Some people call me an adventurer, others a vagabond, a world traveler, a wanderer, a globetrotter or just desperately lost. Really what I am is a woman who’s fallen madly in love with beautiful Europe – and I want to make you love it too!
I dare you to fall in love with cities, parks, mountains, coasts, towns 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, to add new places to your travel itineraries. How about the spectacular Kreuzenstein Castle in Austria? Or the vivid facades of Poznan? Perhaps the romantically medieval streets of Tallinn will seduce you, or the like-a-painting alleys of Spain’s peublos blancos. Get off that tourist track and visit the flying golden domes of Kiev’s cathedrals or Gutenberg Castle of micro-country Liechtenstein.
Hopefully some of my photos taken during my ongoing European travels will inspire you to start your own journey – and perhaps one day you’ll visit them too! Please enjoy!
All photos are my own. Please respect copyrights.
My pen name is Alba, a translation of my real name which is actually Dawn. In fact, everywhere I go, I have a new name, the translation of “Dawn” into any language. In French, I am Aurore, in Polish I am Jutrzenka (pronounced “yoot-gzen-ka”), and in Italian, Aurora. In Russian, I am заря, pronounced “Zar-ee-ya”. And of course, in Spanish, I am called Alba.
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. In Lyon, France, I received my Master’s Degree in Tourism Marketing & Management – in French! As of 2017, I’m living in Ireland as the Marketing Executive for an Irish adventure travel operator. I’ve travelled to more than 30 countries and over 300 destinations within those countries, always accompanied by my trusty (though ageing…) Nikon D3000. Since 2014, I’ve made it my goal to explore Europe with my French husband. We met in Lyon, married in a medieval castle in his home region of Auvergne, and 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! 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
2 years in Lyon while obtaining a Master’s degree in Tourism Marketing & Management at INSEEC LYON
Living in SLIGO, IRELAND where I’m the Marketing Executive for Wilderness Ireland!
**All photos and texts are my original work…please respect copyrights!**
Favourites cities and towns…
//Lyon, France// Bath, England// Tallinn, Estonia// Prague, Czechia// London, England// St Petersburg, Russia// Copenhagen, Denmark// Wroclaw, Poland// Annecy, France// Vienna, Austria// Kiev, Ukraine//Vitré, France// Warsaw, Poland// Sacra San Michele, Italy// Bergen, Norway// Dresden, Germany// Dubrovnik, Croatia// Bruges, Belgium// Ronda, Spain// Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany// Kreuzenstein Castle, Austria// Gdansk, Poland// Pérouges, France// Peniscola, Spain// Ghent, Belgium// Dunnattor Castle, Scotland// Bunratty Castle, Ireland// Budapest, Hungary// Torino, Italy// Madrid, Spain// Donegal, Ireland// Riga, Latvia// Stockholm, Sweden// Strasbourg, France// Santillana del Mar, Spain// Liverpool, England// Split, Croatia// Dinan, France//Bilbao, Spain// Poznan, Poland// Mont Saint Michel, France// Ohrid, Macedonia// Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland// Largentière, France// Chateau de Chenonceau, France// Belfast, Northern Ireland// Torun, Poland// Sacra di San Michele, Italy// Sighisoara, Romania//Corvinus Castle, Romania//
- Andalucia, Spain
- Aosta Valley, Italy
- Ardeche, France
- Auvernge, France
- Beskids, Poland
- Bretagne (Brittany), France
- Cantabria, Spain
- Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
- Cevennes Mountains, France
- Cotswolds, England
- Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
- Dolomites, Italy
- Donegal, Ireland
- Gauja River Gorge, Latvia
- Hebrides, Scotland
- Hunedoara, Romania
- Lake District, England
- Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
- Sligo, Ireland
- Sognefjord, Norway
- Transylvania, Romania
- Yorkshire Dales, England