I’ve done a lot of review posts this year and you might hate me for it already. Fair enough. But I love reading reviews and I also love writing them. The idea of the year ending makes me nostalgic. I like reminiscing. And honestly, I’m one of those 21st century people with the attention span of a Buzzfeed list — I mean, what offers more entertainment than a list of photos with witty headlines? Especially during the holidays when there’s not much time to spend hours reading online in-between all the family dinners?
I’m won’t go all “27 Inappropriate Outfits I Wore in 2013” on you (after all, this is not Buzzfeed — although you’d probably like that, would you?). Instead, I wanted to share my best Instagrams of this year. I began 2013 with a dinosaur of a phone, but after spending months stalking people’s Instagram photos on my computer I gave in to a 21st century phone in March of 2013. Since then, I’ve become a big fan of mobile photography and one of those annoying Instagram junkies who can’t drink a coffee without taking a picture of it.
In this 2013 review, I give you the best Instagrams of all trips I took this year — plus some glimpses into my German life as those photos were also quite popular with my Instagram followers too. These are my favorite Instagram photos from 2013:
Medieval Nuremberg in early April — when Germany was still gray and gloomy
Skeleton trees and half-timbered houses in Nuremberg in April
When spring finally arrived in Germany
First real getaway of 2013: Beautiful Strasbourg, in France’s Alsace region
Exploring gorgeous architecture in Colmar, France, in April
24-hour road trip to the beautiful Swiss city of Basel in May
A two-hour stop in Mulhouse, France, on the way back from Switzerland to drink beer(s) —
I love the reflection of the surrounding architecture in my beer glass!
Finding maritime beauty in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Rooftop drinks in Rotterdam — one of my favorite shots from 2013
Utrecht, Holland, from above on a very rainy May day
Utrecht’s famous church tower, sadly, on the only day with blue skies
Standing in front of beautiful flowers in Paris in June — with a baguette under my arm,
pretending to be a Parisian
My most liked photo on Instagram in 2013: Notre-Dame in Paris on a perfect day in June
I handed my phone over to Edna to take a quick shot of the Eiffel Tower and me, and I was stunned how perfect this capture of my time in Paris turned out: The light, the summer breeze, my utter happiness to be in Paris — just perfect!
Nothing compares to a June sunset in Paris. Nothing.
Summer beers in Bavaria
A little 20-minute hop over to Czech Republic, just because.
Finding immensely cool architecture in Frankfurt in June
The money shot of Bruges, Belgium, in July
Best Belgian summer treat: Fries, fries, fries!
Surreal, beautiful Bruges!
Hot summer days in rural Germany
German student city life in July
Spending the hottest July weekend ever in Berlin
SO hot I had to jump into this fountain in front of the Berliner Dom!
Falling in love with the Italy-inspired architecture in Potsdam, close to Berlin
Sipping coffee on a warm September day in Frankfurt’s prettiest square
Discovering my love for Dublin and Ireland in October
Malahide Castle in Ireland on a perfect fall day
The gorgeous St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin
Colorful ivy spotted in Göttingen, Germany, during apartment hunting in my new home town
Fall days in rural Germany
Fall came really close to becoming my favorite season this year
An early morning in Göttingen in October
From fall to winter: Waiting at Kassel’s main train station on a freezing, foggy
morning in November
Cold, wet early winter days in Göttingen full of puddles, umbrellas, and reflections
Half-timbered houses and Christmas decorations in Göttingen in December
Which one is your favorite Instagram photo highlight of 2013?