Autumn brings a mixture of feelings – beautiful golden colours of the changing leaves (accompanied with worsening weather) and a sense of eager anticipation approaching the lull period/holiday season (yet dreading that not enough had been accomplished before the year comes to a close). Not to mention that autumn is itself also a season of unpredictability, with fluctuating temperatures and scenery – the same place looks dramatically different when sunny and when gloomy. It really is an interesting season indeed.
I’ve had a wonderful time over the past 2 weeks exploring new towns & cities in countries both previously visited and not-yet-visited, and these are some of my favorite photos that characterize the highlights of the trip.
This is now my 3rd visit over one year so I have become quite acquainted with this small, yet charming city. My first two visits were in early and late summer, so coming in autumn was a rather fresh experience.
The autumn colours were in full swing due to the cooler temperatures, and it was certainly quite a sight to behold.
This is actually my 2nd visit to the Netherlands – my last visit was about 8 years ago in winter. Amsterdam’s ever more crowded with tourists (and has thus lost some of its charm), but the towns and cities outside of Amsterdam still retain that wonderful feeling – mostly. Strolling down a tree-lined canal with quaint houses on either side of it, just never gets old – especially if there’s a windmill or two adding to the Dutch atmosphere.
Couldn’t decide which photo was nicer, so another shot of the farmlands around Zaanse Schans
To get to Croatia, I had to catch a cheap Ryanair flight from Hamburg. Since I hadn’t been to this city before, I figured – good chance to go explore, even if it’s a 7-hour bus ride from Amsterdam 🙂
It’s a beautiful city, and the Speicherstadt (the largest warehouse district in the world) was especially imposing and awe-inspiring.
I was really excited to visit Croatia because it’s a new country for me (not to mention my 68th country!).
Needless to say, Croatia did not disappoint at all, with its amazing scenery and pristine coastlines. I’ve only scratched the surface of the country this trip, and would certainly be looking forward to visiting Croatia again in the future.
Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)
No doubt one of the highlights of this trip. The lakes were pristine and incredibly beautiful – although it’s important to note that they look their best when the sun is shining at its brightest.
Despite being a rather small country, Slovenia is jam-packed with loads of incredible scenery. I was here for about 4.5 days and although I was able to cover most of the major attractions in the country, there’s definitely a lot left to explore. Visitors to the country are often struck by how much of the country still feels untouched, and it’s definitely one of the most charming aspects of Slovenia.
I took a tour to Triglav National Park, and it was definitely a great experience with the wonderful tour guide and beautiful autumn colours. Temperatures were uncharacteristically warm, though.
The Škocjan cave is definitely one of the most awe-inspiring caves I’ve been to – there’s an entire river running inside and a huge canyon to walk along. Forget about all the other caves that seem more-or-less similar after a while – this is the mother of all caves (at least in Europe).This entry was posted in Europe