Photos from a Rainy Day

By Abi King | Europe

Dec 18

Rain in GhentStill damp from wandering through the wetlands of Europe, I bring you these travel photos so  you can share in my squelchiness appreciate their beauty. From a photography point of view, of course, shooting in the rain should conjure up heartfelt joy at the chance to play around with different forms of light and to revel in the way that the scenery, both geographical and social, changes as the subjects adapt to their environments. In other words, how people put up umbrellas, walk faster, grimace more and try not to stare at the lunatic in the street who’s just standing there and taking photos. The fool.

This lunatic, however, despite an upbringing in one of the soggiest places on the globe, isn’t quite convinced about the wonderfulness of rain. On a biological, circle of life thing, sure. On a keeping gardens green and lush, well if you must. And on a feeling rain-soaked denim cling to your thighs like a hungry leech to a pustulent wound…well, I rather lose enthusiasm.

Anyway, somewhere between the squelchy feet and droplet-splattered lens I managed to find a few photos to fall in love with. Europe. You may be wet and wild in winter. But you’re still rather something…

Verona in the rain travel photo


PS – Wondering where the wetlands of Europe are? They’re everywhere! Everywhere that isn’t cold enough to turn it into snazzily sexy snow, that is. But if you’re into the details of where I hung my hat to dry, here’s the list: Paris, Ghent, Bruges, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Lyon, Basel (snow! bliss!), Munich, Salzburg, Verona and Milan. Rain in each and every one. Photos taken in each and every one. But sadly, some cities wet just seemed to look like a bit of a damp squib. I don’t want to embarrass them here, so I’ll save their reputations by showing you their photos later, during a drier, more decent occasion.

Disclosure: this waterlogged wonder came as I worked on my EuHighLow project as part of an InterRail Assignment.


What do you do when it rains? Stand there snapping or run for cover?!


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Hogga December 18, 2012

Gorgeous pictures…they could be postcards

    Abi King January 11, 2013

    Thank you (although postcards usually have blue skies…)

Gayla December 19, 2012

Gent is beautiful, rain or shine, and some places are even prettier when they glisten. Now that we live in the Netherlands, we’re learning that life doesn’t stop when it rains, so we keep traveling and growing our collection of umbrellas – we seem to buy a new one when stuck somewhere in the rain :-)
Hope you enjoyed your time in soggy Gent!

    Abi King January 11, 2013

    Yes – I think I was spoilt by southern Spain! Life goes on in the rain or else it doesn’t go on at all in much of Europe. Gent was beautiful – a lovely surprise.

Alvina December 19, 2012

There are some places which just would not be so beautiful if it were not for the rain! My home, Cumbria, being one of them. I have just done a search for ‘rain’ through my blog posts and they are too numerous to count.

As they say ‘up north’ ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing’. –

    Abi King January 11, 2013

    Love that phrase! And yes, it’s hard to imagine Cumbria without the rain. Or Ireland. Or Wales. Or…;-)

Andy Tope December 19, 2012

Nice post.

And I have to agree about some places being not as beautiful without the rain Alvina. I live in Byron Bay, Australia, way down at the other end of the earth, and one of the reasons it’s so beautiful is that it rains here a lot.

I like a balance (who doesn’t?).

Looking forward to visiting the wetlands of Europe soon.

Here’s to getting your thighs saturated.

    Abi King January 11, 2013

    Are you busting the myth that it isn’t always sunny in Australia?!! That’s like pointing out it sometimes rains in Spain. People will never believe you!

Sofie December 20, 2012

Love the first picture! Is that Ghent?
It’s raining here (Belgium) at the moment, by the way…

    Abi King January 11, 2013

    Yep, that’s a tourist hotspot in Ghent. The elements obviously scared all the crowds away so I had the luxury of having it all to myself. Now that a little time has past I’m starting to forget how cold and eye-stingingly wild it was and can just enjoy the picture ;-)

Susan Collier January 5, 2013

Fabulous….what is even more sensational is you were there taking the pix. Thanks for sharing!

    Abi King January 11, 2013

    You’re welcome!

Sean January 9, 2013

Really wonderful pictures! Captures the beauty of a wonderful city. I really love the Way you captured the essence of the moment. the first picture where you can see the raindrops and the empty street is great! I’m always a fan of a walk in the rain, so I hope yours was an enjoyable as it was productive!

    Abi King January 11, 2013

    A little too cold and wild on this occasion…(hence the raindrops on the lens. I’d like to claim artistic credit but really I just couldn’t get a photo withOUT rain drops in the frame.) Just after the rain was stunning though. Glittering as someone pointed out above – and deserted which always feels a bit special. Thanks for your kind words.

Abby January 9, 2013

I suddenly feel like I haven’t seen rain in ages! Looks cozy…

    Abi King January 11, 2013

    I think that is called “gloating”…

Sirish Shrestha January 11, 2013

Nice pictures. This place looks cool.

    Abi King January 14, 2013

    Thanks – they both are ;-)

Hannah July 1, 2013

They are gorgeous! I always love the rain. they make me wanna run outside and dance. But oh my I’m stuck at work! Abi, they’re beautiful pictures :)

    Abi King July 3, 2013

    Brrrrrr! Far, far too cold to run in the rain in Belgium…even in summer ;-) I much prefer being tucked up inside, hearing the rain hammer down on a glass window overhead while I warm up by an open fire with a glass of wine…Ah…

    Thanks for your kind words

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