Every year on this blog, since since 2014, I have documented a year of travel in 50 photos. What began as a collection of poor quality iPhone photos has now transformed into a carefully curated photo journal of my year of travel.
These photos not only help me see how my photography has developed. They act as reminders for some of my favourite memories. Like this year, when I spent two days in the snowy mountains of Greece for Christmas. Or when it snowed in Amsterdam! Then there’s the time I took a street art tour of Rome on a scooter! And the day I finally discovered the abandoned railway that loops around the centre of Paris.
But I’d also love to hear about your memories.
Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post, and tell me about some of your favourite moments of 2017.
So without further ado, here is my 2017…
2017: A Year of Travel in 50 Photos
portsmouth – rome – amsterdam – rotterdam – rome (again) – london – paris – madrid – brighton
oriveto – amsterdam (again) – arundel – portsmouth (again) – rome – patras
▲ South Coast: The two photos above were taken at the very start of the New Year in my hometown in the UK. It’s a small town that I couldn’t wait to get out of when I was kid. But each time I return now I find it more and more beautiful.
▲ Rome (Colosseo): Sometimes, timing is everything. We caught this sunset at the Colosseum in Rome after an e-bike tour with The Roman Guy… which was as exhilarating as it was fun!
▲ Rome (Quadrado): This is the Temper Tot Mural by Ron English. I got to see it on an awesome street art tour with Scooteroma. You can read more about my experience on the tour, and of street art in Rome, in this post.
▲ Rome: Street view of the Colosseum from outside the Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano.
▲ Rome: The Trevi Fountain at 7.30am… before the crowds appeared!
▲ Amsterdam (Noord): Cyclists passing by the EYE Film Institute of the Netherlands.
▲ Amsterdam (Museumplein): The day the snow arrived in Amsterdam!
▲ Amsterdam (Sarphatipark): Snow and ice on the lake.
▲ Amsterdam (Noord): Sunset view from the top of the A’DAM Tower.
▲ Rotterdam (Hostel ROOM): One of my favourite signs from the redecorated Hostel ROOM Rotterdam.
▲ Rotterdam: View of the city’s architecture from the rooftop garden of Op Het Dak Cafe.
▲ Rome (Villa Borghese Gardens): Rowers on the lake and the Temple of Asclepius.
▲ Rome (Imperial Forum): A view of the Ancient Ruins of Rome in the Imperial Forum.
▲ Rome (Fontana dell’Acqua Paola): Read about my experience sneaking inside this beautiful found in this post.
▲ London (Millenium Bridge):
▲ London (Brick Lane): Street art in Shoreditch. See more free things to see and do in Shoreditch here.
▲ London (One New Change Shopping Centre). View of St Paul’s Cathedral from here.
▲ London (East): View of London’s rooftops from the top of the Monument to the Great Fire of London (£5 entry).
▲ London (East): View of Tower Bridge from the top of the Monument to the Great Fire of London (£5 entry).
▲ London (Spitalfields): Terraced houses from the Huguenot period.
▲ Paris (12th Arrondissement): Cherry blossoms along Villa Bel Air.
▲ Paris (Le Petite Ceinture): A section of Paris’ abandoned railway. Read more about my adventure along Le Petite Ceinture in this post.
▲ Vienna (Banks of the Danube Canal): Exploring the street art of Vienna. Check my guide in this post.
▲ Vienna (Karlskirche): Catching the sunset reflection of the city’s 18th-century Habsburg domed cathedral.
▲ Lisbon: View of the rooftops of Lisbon from the colourful Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara.
▲ Lisbon: Locals and tourists taking a break from the heat at Cais das Colunas, and viewpoint over the River Tagus.
▲ Madrid: Reflection of the beautiful streets of Madrid in a random scooter wing mirror.
▲ Madrid (Circulo de Bellas Artes): Rootop view of Madrid from the Circulo de Bellas Artes (€3 entry).
▲ Madrid (Almudena Cathedral): Sunset in Madrid.
▲ London (Quaker Street Cafe): Opening of the ‘Be Bold’ exhibition by Steve Kalinda.
▲ London: View of the Shard from the rooftop of the Tate Modern.
▲ Portsmouth (Southsea): Window art ‘Just Love’ at the entrance to Southsea Ghetto.
▲ Brighton: Entrance to YHA Brighton, formally the Royal York Hotel.
▲ Brighton: The colourful shopping streets of Brighton, also known as The Lanes.
▲ Brighton: A colourful public bus along the seafront.
▲ Orvieto: View of Orvieto from the entrance of Chiesa di San Giovenale.
▲ Orvieto: View of Orvieto from the clock tower of Torre del Moro (€2.80 entry).
▲ Amsterdam (Noord): Day time view of the city centre from the top of the A’DAM Tower.
▲ Amsterdam: View from a private boat tour of the Amsterdam canals with Pure Boats.
▲ Amsterdam: A bicycle on the Amsterdam canals.
▲ Arundel: Colourful terraced houses in the historic British market town of Arundel.
▲ Portsmouth (Gunwharf Quays): The illuminated Spinnaker Tower.
▲ Rome (Colosseo): My very first time inside the Colosseum during my boyfriend’s first trip to Rome.
▲ Rome (Vatican Museums): A girl admires the statue of The Nile, a Roman scultpure from the 1st Century AD that was discovered in 1513.
▲ Rome (The Pantheon): The inside of one of my favourite buildings on the planet.
▲ Rome (The RomeHello): One of my first days working inside Rome’s newest hostel, The RomeHello!
▲ The Road to Kalavryta: Kalavryta is a mountain town in Greece where I spent two nights of my Christmas holidays.
▲ Patras: View of the Greece’s third largest city from the top of a 6th Century fortress, also known as Patras Castle.
▲ Patras: View of the Patras coastline from the top of Patras Castle.
Thank you for the memories 2017, but most of all thank you for the people I met along the way.
2018… bring it on!
Lots of love,
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