Posts tagged "europe"

The best plans are made at the last moment

I found out today that I will be going to Belgium—and I am leaving on Thursday. I am so excited! I’ll be there at least a month, and then hopefully I can find my way to prolong my stay in Europe into August. I think we’ll be mainly in Brussels, but we are also going to the North Sea, Holland and maybe Paris.

I have been to France, Italy (where I was born and lived for 11 years) and London, but this will be my first time en Belgique.


There and back again

So, a little less than two months ago, I left for Europe and now I am back. I won’t say back home—I was in Italy, where I was born and spent my childhood, so I went from one home to another. Plus, there is school. University feels more like home now, or at least, I feel less distant from my surroundings when I am there. I feel more at ease, I suppose. Only three more weeks until I go back for my last year in Portland. Where home will be after that, I have no idea.

My trip was wonderful. I spent most of it, over a month, in Belgium, and took small day trips to Holland (Maastricht) and Germany (most specifically to Cologne). I really liked Belgium, especially the Flemish towns like Gent and Brugges,  but I really feel in love with Maastricht and Holland. I could live in Holland, I felt so unusually happy and charmed the first time I went to Maastricht. My best friend joined me in Brussels for a few days, where we were pickpocketed and lost a lot of our stuff, including my camera, which was worse than losing my wallet. I can always find some more money, but I will never be able to see the photos I took, to relive those memories. The loss of those memories is what made that theft feel like a transgression or violation of my person.

Then it was on to Rome for a bit over 2 weeks (with my best friend). I have always loved that city, it is beautiful and awe inspiring in  way that no other city can be. It was great to see some of my family and I did many things I had not done on my previous visits (mainly going to many of the museums there). One night, my friends and I stayed out in the city all night and saw the sunrise from the Spanish Steps, with St. Peter’s all lit up by the dawn on the horizon, and it was one of the most special and beautiful moments of my life.

Now, it’s back to suburbia and to the quotidian. Perhaps, this trip will continue to give me the inspiration needed to find the beautiful and sublime in all the places I call home. 


liquidnight:

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Banks of the river Seine
Paris, 1936
From Henri Cartier-Bresson: Scrapbook

liquidnight:

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Banks of the river Seine

Paris, 1936

From Henri Cartier-Bresson: Scrapbook


liquidnight:

André Kertész
At the top of the Eiffel Tower
Paris, 1929
[From the Réunion des Musées Nationaux]

liquidnight:

André Kertész

At the top of the Eiffel Tower

Paris, 1929

[From the Réunion des Musées Nationaux]


I love Maastricht. Probably the most charming town I have ever spent time in. I would actually like to live year for a bit (or in the Netherlands, in general).
-cityoflove:

Maastricht, Netherlands via HanslH

I love Maastricht. Probably the most charming town I have ever spent time in. I would actually like to live year for a bit (or in the Netherlands, in general).

-cityoflove:

Maastricht, Netherlands via HanslH


Brugges was so beautiful and special-totally like stepping into a long lost past.


allthingseurope:

The historical centre of Bruges (by lotfi 85)

Brugges was so beautiful and special-totally like stepping into a long lost past.

allthingseurope:

The historical centre of Bruges (by lotfi 85)


allthingseurope:

Palais du Luxembourg. Paris
(by _sasha_)

allthingseurope:

Palais du Luxembourg. Paris

(by _sasha_)


I love Ghent.
allthingseurope:

Ghent, Belgium
(by JohanAT)

I love Ghent.

allthingseurope:

Ghent, Belgium

(by JohanAT)


liquidnight:

Thomas Hoepker
Dilapidated building decorated with sausages and flags
Bautzen, GDR, 1974
From Photographien 1955-2005

liquidnight:

Thomas Hoepker

Dilapidated building decorated with sausages and flags

Bautzen, GDR, 1974

From Photographien 1955-2005


allthingseurope:

Ponte Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy
(by paperinikkio)

allthingseurope:

Ponte Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy

(by paperinikkio)

(via sallysbutter)


I love Ghent. If I had to live in Belgium, it’d be in Ghent.

-cityoflove:

Ghent, Belgium via Tailer’s Family - journeying!

I love Ghent. If I had to live in Belgium, it’d be in Ghent.

-cityoflove:

Ghent, Belgium via Tailer’s Family - journeying!


allthingseurope:

Brussels, Belgium
(by FJGB)

allthingseurope:

Brussels, Belgium

(by FJGB)


allthingseurope:

Autumn in Montparnasse, Paris
(by nanda_uforians)

allthingseurope:

Autumn in Montparnasse, Paris

(by nanda_uforians)



“There’s a plane leaving for anywhere you want right now, and in an hour, and in a day, and in a year. You can get out whenever you want, it’s comforting I think.”

“There’s a plane leaving for anywhere you want right now, and in an hour, and in a day, and in a year. You can get out whenever you want, it’s comforting I think.”

(via sallysbutter)


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