Traded an Aussie Winter for a European Summer

Once again, it’s been too long since my last post but this time I have a pretty good excuse!

For the past few years around June or July, it seemed that every second person I knew was off chasing a European Summer. It starts with a photo at the departures sign, checking-in at the airport and then of course, the constant flow of incredible photos on social media, that make you want to jump on the next plane to absolutely anywhere. This year, I decided it was my turn. For a first time traveller, I tried to prepare and plan as much as I possibly could. Asking friends for advice, relentlessly researching every little thing on TripAdvisor and lurking Instagram hashtags to get an idea of all the wonderful places I was going to see.

I still think it’s important to be organised when planning a trip and at times, the research I had done made things much easier. But what I did discover, in almost every instance, it was the places that I hadn’t spent hours obsessing over and that I didn’t know all that much about – that turned out to be my favourites. I’m not saying this is always the case. I was still blown away by the sheer size of the Eiffel Tower and simply seeing Big Ben in the flesh was a moment I won’t forget. It’s just that sometimes when you allow yourself to explore without expectations, you can end up getting much more out of it.

So I’ve decided to choose just a few of the places that made it to the top of my list and share my own experiences. For now, here’s some snaps from my first ever trip that showed me just how much there is to see out there but also why I’m privileged to call Australia home.

Buckingham Palace, London, England.
Dublin, Ireland.
Castle Hill, Nice, France.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.
Bell Tower, Bruges, Belgium.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Prague, Czech Republic.
Prague, Czech Republic.
Mozart Statue, Vienna, Austria.
Budapest, Hungary.
Zermatt, Switzerland.
Burano, Venice, Italy.
Amalfi Coast, Italy.
Oia, Santorini, Greece.

Hope you enjoy!
Laura xx


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