European Adventures in Pictures

We started by looking at our best canvas-worthy photos of Paris and then expanded the scope to all of France. Now it is time to conclude with our best pictures from our European travels of 2013.

There was much to discover on our travels in Europe. The first trip of the year outside of France was to Iceland, a country completely off my radar to visit. Now I can't help hoping to spend more time there enjoying its spectacular natural beauty.  

The summer brought an amazing trip to Sevilla which once again proved just how wrong I was about Spain. I once had no interest in seeing Spain at all. Then I got acquainted with tapas (oh, the tapas) and the warmth of the country. Now I keep trying to scheme ways to return.

In August I joined my fellow Parisians in a mass exodus out of the city. I found myself in Ireland on the most relaxing trip of the year, drinking lots of tea with dear friends in a house overlooking the Dingle peninsula.

Fall brought a trip to Bruges with good friends who, not coincidentally, were very knowledgeable about Belgium beers. I was afraid that I overly romanticized Bruges from my first trip there in May 2012 but found that I love the city all the more.

I closed out the year on a Christmas trip making my way through Germany to be in Seefeld, Austria over Christmas. All I can say is I'm already planning to be there next year for Christmas.

Here's the year in review: 

Iceland:

First trip out of France for 2013 was to Iceland. This is the Seljalandsfoss waterfall that we saw on our drive through the southern part of the island. (May 2013)

Netherlands:

The canals of Amsterdam (June 2013)

Spain:

The fascinating Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba (popularly called Mezquita) (June 2013)

The cool Metropol Parasol in Sevilla, Spain that I refer to as "the Waf" for its resemblance to a waffle (June 2013) 

Scotland:

My favorite part of the Highlands in Scotland was getting to see some hairy coos on the Hairy Coo day tour. (June 2013)

Ireland:

Ireland was so incredible green and lush it was hard to narrow down to a single picture. Here's the Gallarus Oratory, located on the Dingle peninsula. (August 2013)

Belgium:

One town I can keep going back to is quaint Bruges. Here is some lovely architecture from Markt square. (September 2013)

Luxembourg:

Luxembourg City in autumn (October 2013)

Germany:

I fell in love with the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. (December 2013)

Austria:

 As if Seefeld wasn't beautiful enough, the snowfall on the last night made it all the more magical. (December 2013)

As if Seefeld wasn't beautiful enough, the snowfall on the last night made it all the more magical. (December 2013)

Thankful for all the experiences that 2013 brought!

What's on your travel wish list for 2014?