I’M GOING TO EUROPE

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I haven’t done much recently; working on my novel means that I’ve spent a truly disgusting amount of time stuck in the confines of my room, and aside from a one-week trip to Pisa with my girlfriend, I’ve just roamed around the Peak District, on foot, trying desperately to keep motivated and inspired by the scenery around me. My friend, Jacob, is in a similar situation, yet he happens to have never left the UK – so one day, after grabbing some dinner, we decided to do something about it. We booked our trip a week later.

The day we leave is swiftly approaching; on September 4th I’ll be heading to Paris, ready to start hopping from train to train, city to city, for an entire, glorious month. We’re going to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Zagreb, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Nice before making our way back to Paris to get the Eurostar home. I can’t wait; I’ve already been to a handful of those locations, but not on my own volition, and to have complete independence over a trip of this size is something that, at 19 years old, I’ve never had before.

There are three main reasons that I’m excited for this trip, and I’d like to share them with you:

  1. I want new inspiration for my writing. My aim is to continue writing a poem a day, and turn these into a sort of poetic travel diary that develops alongside the trip they narrate. I’ve creatively stagnated for too long, and to have so many opportunities to soak up some eclectic inspiration right at my fingertips is an absolute blessing. I’ll be posting these onto my writing page as and when I can.
  2. I’m armed with my 50mm lens and ready to use it. Travelling always gives me a buzz for photography; everything’s different – from architecture to the landscapes, and there’s absolutely no time to plan shots, leaving a lot of room to be creative in your approach. My recent shots from Pisa can be seen if you click here. I’m going to post photo sets from each city under the ‘Travel’ section of the site.
  3. I want to observe Jacob being chucked in at the deep end. He’s never left the UK, and now he’s going away for an entire month, with countries, languages, people and food he’s never experienced anything like in his entire life. I think he’ll love it, but I’ll keep you all updated with the occasional blog post.

Before you go, if anybody here has ANY suggestions about where to go/what to do/what to eat/where to avoid in any of the cities mentioned above, please comment below! It would be amazing if we knew about some local delights!

I’ll post my writing and photos as we pass through – hope you enjoy them!

Fred x

P.S the header image is a photo I took of the Red Arrows above my house, and remains one of my absolute favourite shots. I might post the full set on a blog post in the near future…

 

10 thoughts on “I’M GOING TO EUROPE

  1. Just came across this post and it’s so great that you’re doing a Euro tour! I don’t know which city you’re currently on, but in any case, here are some suggestions:

    Get Dutch fries at Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx in Amsterdam. The curry fries with onions were the best fries I’ve ever had! The Anne Frank House is worth the wait and visit. Unfortunately, you aren’t there during tulip season, but I think the Bloemenmarkt should still have some flowers!

    In Prague, try the hearty Czech food: Stare Casy is a restaurant in Old Town which serves it at a low price! Get the Pilsner beer and trdelnik while you’re at it. Hike up to Petrin Hill for spectacular views of the city.

    While in Budapest, try authentic Hungarian food at Bistro Hungarikum. If you’re feeling brave, try the palinka at the end of the meal! Fisherman’s Bastion is worth a visit and see the Chain Bridge light up at night. Taking a thermal bath is a must while there, although I’ve yet to try it.

    Bon voyage!

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    1. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time out to give us your advice – I’ve read this to my travel buddy and we’re definitely getting those fries, they sound amazing – the thermal baths are already on our must do list, I’ve been excited about it for a good few months haha! I’ve never touched Hungarian food but I’m not squeamish when it comes to trying new delicacies, I’ll make sure to comment back when I’ve tried some – thanks, once more, for your kind words, it really means a lot! Fred 🙂

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