I-Had-A-Good-Time Vacation Travel Photos

It was my first time in Europe. This part of the world is different from my side of the hemisphere in several ways. So try to understand the thrill I felt and the pleasure the trip gave me. Allow me some hangover as well. Travelling can be exhausting. Plus I’m now back to work. Busy busy me – don’t have enough time to pen much these days. I’ll be writing more again as soon as I find the time.

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Hah, on Turkish Airlines, business class. My sister’s fault. It was enjoyable nevertheless.

My best experience during the tour: Getting to the Top of Europe. In the heart of Jungfrau/Wilderswil region – one of the most visited places in the Swiss Alps.

Boy, was I shivering here. Brrrr...my lips were trembling and my hands got numbed. But it was do or die for me. :-)
Boy, was I shivering. Brrrr…my lips were trembling and my hands became numbed. But it was do or die for me. 🙂
That's the queen at the top of the world for you. :-)
That’s the ice queen at the top of the world for you. 🙂

Switzerland is a very beautiful country. It’s one of the most expensive in the world, too. The Jungfraujoch ticket cost around P12000: close to my whole month salary. Yet we were allowed only two hours at “the top of Europe.”

The view from my bedroom window was breathtking.
The view from my bedroom window was breathtaking.
Strolling along the lovely Interlaken region.
Strolling along the lovely Interlaken region.
That was fun. Let me do that one more time. Ooops, Click...click!
That was fun. Let me do that one more time. Ooops, Click!
Cute girls and guys are everywhere, too. :-)
Cute girls and guys were everywhere, too, 🙂 including me.

I spent the most time in Kensington-London because it was the meeting place of the tour group. The area houses good museums and splendid Gothic architectural buildings.

V&A Museum in Kensington, London has a pretty and delightful park inside.
V&A Museum in Kensington has a comely, delightful park inside.
My travelling companion - my sister. She has a penchant for plays.
Sisters in action. My travelling companion – my sister. She has a penchant for plays.
Kathleen Turner  was ultimately cool in the fil "Body Heat." Glad to know she's still performing.
Kathleen Turner was dead sexy and the ultimate femme fatale in the film “Body Heat.” Glad to know she’s still kicking as a performer.
My sister is also into monarchy although I'm not. I just went tagging along. See the girl behind me? I think she's prettier than the Windsor Castle and me combined. :-)
My sister is also into monarchy although I’m not. I just went tagging along. See the young girl behind me? I believe she’s prettier than the Windsor Castle and me combined. 🙂

There are a lot of things to love and enjoy in London.

Musicians can be found around and they'll play for  pennies or a pound. Nice musical instrument, sir. :-)
Musicians can be found around the corner and they’ll play for pennies or for a pound. Nice musical instrument, sir. 🙂
It's the mysterious, much-read about Stonehenge. Sorry to say but I personally believe the stones are overrated. They're, you know, stones.
It’s the mysterious, much-read about Stonehenge. Sorry to say but I think the site is hyped and overestimated. There’s nothing to look at or appreciate really. They’re, you know, stones: Not even that tall and there are only a few.

 

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Look, look! I’ll make the stones tumble down with just one hand. And why do I look like I’ve got candy in my mouth?
Oh, poppies in the field!
Oh, poppies in the field!

It was a Sunday when we touched the grounds of Germany. The shops were closed. The charming town we visited was quiet. Peaceful.

The Rhine River Cruise was relaxing. See, I'm smiling....
The Rhine River Cruise was relaxing. See, I’m smiling….

I liked Paris the least. The city isn’t clean. It reminds me of Manila somehow. The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum are overrated, in my opinion. Though they say both of them look better at night with lights.

