European Travels – magnificent gardens and spectacular scenery

European Travels – magnificent gardens and spectacular scenery

This blog article has certainly been a long time coming! My excuse is we recently spent a month in Europe seeing some amazing sites and meeting some delightful people, and since our return I have spent a lot of time filling the garden with spring colour. I thought in the coming weeks I’d share some gardening tips, but it would be remiss of me to not share a few pics from our recent travels. Here’s a brief selection of the 2000 or so photos.

Delights of London in summer


Poppy Memorial at Tower of London



It never ceases to amaze me how well the Europeans do in their gardens. My garden inspiration started on day one of our trip.

Captivating Milan


On the ground in front of the Duomo.


On top of the Duomo.


Cute idea for a veggie garden right in the heart of Milan.

Lake Maggiore – Garden inspiration overload!



Yes, these are hydrangeas and they were everywhere you looked. Damian got sick of me saying “wow honey look at those hydrangeas”.

Lake Maggiore2

Lake Maggiore

Flowers everywhere


Even immaculate flower hedges.

Verona, ahhhh Verona



Under the night lights in the streets of Verona.


Along the river front.

Birthday celebrations in Venice

Venice sundown

This is how we spent my birthday afternoon on our canal front.


Now this is how you paint a house – I wasn’t quite that brave with my colour selection when I painted our house (see We painted our brick house).

Splendors of Austria


Innsbruck at night – our favorite photo from the trip.


Hiking on top of the world.


Driving the Grossglockner High Alpine Road the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria – and known as the best drive in the world.


We decided to do the Sound of Music bicycle tour – yes in the pouring rain.


Then it cleared to a beautiful day and we rode through the gardens and Sound of Music sights of Salzburg.


Fans of Sound of Music will recognise this?

Delights of Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace


Agony in Budapest IMG_4094

What you do when visiting Budapest? Run a half marathon with 10000 other people of course!


Sights along the Danube in Budapest.

Charming Prague


Bohemian Honey cake over looking Prague

Kat and Matt in Prague

The lovely Kat and Matt. We met them on the train from Budapest to Prague and Matt and Damian were like best friends immediately – very cute.



Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich.


Neuschwanstein Castle – nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace.

As you can see we had an amazing trip, and this was only a small snippet of an incredible month. Sadly now we are back in the swing of reality, but enjoying being home with little Molly and gardening at the best time of the year.

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