I started traveling to Europe in 2001 and try to go back every year. While in Europe I take a lot of photos, with
the advent of digital photography this can number into the thousands and is far more than I can show my friends
and family. So on this site are only the best photos.
I have provided information on what I have taken a Picture of where I was able to find it. Usually from Travel
Books and Online sources. This is not to say that I may not have misidentified some site or messed up the history.
The photos from 2001 to 2003 were taken with 35mm film and scanned into digital images. From 2004 on I have
been using digital photography.
The images are reached from the navigation bar on the right.
- April 19, 2014: Completed the Coimbra page on the Portugal 2012
- April 18, 2014: Completed the Rome page and with it the entire
2013 trip to Italy is completed.
- April 6, 2014: Completed the Venice page at last. One more to go to
finish off the 2013 trip.
- November 16, 2013: Finally back at it. Started on the Venice page.
- October 14, 2013: Added the Cinque Terre page.
- September 1, 2013: Added Siena page.
- August 25, 2013: Added Pompeii. This one took a long time. It was
quite hard to research.
- August 18, 2013: Florence and San Gimignano pages added.
- August 13, 2013: I added the photos for the Pisa page for the Italy
- August 12, 2013: Completed the Sorrento page.
- August 11, 2013: I decided to change the look of the Index page. Its
yellow. Not sure yet if I like it. I have started the navigation pages
for the 2013 trip to Italy.
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- Everyone travels differently. I like to book a Hotel in my arrival city
ahead and then figure out where I am going next once I arrive.
Some people like to plan their entire trip. If you have definite ideas
of where you want to go or see then the latter might be better for
- I book my Hotels through Expedia for the most part. But the times
where I have gotten the best hotels at the best prices was through
arriving in a town and going to the local TI (Tourist Information).
They generally have the best deals and you can tell them exactly
what you are looking for. This way I got to stay in a 5-star hotel in
Brussels and the price of a 3-star because I was last minute. Of
course I have also arrived in a town and found no room at the inn.
- Travel by train in Europe is, for the most part, very simple. I do not
bother to rent vehicles. I just take the train. It is less stressful but it
is more expensive and there are some sites not near a train station.
- If you plan to travel by train look for discount deals online. Buy a
train map of the country you are in. Some train systems can be a
little confusing and some stations are poorly marked. I have pulled
into a station where they do not announce the stop and there is no
sign on the station. I had to guess to decide if it was my stop.
- I like to travel light. One small bag, 5 shirts, 2 pairs of pants etc..
Hotel sinks can be used as a laundry. Do not expect to have a hotel
wash your clothes. The cost per shirt is enough to buy a new shirt.
- I plan my days very loosely. If I am going to a town for the day I
know what the major sites are and whether they are open. I rarely
carry a map but I have a good sense of direction and wander from
site to site. If it takes longer than expected or something is closed I
don't worry about it. I will see it next time.
- I try not to look like an obvious tourist. Mainly by walking with
purpose like I know where I am going even when I get lost. I have
lost track of the number of times locals have asked me for directions.
- I always have a general idea of where I am in a new city. The river
is to the left or the train station is over that way. When I do get lost
I use a pocket compass, knowing generally where you are makes it
simple to find your way again.