We are at the end of 2011 that I am writing this. Time to look back. In short: it’s been a very eventful, unusual and adventurous year to me. What a hell of a ride!
First of all, this is the first year that I am no longer living a student life. I ended my internship in Czech Republic, which brought me to The Netherlands where I am living together with my amazing girlfriend and doing a first full time job now as an IT professional. I have taken many steps, so in many ways this might have been one of the most special years yet in my life.
The past year has also seen some very memorable trips. Luckily at the end of 2010 we bought a
DSLR camera, a Canon 500D with a few great lenses. Well, I think we might have taken some 10000 pictures in total over the year! A picture tells a thousand words you know, and the camera really allows us capturing these memorable moments.
And we are getting better at photographing everyday!
Anyway, the pictures leave us with some beautiful footage that I would like to share, mingled with some melancholy.
The year takes off at the Antwerp Christmas market
A deer at the Rotteram Blijdorp diergaarde
Rotterdam on a sunny Winter day. You can see the early constructing and rising of De Rotterdam, the Erasmus bridge that connects north and south and the KNP and Maastoren buildings. In the left you see a Spido ferry.
A warm welcome for an amazing time in the Serviced Apartment in Rotterdam. Spend some good quality time there! February 2011
Rotterdam from Euromast heights
Rotterdam from New Orleans heights
Late February I was in Brno, Czech Republic. This picture shows the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul taken on the Petrov hill. March 2011
When we visited the Moravian caves - being in a beer land, I couldn't help but take this picture of a typical Pilsner Urquell.
Red Brno tram in motion. It was raining very hard that day.
In a shopping center in Brno, contemplating the highs and lows
Picture taken from the coastal part of Buda. View on the Donau and Pest.
Key and latches artwork in Brno. Hanging my own too ;-)
We visited Znojmo, a beautiful town in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. You can see the Saint Nicholas church. We had a very good and satisfying feeling visiting this wonderful medieval looking town.
Getting super excited standing on edges near the Nicholas church in Brno.
Portrait inside Schönbrunn Palace
Portrait in Schönbrunn gardens
Together at Schönbrunn gardens
Schönbrunn palace, Vienna
When we were about to leave Vienna, we stopped by in this fun park. There was a great atmosphere and fantastic to explore the park at night.
This reflects the end of our Znojmo and Vienna trip. We rented a car and were happy to have reached back safely.
Yet another trip. This portrait is taken in a main shopping street in Prague.
I remember this one was taken by a cute tourist couple too. We had a good time in Prague as well.
Without doubt, this is one of the best shots we took in 2011. Still winter in Prague. April 2011
We visited Keukenhof in April. Was really overwhelmed with the vast variety and diversity of flowers.
Flower meadows in Keukenhof. Nice patterns and vivid colors.
This was so funny. Grannies on the picture were constantly trying to take pictures of the beautiful Keukenhof flower parade. Unfortunately, security would not allow them. So they would keep retaliate.
Flower parade heart wagon, Keukenhof
Dutch celebrating Queensday in the Amsterdam canals
We are all orange on Queensday! June 2011
Air walking in Delft
Delft is such a beautiful and peaceful city. We came back here during spring just to see the blossoming trees and watery canals. July 2011
Here we visited some friends in Nijmegen. Summer just started.
Ice cream time!
Of course also some tourist activities in Nijmegen. This pictures the devil that helped Mariken van Nieumeghen
No city without a panorama view August 2011
In August we were in Paris. This is a portrait at the famous Louvre
This picture actually couldn't have turned out better. No, we are not standing on the chains but just in front of L'Arc de Triomphe
Versailles palace baby!
Visting Paris also includes the obliged Montmartre of course. This was a nice painting we noticed.
While walking around the Montmartre area, my girlfriend managed to photograph this fashionable shot of me. Unique :)
Sitting on a Parisian bridge over the Seine, enjoying a great summer October 2011
This is taken in Delfshaven during a sunny autumn day
Exploring the park November 2011
So glad that we were able to catch the falling leaves. Colors turned out very well too.
Me, myself and I
A Delfshaven autumn December 2011
This picture was taken in Tilburg. We went there for Christmas eve to celebrate with friends.