My Top 5 European Food Adventures

Pesto Pasta in Venice
This pasta blew my actual mind. We like to think our American-style Italian food is pretty spot-on, but not one Italian that I met on my travels knew what “Alfredo” pasta was.  So I tried an authentic Italian dish, cooked with the absolute minimum ingredients; just oils, pesto and spices. Simple and delicious. Tip: Even better with an italian Bellini, a drink based with Prosecco sparkling wine and peach nectar, which originated in Venice as well!

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Magnum Ice Cream Bar in Holland
Magnum Ice Cream is available at any convenience store in Canada, with a big price tag. The price tag isn’t any smaller in Holland, but the options are infinite! You pick your ice cream, you pick your coating, you pick your toppings! Whole strawberries, fudge drizzle, peanut butter. Anything!  It’s the magnum version of make-your-own fro yo. An amazing treat that you will definitely regret passing up.

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A Florentine Museum

My neck was sore from walking around, gawking at the ceiling art. And my eyes were tired from squinting and adjusting to the tiny intricate details and then huge murals stretching from floor to ceiling. Everywhere that you look, the art, history and beauty fills your head. I only wish I could have stayed in Italy for a while longer to let it all sink in.Ren-museum-florence-2

10 countries later and I’m feeling blessed

I was pretty silly to think I’d be finding time to edit photos and post on my blog while traveling. I lost my camera adapter on the first day, and have barely had enough wifi to send a few emails, let alone update on WordPress. But here I am, sitting on a bus to Cashel, Ireland, with a quick update.

It’s been 22 days on the road now. I’ve hit 10 countries throughout Europe and I’m feeling truly blessed to have taken in all of these experiences, sights and history along the way. It feels as though I’ve shot through most of my bucket list, without having time to take a breath.

I indulged in the lovely Amsterdam cafes, walked above the bunker where Hitler died, touched the remains of the Berlin Wall, I sat on the streets of old town Prague listening to street performers while eating a proper Czech crepe. I got a tattoo across the world, I drank a stein at a four-hundred-year-old beer garden at Haufbrauhaus in Munich. I ate a mouthwatering pesto pasta in Venice while watching the gondolas float through the canals. I walked through the coliseum, the pantheon and visited a stunning Renaissance gallery in the old Medici house in Rome. Felt small beneath the Sistine chapel. Saw the pieta and the David. Walked the churches and gawked at art in the Vatican City. I ate proper Italian pizza on the streets of Florence, whilst being serenaded by talented Italian musicians. I took my shirt off at the top of one of the tallest mountains in the Swiss alps. Drank a beer under a waterfall above our Swiss chalet. Drank a bottle of (illegal) champaign under the Eiffel Tower light show in Paris. Kissed an Aussie. Visited the louvre. Conversed with locals in real authentic French. Drank a (few) Guinness in Dublin. Saw the great giants causeway, walked the carrek-a-rede rope bridge, and took in the beauty of Dunluce castle of Northern Ireland. Made new friends in each city. Got lost in each city. Found my way again. I cried at the beauty of it all, and laughed at my own misfortune. I found out more about myself, the world, and others, than I knew was possible.

And it’s not done yet : )

Artist turned traveler

I’ve been using this URL off and on for about 4 years to post my art. Many of you started following me when I was just a photography blog, and thanks for sticking it out while I discovered other passions like music and design.

Next month, I’ll be traveling 7 countries in Europe with a guided backpack tour through Contiki, then I’ll wander off on my own to explore Ireland and England. So I’ve cleaned up the blog and I’m going to be posting all things Shannon: music, travels, photos and ramblings.

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If you run a travel blog or have any advice on traveling Europe, let me know so I can follow your journeys as well 🙂 I’ll be visiting Belgium (in transit), Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France , Ireland and England. If you are from these countries, or have traveled through them, get at me with your stories!

This photo does not belong to me, it was taken by John Ferreira of http://cargocollective.com.