Photos from our Europe trip
20/08/14 11:57 Filed in: A word from Helén
Four different countries, seeing family and friends, spending countless hours on airplanes and trains, sleeping on couches and at hotels, experiencing the big city pulse, the amazing alps and wonderful country sides...it feels like it was a long time ago we got home from Europe and finally, here are some of the photos from our trip.
We started in Sweden to get to see family and friends and enjoy the Swedish summer. The schedule was hectic and despite the fact that I always feel there is not enough time, we had a wonderful visit.
After a shorter stop in Germany to see my husband’s brother and family, we continued on to Switzerland. It had been on my bucket list for a long time and completely exceeded my expectations. The alps were absolutely amazing! As if from a fairy tale, our days were spent walking along fields of wild flowers, playful butterflies, enormous waterfalls, cows and goats with bells sharing a relaxing clink clonk sound, houses decorated with flowers in all different colors, the cleanest air I've ever breathed and all of this with the snow covered magnificent alps as a backdrop. It was an absolute paradise! If you ever wonder what countries in Europe you just have to see, I would say Switzerland is definitely one of them.
Next on our list was Ireland. Even though the time was not enough, we got to see both the larger cities Cork and Dublin, and driving through the beautiful countryside to get to The Cliffs of Moher. I have to say I was a bit nervous sitting in the left front seat of the car without a steering wheel, with my husband driving on the other side and on the left side of the road. But it all worked out and we were able to return the rental car without any damages, haha!
The Irish people were so happy and friendly, and in Cork we got a great guided tour by a couple of my husband’s co-workers working in the Ireland office. They were awesome! In the evening they took us to a pub and we got to enjoy some traditional Irish music played by the locals. This was one of the highlights of our trip. Loved it!
Ireland also turned out to be a heaven when it comes to gluten free food. For the first time since I found out about my gluten allergy I could even enjoy some good ol' fries, as one of the restaurants we ate at had a separate fryer to avoid cross contamination from gluten.
Even though it was wonderful to come home to our own bed again, I can't help but start thinking and dreaming about our next trip. There are many more countries on the bucket list!
All the best,
An image from Skansen in Stockholm, the world’s oldest open-air museum, featuring Swedish history from north to south.
Another image from Skansen featuring the “gärdsgårdsstaket” (a Swedish traditional fence).
A lake we went to for a pick-nick and some swimming with my niece and nephew.
Beautiful outdoor church in Germany.
One of many stunning waterfalls in Switzerland.
The houses were covered in flowers.
The views were spectacular!
Preparing for winter.
There will be lots of snow.
Fields of wildflowers.
This horse was so funny. Here he’s asking for more sugar.
This is how we got from one alp top to another.
And this charming one transported us between villages.
Swiss chocolate, the real deal.
Colorful houses in Cork, Ireland.
I could have done a whole blog post just featuring all the colorful doors.
The popular Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland.
Of course I had to take a photo of an Irish pet store.
One of many old castles we passed along the way.
Cliffs of Moher. Got dizzy looking down at the water. These cliffs rise 390 ft (120 meters) above the ocean and are one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions.
A cow enjoying the view.