hard part now is just figuring out how we’ll be able to cram it all into one weekend!

We’ve come up with this Morgantown mood board to help get us inspired even more for our visit to this beautiful city (and maybe inspire you too for your next #adventuresomewhere getaway?)! Is there anything else we should make sure to include in this little corner of the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia? If so, let us know and we will be sure to add it to our ever-growing list!

Get Inspired: Morgantown, WV1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

We’ll be posting snapshots and updates on our travels to Morgantown all weekend through our Instagram and Twitter accounts; be sure to check out our #adventuresomewhere and #30photosaseason tags to see what we’ll be up to next!

xo,

JKSignature

 

Adventures in Columbus

Last weekend was an absolute blast; my boyfriend Scott and I traveled to the wonderful city of Columbus to visit our dear friends, Kate and her hubby Anthony during the holiday weekend for a much-needed reunion. And although it did not last as long as we’d hoped for (when does it ever?), we enjoyed every second of it.

Mind you, my boyfriend is from Michigan and he has only thought of Ohio as a next-door-neighbor state with not much more to do, especially since it’s missing our favorite Great Lake (Michigan). But I can assure you that his thoughts have changed for the better after this visit, thanks to Kate and Anthony! They took us everywhere. By bike, car, and foot…and yet I feel like there is still so much more to see!

Let me save you from some more of my blabbing and just start sharing with you some Instagram snapshots from our mini four-day adventure!

Columbus Adventures | Our Sweet Somewhere

See you again soon, Columbus! 

xoxo, Jamie