Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention to arrive safely in a pretty and well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!’”
– Hunter S. Thompson
Things have been a bit stale of late. In my last few posts I’ve talked about how I’ve been in a travel rut of late and I’ve had some great feedback and advice which is muchly appreciated. It’s also starting to heat up as we move into the hot and monsoonal season in Asia. So I’ve decided to take action, put my plans for Vietnam on hold temporarily in favour of a European adventure through Europe and finishing up in the Middle East.
If you’ve noticed my favourite photos from last year then it’s easy to conclude that I LOVE my landscape photography. With the seasonal weather conspiring against me here, conditions have been less than ideal to get out into the countryside without wondering if it will be pouring down with rain or not. So I’ve decided to make better use of my time and travel to places in europe that I’ve seen on many photographic sites and blogs in Europe and the Middle East. It’s time to stop gawking at the photos and see them for myself.
The loose plan which starts today is I’ll fly out to Scotland where I’ll visit my sister and her family. From there I’ll go overland into England where I’ll to see more of the countryside as well as London. From there it will be my first visit to Paris to before eating my way further south to visit an old friend. The adventure will continue into the north of Italy then all the way to the southern point. From there it will be my first foray to the middle east where I’ll be heading to Turkey and Iran before heading back to Vietnam. There could be an opportunity to fit in a few Eastern European countries in between but those countries mentioned are my priorities right now.
Some of the places I have been to already, but my main intentions are different from previous trips so I’ll be seeing experiencing things through a completely different set of lenses (pun intended). My goal this time around is to follow my creative pursuits and dedicate more energy into my photography with areas of interest being the historical places in both cities and along the countryside from the Isle of Sky in Scotland to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the great mosques of Iran. So rather than waking up seedy from a few beers the night before, I’ll be up before the crack of dawn in most places trying to catch the morning rays.
There’s no doubt that I’m going to miss Vietnam; the noodles, traffic chaos, street food and cheap beer but I’ll be making up for it with eating plenty of cheese, cured meats, bread and wine along the way.
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Do you have any suggestions on where to go and things to see in those planned countries?