Weekly Photo Challenge: Off Season

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Travelling in Europe in the Off season gives you a different perspective. We travelled in the early spring before the summer holidays. The towns whose multiple car parks alert us that this is a tourist town are deserted of both people and cars. Not only can we park in the closest car park to the town, often we can park in the town.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Camping off-season gave us a whole set of different problems in Europe. Prior to the summer holidays when it becomes open slather for tourists the camping site proprietors often close down their camp grounds and take their own holidays. Luckily this only necessitated staying in one hotel and far from giving us a luxurious night, sleeping in a bed, we longed for our little self-erecting tent.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Being country dwellers in Australia we appreciated our sole occupancy of many of these tourist routes. Had we come in the summer I doubt that we would have seen as many of the towns that we did. We avoided the cities by following our compass, following exits that took us in the direction we were heading for. We had no particular destinations in mind.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Many of the camping grounds we stayed at were like five-star resorts with pools surrounded by lounge chairs. In summer I imagine these would have been filled with happy campers and  the sound of children playing would fill the air.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

And the Ardeche would be filled with canoes and those enjoying themselves in the river.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

And again this terraced camp site would have been dotted with tents.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

and people

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

and even more people

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

and tents and camper vans.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Picnic tables would also have been filled.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

For the locals though, off season meant that their sailing craft remained furled and anchored on the shores of Lake Geneva rather than having their sails filled with the wind sending them flying around the lake as they would in the summer months.

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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18 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Off Season

  1. macmsue says:

    Great time to take your holiday, I think. Really enjoyed your photos of the “Off season”.

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  2. I Love all that room to relax and enjoy!

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  3. I don’t travel much so am grateful for my vicarious trek through Europe, and all the other places you visit, via your photos and captions. Thank you, Irene.

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  4. Norah says:

    What a beautiful set of photographs. Of course the advantage is that you don’t have to jostle with others for space, but you don’t have the company of others or the hubbub of the high tourist season either. As long as the weather, which often determines high and low season, stays okay, you’ll probably be all right. 🙂

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  5. I much prefer travelling out of season, this looks blissful, ideal for explorers!

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  6. Sartenada says:

    Awesome photos. From where?

    Like

  7. Charli Mills says:

    There’s such a different vibe off-season. Great shots!

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