Summer ’16 Rewind

This week I began my last semester at Iowa State University. It’s bittersweet but I’m promising myself that I’ll make it one for the books.

I’ve already had a great, but busy start to the semester and as time goes on I’ll be sharing more about what is going on! But as for now, I’m feeling nostalgic and a little sad that summer is already over so I would like to share some photos that I took during my trip to Europe. Along with a short but sweet itinerary.

So here is what I did.

  1. Flew into London
  2. Stayed for a few days, fell in love
  3. Next stop: Amsterdam
  4. Stayed an extra day due to falling in love with the city and making an amazing friend
  5. Next stop: Berlin
  6. Final destination: Thessaloniki, Greece
  7. Stayed in Greece for 5 weeks
  8. Explored Santorini, Halkidiki and Athens and much more
  9. Left for Zürich, Switzerland
  10. Couchsurfed and made another amazing friend
  11. Went back to London because I couldn’t get enough
  12. Edinburgh, Scotland
  13. Stayed in a shipping containers hostel
  14. Departed from Dublin, Ireland
  15. Final Destination: The Motherland (Iowa)

And these are some of my favorite photos in each destination…

London, England

A beautiful garden near Buckingham Palace in London, England.

London Eye: London

A photo of Westminster Abbey in London, England.

Westminster Abbey: London

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A view from a canal: Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beautiful homes: Amsterdam

A women's sanctuary in Amsterdam.

Women’s Sanctuary: Amsterdam

Berlin, Germany

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany.

Holocaust Memorial: Berlin

Berlin Wall, Germany

Berlin Wall: Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany

TV Tower: Berlin, Germany

Thessaloniki, Greece

A view of Thessaloniki from the top of the White Tower.

View from the top of the White Tower

The White Tower, Thessaloniki

The White Tower, Thessaloniki

Santorini, Greece

A view from the top of the volcano in Santorini, Greece.

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Oia, Santorini

Athens, Greece

Old olympic stadium: Athens, Greece

The Parthenon at the Acropolis. Athens, Greece

Parthenon at the Acropolis: Athens, Greece

Zürich, Switzerland

A view of the alps from Lake Zurich in Switzerland.

Lake Zürich: Switzerland

Town of Schaffhausen: Switzerland

Town of Schaffhausen: Switzerland

The Rhein leading up to the Rheinfalls: Switzerland

The Rhein leading up to the Rheinfalls: Switzerland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Arthur's Seat: Edinburgh, Scotland

Arthur’s Seat: Edinburgh, Scotland

There were a lot of photos to take in for this post, but I hope you enjoyed seeing this European adventure through my lens. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and I’m already planning a time to go back (I’m already saving my pennies).

If you are ever on the edge about traveling, do it. Don’t think twice because I promise you that you won’t regret it. It’s not always glamorous and things hardly ever go as planned, but in the end you learn so much about new cultures, history and yourself.

Traveling is worth every penny.

Thanks for reading/browsing my photos and I hope I encouraged you to take the leap across the pond. If you ever need any advice or have any questions, I’m available to give you honest guidance and advice. Just leave a question in the comments or shoot me an email at

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back soon!

Much Love, Courteney (: