Elaine O'Keeffe Photography

25 Days celebrating in Europe

To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband and I went on a trip of a lifetime to Belgium, France and Italy. Let me take you on a photo journey through the eight destinations that we visited. Each destination tells its own story though a variety of photos. I hope to inspire some of you […]



Our trip began in Brussels, Belgium in August. We arrived in the morning, then caught a train to downtown Brussels near our hotel. The first day we wandered toward Grand Place  exploring that area.  Our second day, we had booked a “Free” walking tour with Sandleman tours, which was a very good experience. Our guide was entertaining and […]


We travelled by train to Ghent, which was one of my favorite place on our trip. My cousins Monique and Annick were the most wonderful tour guides. We stayed in a hotel next to the canels. The old city center is only accessible by public transit, taxis and pedestrian traffic, this helps to preserve the […]


Our final destination in Belgium was Brugge, a quaint city with old stone buildings, cobble stone streets and canals. We went on a photo tour with Andy McSweeney who showed us many spectacular views and hidden gems of the city. One morning, I decided to wander intending to walk in a square, but the streets are […]


We took the train to Paris, this was our best train trip!  While in Paris, we stayed in the Latin Quarter, taking the subway to most of our destinations. We used the hop-on, hop-off bus to become familiar with some of the sites. The first evening we went to see the Eiffel tower up close, taking […]



Manarola, one of the five villages in Cinque Terre was our favorite destination for this trip. During our stay in this quaint fishing village, we walked up and down many steep inclines, taking in the view and exploring the sites along the way. We had many lovely meals and glasses of wine overlooking the harbour.  I […]

Cinque Terre

One day we took the ferry from Manarola to explore the other villages in Cinque Terre.  You can travel to the other villages on foot, by ferry or train. We began at Riomaggiore, then explored Monterosso and Vernazza. Corniglia was not accessible by ferry. The next time I visit this area, I would like to try hiking some […]


We arrived in Florence by train and stayed in a lovely 4th floor condo nearby. We toured Florence using the hop on, hop off bus as it seemed the easiest way to see majority of the sites. The view from Piazzale Michelangelo is impressive. We were fortunate to see it during the day and again […]


Our final destination was Rome. We used the hop on, hop off busses as our transportation, as it took us to all the places that we wanted to see. We discovered many beautiful churches, each unique and beautiful. We went on a tour of the Vatican museum and saw St Peter’s Basilica. Our final day […]