Travelling to Europe


Flying is easy…  isn’t it? Dragging your luggage behind you.

Finding the desk and  checking it in, hoping the weight is right, too.

Passing through security, Passport ready, hand luggage checked,

Take off your belt, remove your shoes, trying so hard not to get vexed.


But then all is done, pack your bag, get dressed, you are through

And for the next ninety minutes, sit back, relax, enjoy the view.

But wait, open your mind, is this really the best way to go?

Oh would you prefer to relax, enjoy the trip in a way which passes so slow.


Take the car, take all you need, no fears of being overweight.

Sit in the bar, have a meal or sleep as you wish, travel at a pace more sedate.

If the sun shines, go out on the deck. Take in the air, you can’t do that on a plane

And when you arrive, your car is still there, ready to go once again.


However you go, I’m sure you will find that there is so much to do and see

Such wonderful sights, too many I know,  millennia of history.

With languages diverse, and cultures galore, the seasons make no difference at all

Summer sun or winter snow, stroll in a park or around a castle’s walls.


As the sun sets, dipping slowly down with it’s rays reflected on the lake,

It gives a moment to reflect on the decisions we have yet to make.

Whichever route you choose, whether by land, by sea or by air,

You will never be disappointed by the things that you find there.


P1: Flughafen Munchen, Bavaria.

P2: The Alps

P3: Stena Btitannica.

P3: Ghent Castle, Belgium.

P4: Herrsching, Lake Ammersee, Bavaria.

P5: Neues Rathaus, Munich, Bavaria

ALL Photographs and words are copyright 2016, the author. Reproduction/transmission in any form is strictly prohibited.



4 thoughts on “Travelling to Europe

    1. annamagique Post author

      Hi Ralph. Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it.
      In answer to your questions, no, the Chunnel will not close and I doubt that Airport security will change. You have to realise that the UK was never a signatory to the Schengen Agreement and therefore our borders have never been open. The channel Tunnel trains, Airports and Ferries have always been subject to passport control and security checks.
      What may change though would be the customs and excise agreements but who knows?


  1. Tess M Garfield

    I really enjoyed this. The poem itself is great, but the pictures make it even better.

    I’m ashamed to say I haven’t seen much of Europe at all. South of Spain as a child (by plane), France in my teens (by ferry), France as an adult (by train), Cyrus and Corfu as an adult (both by plane). I wanted to take the car to France but my husband said, “No way!” He doesn’t like city driving, but I don’t mind it. Whenever we drive into London, I’m behind the wheel. He still won’t let me drive into Europe though!!!

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    1. annamagique Post author

      Hello, Tess. I am glad you enjoyed this. I felt the same way about driving in Europe and wouldn’t do. I flew everywhere. Having now taken the plunge I absolutely love it. It is like learning to drive all over again.
      The ferry to Holland is so relaxing too. I recommend Holland as a good place to try as the roads are extremely good quality, marked out very clearly and not too busy.

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