Photo Essay: Europe’s Life in the Details
For me part of the thrill of exploring a new city is taking note of the small, seemingly unimportant, everyday things that give that city flare. To me the character of a city isn’t necessarily in the grandeur of its iconic landmarks or in its vistas, its in the details from doors to graffiti and intricate building elements to its people.
When we think of Europe many of us conjure up images of Rome’s Colosseum, Paris’s Eiffel Tower and the Acropolis in Greece, but sometimes the beauty of life in these cities is in it’s details. Come along as 10 travel bloggers show you Europe’s Life in the Details…
Tübingen, Germany from Me!
There is something magical about strolling through the quiet and picturesque halls of Bebenhausen Abbey found just outside of Tübingen, Germany. I couldn’t help but crane my neck around and gaze at the many amazing and intricate details the can be found throughout the buildings, like this gold cap on the ceiling of a lion, which was one of many animal details found in this 1180’s abbey.
Geneva, Switzerland – Angie from An Adventurer’s Journal
Wandering around the old city center I stumbled across this meta-feeling of a door leading to a courtyard and another door. It felt secret and inviting at the same time. The possibilities of what lay through those doors seemed endless . . . .
The Republic of Užupis – Jonny from Don’t Stop Living
This sign is the symbol of the self-declared Republic of Užupis, which is across a bridge from Lithuania in the city of Vilnius. It’s an artistic funky republic with its own currency (the Uza), passport stamps, government and constitution and a really quirky place.
Positano, Italy – Victoria from PostcardZ from Victoria
Did Christopher Columbus ever look this fabulous? ;D
Tallinn, Estonia – Melody from Wherever I May Roam
Having known next to nothing about Estonia, my friend and I almost stayed on the boat the day we were in port during our Baltic Capitals cruise with Norwegian. We almost missed one of my favorite cities of all time! Estonia was a shocker for sure. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, embraces their medieval past and brings it alive in the city for all the tourists to share in and be part of. This lady selling almonds at her kiosk was just one of the amazing characters we saw while exploring Estonia’s amazing history.
Ankara, Turkey – Paula from Contented Traveller
Wandering around the back streets of Ankara, Turkey we saw these cats sitting on the steps of an amazing old ottoman house. The colours and the looks that they gave us, were worth capturing. Like who are you people?
Verona, Italy – Noel from Travel Photo Discovery
Verona is such an amazing city to walk around and look at all the stunning architecture and details to this medieval city. It’s easy to wander and even get lost through all of the large promenades, piazzas and narrow cobbled streets through the historic center of town. You will find so many amazing portals and doors to admire and wish you actually lived in some of these buildings like the image I’m sharing of a colorful Venetian style window.
Paris, France – Sue from Food Travelist
The photo was taken out of a window at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. What I thought made it so special is the view of the Sacre Coeur on the hill of Montmarte. I love both of these places and have visited them both on every trip to Paris. This photo holds a very special place in my collection.
Patmos, Greece – Alli from The Vintage Postcard
The image of a kitty cat sitting on a stairwell in Patmos, Greece stood out to me because I love how the kitty really pops against the white background. I love the rustic simplicity of the photo, from the poised cat, the textured stairs, and the potted flowers at the top.
Vaduz, Liechtenstein – Anu from Country Hopping Couple
Liechtenstein is one of the smallest yet stunningly beautiful country. There are simple things that we tend to miss during our busy travel schedule. It’s these little things that add beauty and enrich our travel experiences, for they are part of everyday life in any given place. When we were travelling around Liechtenstein, we noticed many interesting and intriguing bronze statues dotted around Vaduz city centre (the capital city of Liechtenstein). One among them is this statue of this supposedly African King sculptured by Gunther Stilling, a German sculptor.