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Attention Shutterbugs: Pictures You Have to Take Abroad

A single photograph can bring you back to a special moment and it’s something you will have forever.

By: Vicky Saperstein, Marist College

I love photography and how a picture is essentially a memory. A single photograph can bring you back to a special moment and it’s something you will have forever. I made an effort to enjoy my time abroad but also document it so I can look back on my experiences. From one shutterbug to another, here are some touristy but fun pictures you have to take when you travel:

Classic English Telephone booth, London

How can you go to London and not take this picture? There are a tons all over but the one across the street from Big Ben gives you the best overall picture!

classic london phone booth

Abbey Road, London

The Beatles are awesome so make sure to stop by Abbey Road to snap a picture crossing the street! Be warned: people will honk at you so my advice is to get there in the morning.

Royal Guard, London

Nothing is more fun than trying to crack a smile on an English guard! Or any guard for that matter. They have guards in Prague so I couldn’t resist snapping a picture with him as well!

Royal Guard

Ice Bar, London

Ice bars are in most major cities so if you didn’t take a picture, did it even happen? Show your friends and family that you lived it up Eskimo style, plus the robes you get are pretty funny to pose in!

ice bar

I’m holding up the world.

I Am Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Blizzard or not (yes there was a blizzard), my friends and I made an effort to take a picture standing in front of the I Am Amsterdam sign! I posed by the “S” because of my last name!

s i am amsterdam

Blizzard in Amsterdam?

Beer Picture, anywhere

The legal age to drink abroad is 18 so show off that you can legally drink by posing with your beer at a brewery! I went on the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam and it was such a cool experience. In addition, I took tons of pictures with my Guinness’s in Ireland! How could I not?

There's nothing better than Guinness in Ireland

There’s nothing better than Guinness in Ireland

 Eiffel Tower, Paris

A photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower? Yes please! When I was in Paris, I was in awe and couldn’t stop taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Grab your friends and have a mini-photo-shoot!

As Audrey Hepburn says...

As Audrey Hepburn says…


The Lourve, Paris

Da Vinci code style.

Oh Hello there Paris!

Oh Hello there Paris!

Mona Lisa Selfie, Paris

Gotta love selfies by the famous Mona Lisa! Who knew she was so small?

mona lisa

Mona Lisa. In person.

Lock Bridge, Paris

No trip to Paris is complete without a picture by the lock bridge!

lock bridge

Lock Bridge in the beautiful Paris!

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa

It was raining when I went to Pisa and my picture was somewhat of a fail but when done right, this picture will look so cool! Pretend you’re pinching or pushing up the tower and just have fun with it!


At least I tried!

Trevi Fountain, Rome

No trip to Rome is complete without  a picture in front of the Trevi Fountain, where you throw in a euro coin and make your wish!

Making a wish

I made my wish at the Trevi Fountain

 The Colosseum, Rome

When I came out of the Metro in Rome, my jaw dropped when I saw the colosseum. I knew that I needed to buy a ticket to take a look inside!

Hanging out in Rome

Hanging out in Rome

 Duomo/Piazzale Michelangelo,Florence

The Piazzale Michelangelo gives amazing panoramic views of the city of Florence!


What an amazing view.

Hop on a Vespa, anywhere in Italy

Vespas are everywhere in Italy so pretend you’re a local and hop on one to pose for a picture. Just be careful the owner doesn’t show up!

Riding around in Florence

Riding around in Florence

 John Lennon Wall, Prague

Feeling artsy? The John Lennon Wall in Prague is filled with awesome sayings, artwork and people’s names with different colors and sizes! It reminded me how small the world really is because I found my sorority on the wall. Not only should you make your mark on the wall but read the phrases written and enjoy your time there. Vandalizing has never been so much fun and don’t forget to snap a picture!

John Lennon Wall in Prague

Feeling Artsy


 Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Beware of the wind chill but this spot is a perfect place to have a photo shoot since it’s absolutely breathtaking!

It was so windy!

It was so windy!


 Kissing the Blarney Stone, Ireland

If you get the chance to visit Ireland, gain the gift of eloquence or gab by kissing the Blarney stone! After climbing to the top of the castle, you lean backwards, holding the railing and kiss it. Don’t worry, it’s safe!

I now have the gift of eloquence.

I now have the gift of eloquence.

Molly Malone Statue, Dublin

The song “Molly Malone” is a popular song that is considered the unofficial anthem of the city of Dublin! Why not snap a picture with her?

Molly Malone herself!

Molly Malone herself!

One thing to keep in mind is safety. Everyone will know you are visiting so make sure to stick with a group and keep your belongings safe by staying aware.

Have fun and don’t forget to capture these classic study abroad pics! Trust me, it gets to the point where you have so many pictures; you don’t even know what to do. Hello to the endless amount of profile picture options!  Happy snapping these “sorry not sorry” cheesy pictures and enjoy your moments of popularity on social media sites. Your Instagram never looked so cool.

Vicky Saperstein

Marist College | 12 stories

Vicky Saperstein is a senior at Marist College. Her favorite things include her dogs, the New York Yankees, photography and her friends. She is a communications major with a concentration in advertising and a photography minor. She is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Last semester, she studied abroad in London, England and fell in love with it! Her dream is to travel the world with her camera.

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