Traveling throughout Europe with my teenager by train last month was an adventure I will never forget. I thought I would share my very first impressions of the cities I visited through a photo representing each city. Each photo below was taken on the day of arrival and I think they capture perfectly my first impressions.
Venice was the last stop on our trip. Hot sun and crowds of people greeted us as we exited the doors of the train station. I left Cyeira in the shade with our bags while I ventured out towards the water to look for our vaporetto (water taxi). Venice continued to live up to that first impression – hot and crowded, but a gorgeous backdrop for photos.
Amsterdam was the very first city we visited and this pretty much sums up my first impression. Bikes, bikes and more bikes! It amazes me how this city has successfully accommodated cyclists – something Toronto could take some notes on. Most roads had a lane each for autos, bikes and pedestrians with some of the smaller streets accommodating all three. What a great people city.
This was the sky on our first night as we ventured out to find dinner. Yes, we got caught in the storm and I wasn’t as enthusiastic about the “free shower” as Cyeira was. We managed to duck inside a lovely Italian restaurant for a delicious pasta dinner before getting completely drenched. I actually ended up loving Brussels.
Verona was our first stop in Italy and this is where the taxi dropped us off, as our hotel is down a small side street from where I am taking the photo. I loved this little courtyard and just about everywhere I turned, the scenery was just as beautiful.
We were only in each city for two or three nights – just enough to form a first impression. I know sometimes it takes time to get to know a place over time before an accurate opinion can be formed. I loved Brussels, with Verona and Amsterdam tied at a close second place. I wonder if I had stayed longer, would I have preferred one over the other? Would I have grown to love Venice, with its labyrinth of tiny streets and canals?
Have you every visited a place and had your opinion change over time? Tell me about it in the comments below, I’d love to know.