Travelling With Feelings – My Favourite Photos of 2013

2013 In Photos…

2013… Yes well. It’s fair to say at the start of the year I had only one ambition. Ten months in, it’s equally fair to say I have, despite the very best intentions and all the effort I could muster, failed spectacularly in achieving that.

This failure has lead me all too often to also fail in seeing the bigger picture. In every other way this has been a great year (at least work wise); I have guided in more than 20 countries and found two wonderful new agencies to work for. I have new friends as well as re-kindled past friendships.

I have managed to continue my true love of writing and visited some incredible places. I admit there were times when this all seemed a little pointless, but as my working season draws to a close and I write these words overlooking the Tagus in Lisbon from the best hotel I have stayed in all year, this city has been the reminder of how fortunate I am.

Now with only two weeks of guiding left (until January) I miss – and always intended this to be a year of – travelling for two, but I am consoled by (and certainly have lived by) the words of Alvardo de Campos…

The best way to travel, after all, is to feel. To feel everything in every way…

Here is the collection my favourite photos from moments from 2013 where I certainly felt… Enjoy!

The Past

The Past

An old hotel by Lake Como. The Lake has become somewhat of a second home for me this year. I am extremely grateful to all I met. A big hug to Nina especially.

The Sea

The Sea

Capri sailing to Sorrento. No season for me would be complete without at least one visit to the island. The sea is just the most wonderful healer…

Death

Death

Lucerne- one of my favourite cities in Europe, and with it, the moving Lion Monument. I love coming here; it reminds me of our mortality and makes you think how important to achieve something in life.

Under The Gods

Under The Gods

Mount Ida, Turkey – A real treat this. The trip came at the perfect time. It was a tough spell, but again being so close to history helps to put our ‘problems’ in perspective.

Zorba

Zorba

Lesvos – an island can just be the most wonderful way to escape. Being washed by the waves and burned by the sun was total therapy. I saw virtually no one and literally did not speak to a person for 3 days.

Politics

Politics

Sweden – time for Scandinavia. Strolling one morning in Sweden, I was captivated by this graffiti; is batman their biggest problem? This turned out to be the catalyst for my purchasing a house in Sweden.

Green

Green

The Baltics – an unexpected delight was travelling the Baltics with Patricia a fellow guide. This little fellow marched off a beach in Latvia right onto (on paper at least) my new business cards…

Home

Home

Denmark – Home. Wonderful. It had been far too long.

Ice Man

Ice Man

Bolzano – Otzi the Ice Man. I don’t know why I find him so incredibly fascinating, but I am not alone in doing so. Perhaps it is the wandering spirit in him – where was he off to? – that attracts me?

Zen

Zen

The Dolomites – Another tricky time this year. This girl sitting totally alone in the middle of a square as a huge lightning storm rolled in, burned itself onto my mind. What was she thinking?

Toilets - Closed

Toilets – Closed

Brittany – ahh, you just have to love Brittany. Though fate continued to deny me my prize, the sheer beauty of the place made things easier. I just loved these closed toilets – ‘season over’, they suggest.

Autumn Sun

Autumn Sun

Giverny – an example of how the frequently visited and well-known can still surprise. Wonderful autumnal day and the gardens were at their very best. Nature again really helps to make you feel better…

Escaping The Rain

Escaping The Rain

Lisbon and Portugal – destinations that are perhaps more loaded with memories than any other. I was uncertain about a return. I should not have been. The energy I get from this city is like nowhere else.

Man With Red Bag

Man With Red Bag

Lisbon – my favourite photo of the year. It sort of sums up how I have felt through most of 2013 in one image – hard to describe. And at the same time inspires such hope for the future…

There you have it, a sort of ‘my year in photos’. In no way intended to show off (we all know I travel) and in every way intended to show that sometimes despite the beauty that surround us, life can still intervene and things be tricky… I am left feeling almost guilty and certainly a little ashamed for not having appreciated this year as much as I could.

But feel it Mr de Campos, well that I promise you I have…

~ by 2ndcupoftea on October 4, 2013.

8 Responses to “Travelling With Feelings – My Favourite Photos of 2013”

  1. Lovely, well written. I wish we had talked more when you were our guide

    • Hi Nonnie… thanks so much for your comment. Who knows? Maybe there will be another occasion to do so… and please email if you wish. That’s the trouble sometimes with work – hard to really get through the mask. Many hugs

  2. I love all the pics Tom! They are amazing snippets of places and moments in your life!

    • Hey Michelle – THANK you so much. They are good memories and I will never forget how fortunate I am to see so much in one life. Really hoping our paths cross soon – I was in Edinburgh as you may have seen recently and thought of you… Take care and lots of love.

  3. Beautiful photos, Thomas! Were you riding in a bus with a bunch of American farmers when the Denmark photo was taken?! I’m thrilled that we were responsible for getting you back home, even if it was for just a short time. Hope you’re doing well.

    • Hello Lori – Yes, yes yes I was indeed in a bus with a ‘bunch of farmers’ – I think it was just after Ausfahrt this bridge, no? Certainly it was after I kicked your butts at bus-bingo! Thanks indeed for getting me back home. I had so so much fun meeting you all – what a great trip! Much love from Europe… x

  4. Wonderful photos! Your year brought back so many memories for me of holidays over the years. Beautiful mystic Brittany camping with my two young boys. Many years of holidays in Sigri on Lesvos – an island where petrified trees are just lying around everywhere even used as doorstops! Lovely Turkey where we had four magical holidays just before my husband died. And Como last year which was my first solo holiday and which was made so great by my fellow travellers and a great tour guide. Lastly strangely enough just been reading up about Otzi and his so called curses! Hope to travel with you again next year provided I get back safely from Grand Safari in Kenya in the New Year.

    • Ahh Maureen – thanks so much for your extremely kind comments. What a series of coincidences regarding places visited and experiences we have had there. Funny world at times. Glad you’ve ‘discovered’ Otzi – he is well worth a visit too. Hope indeed to travel together again in the future. Many hugs Thomas

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