A road trip in pictures

Last September I went on a trip around some countries in Europe with my family. It’s been a while but I wanted to share some of the photos I took.

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“Peace” — Zaanse Schans, NL
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Zaanse Schans, Netherlands
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Friendship — Zaanse Schans, NL
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Reflections — Zaanse Schans, NL
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Reflections pt II — Zaanse Schans, NL
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Mystery — Giethoorn, NL
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Green — Giethoorn, NL
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Giethoorn, NL
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Volendam, NL
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Volendam, NL
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Red — Volendam, NL
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Brugge, Belgium
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Brugge, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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Books — Brussels, Belgium
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Chambord, France
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Rooftops — Amboise, France
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River Loire, France
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Blois, France
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French cool — Blois, France
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Love ornate doors — Château de Chenonceau, France
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Château de Chenonceau, France
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Château de Chenonceau, France
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Château de Chenonceau, France
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Château de Chenonceau, France
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Château de Chenonceau, France
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Château de Chenonceau, France
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Soft — Château de Chenonceau, France
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Château de Chenonceau, France
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Caryatids — Château de Chenonceau, France
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Château de Chenonceau, France
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Rush — Château de Chenonceau, France
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Chilling in the shade — San Sebastián, Spain
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I’d love to live here — San Sebastián, Spain
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Early morning light — Dombellas, Spain
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Warmth — Dombellas, Spain
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Dombellas, Spain
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Cosy — Dombellas, Spain
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Los Sestiles, Dombellas, Spain
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Celtas — Ruinas de Numancia, Spain
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The road home — Dombellas, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Always miss these colourful walls — Madrid, Spain
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Callejeando — Madrid, Spain

 

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the tower.

I would jump fences
and dance madly to Uptown Funk
by the fake lions

I’d spill oil on the crown velvet
and stick out my tongue at the guards
who inspect my bag
with a haughty air

I’d jump a queue or two
and turn on the damn lights
at the Crown Jewels display!

I feel like cattle looks;
herded by velvet cords
no entry signs
fences of various sorts
arrows up and down
leaning left and right
guiding me in a circle

I hear murmurs of information
in a cloak of history and knowledge
that will easily be forgotten
by lunchtime

I run down the stairs to escape
only to be told
step aside, madam
as vehicles carrying weapons
make their way to the river bank

The commotion is almost over when a shiny
black car whizzes by
Hundreds of people stand amazed
at the ceremonious air of this
sticky spring morning

I eat a sandwich to the sound of
The Gun Salute

Skies. A collection of photos.

There were many skies. The sky was invaded by great white clouds, flat on the bottom but round and billowy on top. The sky was completely cloudless, of a blue quite shattering to the senses. The sky was a heavy, suffocating blanket of grey cloud, but without promise of rain. The sky was thinly overcast. The sky was dappled with small, white, fleecy clouds…

Chapter 78, Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Waiting. Madrid, Spain.
Waiting. Madrid, Spain.
“Something blue-lined, teary, mingled…” Jacaranda Tree by Josh Garrels. Madrid.
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Closure. Whitstable, England.
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Despertar. Quito, Ecuador.
Amsterdam, NL.
Amsterdam, NL.
Amsterdam, NL.
Amsterdam, NL.
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Canterbury, England.
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Madrid, Spain.
Walking home.
Walking home. Quito, Ecuador.
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Upward stroke. Somewhere in Spain.
A letter
A letter. Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.
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Family walk. Barcelona, Spain.
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Rodeos. Madrid, Spain.
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Cádiz, Spain.
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Cádiz, Spain.
Up.
Up. Bath, England.
After the storm.
After the storm. Bristol, England.
Anticipation.
Anticipation. London, England.
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London, England.
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Herne Bay, England.
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Sol. Madrid, Spain.
Fleeting beauty.
Fleeting beauty. Madrid, Spain.
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Moncloa. Madrid, Spain.
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On the hill. Canterbury, England.
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Early morning seminars. Canterbury, England.
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London, England.
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Quito, Ecuador.
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December. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Ever-changing purple.
Ever-changing purple. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Majestic.
Majestic. Madrid, Spain.
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Un respiro. Canterbury, England.
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Lovely shades of blue. Canterbury, England.
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Frightening. Dover, England.
Liminoid.
Liminoid. Whitstable, England.
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Whitstable. England.
He walks all over Vienna at night.
He walks all over Vienna at night. Vienna, Austria.
Train journeys.
Train journeys. Somewhere in Kent.
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Beautiful clouds. Bath, England
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Park wood. Canterbury, England.
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Margate, England.
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On the road in Spain.
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Brugge, Belgium.
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From Bcn to Madrid.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Prestatyn, Wales.
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Amsterdam Centraal. Netherlands.
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Toledo, Spain.
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Salinas, Ecuador.
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Somewhere in Cantabria, Spain.
Quito.
Quito.

April in pictures.

Here are some of the photos I’ve taken this month. Most of this month was seen through my sunglasses, which change the colour of things — I’ve tried to add some of that colour through editing the images. Enjoy!

Yessica.

Visiting the newlyweds in Bournemouth. Good times! ^^
Visiting friends in Bournemouth. Good times! ^^
Bournemouth sunset.
Bournemouth sunset.
Homebound.
Homebound.
Canterbury High Street at 7pm.
Canterbury High Street at 7pm.
Magnolia tree on Cherry Garden Road.
Magnolia tree on Cherry Garden Road.
The office.
The office.
Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral
New leaves in the sun.
New leaves in the sun.
My favourite gate.
My favourite gate.
Dane John Gardens.
Dane John Gardens.
Somewhere in Oxford.
Somewhere in Oxford.
Pretty pattern on the stairs.
Pretty pattern on the stairs.
Dover Castle
Dover Castle
Scenes of Parisian Life by Constantin Guys.
Scenes of Parisian Life by Constantin Guys.
Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle
Westgate Gardens. Walking back home after a long day.
Westgate Gardens. Walking back home after a long day.
Stuck in London traffic.
Stuck in London traffic.
Probably somewhere along Whitehall.
Probably somewhere along Whitehall.
Portrait/selfie. Trying on a headwrap.
Self portrait/selfie: trying on a headwrap.

Steinach.

Uhrzeit: 21:49 (UTC+1:00)
Ort: Steinach/ The middle of nowhere (to me).

4 people at a train station
2 smoke
2 write, numbers and letters
1 lifts her legs on her suitcase. She waits for a call.
1 wonders why her friendliness was met with blank stares and the shrugging of shoulders.
2 chat. They keep each other company.

Dozens of crickets sing to the clear sky, or to each other. Who knows?
We lift our head in anticipation whenever a train approaches.
We wait for the unplanned, the impossible.
Only big, bulky cargo trains rush by,
leaving us immersed in silence
until the sound of the crickets rises
from beneath the blackness of this summer evening
whose language I can barely speak.

 

– Yessica Dædalus, 2013