Overcrowded Louvre Museum. Plus it was hot in Paris. I don't like hot weather.
Overcrowded Louvre Museum. Plus it was summer hot in Paris. I don’t like hot weather.
At lest I can start telling people I had the chance to actually stand a few feet away from the Mona Lisa
At least I can start telling people I had the chance to stand a few feet away from the Mona Lisa
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From now on, I’ll keep pondering on why the Eiffel Tower became a special tourist attraction. It is no different from the tall gray steel TV stations erect in their compound. No kidding.

Btw, do you know the people in Netherlands are awesomely tall?

Canal cruising in Amsterdam. The  setting is gorgeous.
Canal cruising in Amsterdam. The setting is gorgeous.
...and so is Brugges, Belgium
…and so is its neighbor state Brugges, Belgium
Captivating.
Captivating.
Exquisite.
Exquisite.
So am I... (joke). I just gotta have a selfie. I just learned how when I was there.
Just like me… (joke). Permit me to show a few selfies such as this one. I learned how to take them while I was there. I’m cute, aren’t I? Aren’t I? 😀

Honestly, the modern buildings, infrastructure in those countries are not so different from what we have here in the Philippines. Also, when it comes to natural, beautiful places – my country can be a front runner. I like Europe very much nonetheless. The people may not be warm and friendly, but they are far more disciplined – and honest I suppose. I may write about my observations in another post.

(Inside a train on our way to the Swiss mountaintop) Oh Switzerland, my Switzerland... Could I ever forget you?
(Inside a train on our way to the Swiss mountaintop) Oh Switzerland, my Switzerland… Could I ever forget you?

 

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6 thoughts on “I-Had-A-Good-Time Vacation Travel Photos

    • Yeah, I wish I had seen the glitter of Paris in the dark. It was summer, and the sun would go down only at midnight. We couldn’t stay up so late as we had to rise early the next day. It is fascinating that the sun is still up even at 8:00 pm in many parts of Europe. Here in the Philippines, darkness cups every bit of our land by 7pm.

      • Yeah, not too surprising. You live at 15 degrees north, but Paris is way up at almost 49 degrees, so the day-night variation is much greater. Dawn and Dusk are longer, too!

  1. Hello old friend! I apologize for my absence as I have been withdrawn and isolated for the past months. I came to say hello and catch up on your blog. I really enjoyed your recent post “Last-Minute Solemn Thoughts and Revelations Before Setting Off” however I was unable to comment on it for some reason. It struck me as meditative and insightful. It seems you have been reflecting a lot on your self and life lately – which is a good thing! I really have a lot to figure out myself and it would benefit me to reflect in the ways you have. You mentioned that you don’t have a belief in god but put a premium on love. Are you familiar with Humanism and/or Secular Humanism? And finally, I am so happy that you were able to travel. I enjoyed seeing the pictures from your journey. I haven’t had the opportunity to leave the United States but hope to one day experience other countries. I am sure it was an excited and enriching experience. I am glad you were able to do this. Anyway, I hope you are well!

    • I wondered what had happened to you. You simply disappeared. It’s been a long time, my friend. It’s ok, though. I remain as your friend who cares for you.

      It’s 5:30 a.m. right now. I’ll be preparing to go to work. I haven’t read your newest entries yet. I will when I get home this afternoon and take time to reply again on your comment here.

      By the way, I dedicated my post “Music Babe Stuck in the 70s & 80s” to you, just as I promised. You are a precious friend to me, PTFT. Don’t you forget that. 🙂

      I’m very glad to hear from you again. Write to you later.

    • Please give me time to familiarize myself with Secular Humanism: It’s the first time I’ve heard of it – and it sounds quite interesting.
      Yes, all my life I’ve struggled with my religious upbringing considering I was born in a Catholic country. It’s difficult for me to accept the God that our human mind has created. Blogger Erik, the Clown in his defunct blog put it well when he wrote “Human Ego knows no bounds: God on man’s terms and image.”
      Anyway, I’m still working on my comment for the outstanding post on your religious beliefs. It’s so complete whatever I write will make things redundant on my side. 🙂

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