Some people call me an adventurer, others a vagabond, a world traveler, a wanderer, a globetrotter or just desperately lost. Me, I’m just a woman with a dream, a woman who’s fallen madly in love with beautiful Europe – a woman who wants to make you in love too. I want to share the beauty, elegance and oddities of Europe with you. There’s more to Europe than London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome; I dare you to fall in love with cities and parks and mountains and seas and countries you never even knew existed. It’s time to step off the beaten path, to try something new, to see the world just a little bit differently. It’s time to add new places to your travel itineraries, to find new places to appreciate, visit and love. Here, you can find photos of some of the prettiest places in Europe that will hopefully inspire you to start your own journey – perhaps one day you’ll visit them too! Please enjoy!
My pen name is Alba, a translation of my real name which is actually Dawn, and while I’m originally from Washington DC, I’ve volunteered in Costa Rica (my first time abroad) as an English teacher. I’ve studied literature in England, I’ve taught English in Spain, I’ve worked at a bilingual preschool in Poland. As of September of 2013, I’ve been living inLyon, France to receive my Master’s Degree in Tourism Marketing & Management – in French! As of March 2017, I’ll be living in Ireland as the Marketing Exec/Content Creator for an Irish Adventure Tour Operator. I’ve travelled a lot of places on my own – in fact, I’ve been to more than 30 countries and over 200 destinations within those countries, always accompanied by my trusty (though ageing…) Nikon to photograph and share the beauty I find everywhere I go. Since last year, I’ve made it my goal to explore Europe with my as-of-yet little-traveled French husband. We met in Lyon, but have had the goal of eventually moving abroad – potential destinations included Ireland, Denmark, or Austria but it was Ireland that won out. I love Europe, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else! Bus, plane, boat, train, bicycle, car, hiking boots, horseback…if I can get there, I’ll go! Follow this blog to see some of the most beautiful places my adopted continent has to offer, and maybe get a few ideas of where you want to go for your next holiday or vacation!
Where have I lived?
COSTA RICA: 5 weeks as a volunteer English teacher at an orphanage in SAN JOSE
ENGLAND: one semester in BATH, studying English literature…in England!
SPAIN: 1 month in BARCELONA (getting TEFL-certified),
POLAND: 1 month working at a rural summer camp near ZALECZE WIELKIE
1 year in WARSAW working as a preschool English teacher
FRANCE: 1 year in LYON as an au pair;
In September, a grape-picker on a French vineyard in the BEAUJOLAIS WINE REGION
6 months working for the tourism office in LYON
Completed my Master’s degree in Tourism Marketing & Management at INSEEC LYON while working for an American association about ADVENTURE TRAVEL
Living in SLIGO, IRELAND where I’ll be working as a marketing exec/content manager for Wilderness Ireland!
**and yes, all photos and texts are my original work…please respect copyrights!**
Favourites as of this moment…
//Lyon, France// Bath, England// Tallinn, Estonia// Prague, Czech Republic// London, England// St Petersburg, Russia// Copenhagen, Denmark// Wroclaw, Poland// Annecy, France// Vienna, Austria// Kiev, Ukraine// Zahara, Spain// Warsaw, Poland// Sacra San Michele, Italy// Bergen, Norway// Dresden, Germany// Dubrovnik, Croatia// Bruges, Belgium// Ronda, Spain// Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany// Kreuzenstein Castle, Austria// Gdansk, Poland// Perouges, France// Peniscola, Spain// Ghent, Belgium// Dunnattor Castle, Scotland// Bunratty Castle, Ireland// Budapest, Hungary// Torino, Italy//Madrid, Spain// Dublin, Ireland// Riga, Latvia// Stockholm, Sweden// Strasbourg, France// Santillana del Mar, Spain// Liverpool, England//Split, Croatia//Heidelberg, Germany//Bilbao, Spain//Poznan, Poland// Slea Head, Ireland// Ohrid, Macedonia// Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland