About moi

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!

C’est Moi

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. I lived in Lyon, France to receive my Master’s Degree in Tourism Marketing & Management – in French! As of 2017, I’m living in Ireland as the Marketing Exec for an Irish Adventure Tour Operator. I’ve travelled 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 French husband. We met in Lyon, married in his home region of Auvergne, but have had the goal of moving abroad since day one. Potential destinations included Ireland, Denmark, or Austria – but it was Ireland that won in the end!

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!

See my professional writing for Adventure Travel Here

See my travel & tourism writing here

See my writing portfolio here

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),

and 5 months in PUERTO DE SAGUNTO (25km from Valencia) working at an English academy

2 months in RONDA then SANTOÑA teaching English at several successive summer camps

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

Master’s degree in Tourism Marketing & Management at INSEEC LYON while writing about ADVENTURE TRAVEL

CURRENTLY

Living in SLIGO, IRELAND where I’ll be working as a Marketing Exec for Wilderness Ireland!

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**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 

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29 thoughts on “About moi

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your wonderful biography, and I fully understand your sentiments. Europe is very dear and close to my heart for its amazing, rich and diverse geography, history and cultural traditions.

  2. I’ve been enjoying your photos and accompanying narratives for several months now. I recently discovered a relatively new tool in Photoshop called Perspective Warp, and I’ve been playing with it on some of my architectural shots, sometimes with good results. Here is link to that new Adobe feature: http://youtu.be/Dwdg0y7STjo

    When I saw your image of the fountain in Antwerp, this tool immediately came to mind. I played with your image and uploaded the result to a private spot, just to show you.

    I don’t expect you to make this post public, and I’m certainly not implying that my version is better than your original, just different. Best wishes and keep those great shots coming – jw

    • Wow thanks!! Yeah, I had noticed before that the buildings were a bit off-kilter and it annoyed me a little, but I couldn’t really fix it. Aligning everything definitely improves it!

      I don’t have photoshop yet, but I’ve considered buying it several times. With so many free tools out there, do you think it’s worth it? Photoshop is really that much better? I haven’t used it for a few years so I’m sure it’s changed a lot! If so, which program (just the traditional photoshop)?

      • Well, Photoshop is certainly a challenge to learn, and there are otter less expensive tools. OTOH, Adobe offers a Creative Cloud license for PS and Lightroom 5 together for $20/month, $10/month first year trial. If you feel up to the challenge of a learning curve, I’d go for it. If not, PS Elements is pretty darn good and much more reasonable, but the learning curve is almost as steep.

  3. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Not only nice to hear from a former Washington DC person, but it also led me here. By the way, I notice in the comments above a discussion of various photo processing software. If you are considering Photoshop, Lightroom, or Photoshop Elements, I’d suggest Lightroom. It has great power but among those three is the easiest to learn. (And you can add “learn Lightroom basics” to that very long list of your goals 😉 Anyway, I look forward to seeing more of your posts and images.

    • Yeah it is! Don’t know if I’ll ever live in DC again, but I still feel those strong ties to the city where I grew up! (well actually I was in the suburbs but I spent a lot of time in the city). Thanks for the advice–haven’t made any decisions yet, but I’ll definitely consider lightroom when I do finally decide to buy!

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  5. You are just an amaizing person. Very smart and very beautiful in all kinds of way. I am gald to meet you here. Greetings from north of Romania 🙂

  6. Hey Alba Marie, enjoyed your post on Stockholm, home of my paternal ancestors. As we’ve discussed, your shooting is great but many shots could be improved with a little post processing. For example, the Stockholm shot could be imposed by correcting the wide angle keystoning, erasing distracting telephone wires and TV antennas, and evening out the exposure. http://thewinterfamily.net/_alba/AlbaStockholm.jpg

    Perhaps we could collaborate. You are taking all these great shots but haven’t yet found time to learn post-processing. I have some of those PP skills, but health problems have sidelined me from doing much shooting. You could send me some of your shots, I could fuss with them, send them back and you could publish the results. I desire no credit whatsoever, just the fun of doing the work is reward enough.

    You can reply at Jack@JackWinterPhoto.com, and feel free to delete this post.

  7. “There’s more to Europe than London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome “….. So true Alba.
    Nice posts and awesome lifestyle! hope to keep coming 🙂

    • Thank you! I’ll be sure to continue posting!

      No I do not have a twitter handle at the moment, but it’s my project for the holidays as soon as I get some free time!

  8. Alba Marie – Your photos are so beautiful and inspiring! I am in Warsaw for the next month and am fascinated/obsessed with the abandoned buildings in the city. I feel they each have a story to tell. While I may never learn their story, I want to photograph them and give them new life. They will all be gone soon.

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