Cox first visited the continent in 1826. He travelled from Dover to Calais and then on to Dunkerque, Bruges and Brussels. From Brussels he continued on an extended tour of Flemish and Dutch cities. In 1829 Cox and his son travelled again from Dover to Calais, where they stayed for about a week, meeting Francois Louis Thomas Francia. From there they took the diligence to Amiens, then on to Beauvais and Paris, where they remained for about six weeks. Cox’s final visit to the continent was a week on the French Coast which occurred in 1832.