Courtesy of Lisa Werner
Andrea Romano
July 24, 2017

When photographer Lisa Werner was planning for a trip to visit relatives in Europe, making stops in France and Germany, she decided to make her plans even more special.

Looking through her old photos from when she took a language course in Europe from 1986 to 1987, she decided to start a personal project to recreate all her old photos in the same locations.

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“I felt like I was on a fun Easter egg hunt across Europe. I had no trouble finding the exact spots,” Werner told HuffPost.

Werner traveled around places like Strasbourg, France and Heidelberg, Germany, making near-perfect recreations. Each photo is a testament to how these locations have changed (and stayed remarkably the same) over time.

Courtesy of Lisa Werner

Courtesy of Lisa Werner

Courtesy of Lisa Werner

Courtesy of Lisa Werner

In some cases, Werner even recruited bystanders to help her recreate poses in the photos, like in one picture of her leaning on a German bridge.

Courtesy of Lisa Werner

Werner shared some memories of each of these photos on her blog. She also wants to visit these places again in another 30 years.

Sometimes the best way to visit the past is to step directly into it.

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