If you missed the first post, read London I
before continuing the journey with London II!
One year ago, I found myself whisked up in the freezing, wonderful whirlwind of England.
Every movement in this foreign territory of British newsreaders, grey skies and frosted windows was seamless, as our loosely strung plans resulted in golden days. In reality, we were two teenagers attempting to explore an entire continent on budgets that restricted us to backpacker hostels and frequent picnicking (ie. grabbing extra food from our buffet breakfasts).
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“Did I ever tell you about the time I went to France?”
Emma returned from an extravagant adventure around Europe with a lifetime of memories, a storybook of inimitable experiences and a treasured collection of breathtaking photographs. (Also with enough Harry Potter merchandise from the London studios to last me a lifetime! Thanks to Emma, I am now the proud owner of Gryffindor socks, a butterbeer mug, Hermione’s wand and a Gryffindor pin) Read on to catch a glimpse of Europe through Emma’s lens, and to discover her perspective on the cultural cities she visited.
“The road trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow was my favourite part of the trip.
It was sort of a break from running from one place to the next, not only that but it was easily the most peaceful part of the trip. Plus the Scottish countryside is the most beautiful thing. It wasn’t boring though because out the window was always something new, a small village or a snow topped hill, always a new moment to capture on camera. I was basically glued to the side window and had to fight for the front seat views. There were also a few moments when there was no one else on the road, and it was easier to appreciate the peacefulness of the Scottish countryside. Those moments are part of why I want to go back so badly.“
Paris is so rich with cultural history that it’s hard not to spend hours in the many art museums that surround the city. The Musée de l’Orangerie was probably my favourite, mostly because parts of the museum were built around the artwork. Monet’s Water Lilies were a majestic example of how much Monet influenced the architecture. The compositions are all the same height (1.97m) but differ in length so that they could be hung across the curved walls of two egg-shaped rooms. This museum was also where I bought my pop-up Paris book, which I still cherish very much.”
“The pace is faster in Europe; everything seems to be happening at once in the same place and you always seem to be in the middle of it. That description doesn’t make much sense until you’ve been to a huge city. It truly is a unique experience.
There is a certain energy that came with Europe that’s hard to explain; but it’s nothing like it is in Australia. Though, sometimes when it’s a particularly chilly morning as I sit and wait for my bus in the CBD, it provides small glimpses of what it was like to be standing still in the midst of a hurricane of people. There’s also snow.”
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“Emma’s European Escapade”