Emma Hillier Photography Blog » Photographer based in Liverpool, North West, England

Fox & Mole’s big adventure – 10 year anniversary!!

Can’t believe this but TEN years ago I went on the trip of a lifetime with my best friend Vicky, also known as Fox (so yes, that makes me Mole, don’t ask!)

We were both working in a Mexican restaurant at the time and had become firm friends straight away, spending several nights a week sharing bottles of red wine and talking about what we’d done in our lives and what we dreamed of doing in the future. You really get to know someone very well when you pour your heart out over a bottle of Merlot (or four!)

Anyway, we were both desperate to travel. I’d returned to Liverpool from university in Cornwall four years earlier and still hadn’t found my dream photography job. Vic was only 20 at the time and had dropped out of  university, still unsure of what she wanted to do. So, we decided to take a break and go travelling! We saved up all our tips for months and months and started to make plans for the route we would take. We decided to start in Amsterdam then on to Paris where we would celebrate Vic’s 21st! From there we did Nice, Monaco, Cannes, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Athens, then on to the Greek islands, Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and finally Cyprus where our friends Lisa and Roy were getting married! Phew!!

The trip took two months and as you can imagine it was AMAZING!! If we thought we were friends before the trip then we were like sisters when we came back! Not one argument the whole time we were there, just plenty of laughs, even when we were freezing our arses off on a Greek ferry, being eaten alive by mozzies, eating bread and tuna salad AGAIN because our money was running out or sleeping in bug infested hotel rooms!

Victoria “Fox” Collins, I love you to bits, you’re an absolute dickhead but you’re my dickhead!! Thank you for being the best friend a girl could ever wish for, I seriously don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t come into my life, I’d probably still be propping up the bar in the Tavern!

Here are some of the highlights from our trip (not necessarily in order), all images shot on Polaroid, neg film or slide and scanned! We also fancied ourselves as poets and wrote little poems about each place we visited! 🙂

Amsterdam-2We look so YOUNG!!! Those backpacks were a pain, I got mine stuck in the tram door haha! We had amazing arm and leg muscles when we got back though (and yes we were rocking the double denim!!)

_0573Amsterdam canals
_0593Amsterdam bike and Venice artwork which sort of summed up the whole trip!

Venice_0584_0580Venice, what a place but HOT HOT HOT!!

_0586_0585Paris, we did all the touristy stuff!

_0576Nice, sh*thole of a hotel, we even had to share a bed! The view over the road was nice though!

_0587Day trip to Monaco

_0591Vatican City, Rome
_0590The Colosseum, what an amazing place to visit, we tagged along on the guided tour which was awesome!_0575_0574Taken looking down from the Colosseum
_0596Rome which we loved even though our first campsite was awful, Milan on the other hand…
_0583_0579Leaving Italy for GreeceAthens-3Athens, wow!!

_0578_0594_0595Rhodes, our spiritual home, Lindos in particular!
_0581MykonosSantorini_0577

Santorini and Mykonos, I have so many more images but it seems I didn’t scan that many of them at the time (probably because I was so skint after getting 90 million rolls of film developed!)

Untitled-1Our final stop in Cyprus for Lisa & Roy’s wedding!

This trip changed my life. It made me look at the world differently and to appreciate things more. Less than a year later I landed my dream job (at the time!) and bought a house with Vic. We were a happy little family, we even got a dog! We’re still best friends now and even though we don’t see each other every day I know she’s there for me, whenever I need her 🙂

Right, now I need to plan another big adventure, who wants to come with me?!! 🙂

  • Rachel Ryan - Oh I love these, you dickheads! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Neil Redfern - Oh wow!! This post makes me so jealous, you obviously had an amazing time!! What a brilliant experience it must have been 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - WOW, just, WOW! Stunning photos, gorgeous blog post. What a trip!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Darcy - Such a perfect read Emma, I think its really nice to have some personal posts on your blog too. It means we can get to know you a little bit more.
    Plus awesome images – those slides are gorge! My faves are the black and whites on the cobbles! xxReplyCancel

    • Emma - Thank you Toni, it was so nice looking back at the images as I hadn’t looked at them for ages! Think I need to get some more printed, ten years later! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Ben Woods - Great post Emma, love a good travel adventure! Travel is one of my favourite things in the whole wide world 🙂 Loved the Rome Poem too, made me chuckle! And i have to agree with Toni, the b&w images of the cobbles are my favourites!ReplyCancel

    • Emma - Thanks so much Ben! I would love to see more of the world but difficult now I have a business, obviously need more destination weddings! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Katie Fairclough - Wow, what an epic trip?! Just stunning Emma, well done!ReplyCancel

  • Ian - Yes, these are a beautiful set of photos. Yes, the colours look beautiful. Yes, I’m a bit in awe of you doing all this on film. (and love the slides!)
    But the memories attached to each photo are almost tangible. Fantastic stuff.ReplyCancel

    • Emma - Thanks Ian, it was a very special time in my life, not something I’m likely to repeat. Thank goodness for photography hey?! 🙂ReplyCancel

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