09 February 2016

Expedition Lofoten Islands, Norway

Capture the splendor of the Lofoten Islands in Norway! Aerial view of Reine, Norway. All photography in this post is the property of Classic Norway. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Capture the splendor of the Lofoten Islands in Norway! Aerial view of Reine, Norway. All photography in this post is the property of Classic Norway. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Far above the Arctic Circle and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and most photographed regions in Norway, the Lofoten Islands are ridiculously picturesque with majestic fjords cutting deep into rugged peaks scraping the skies above; and along the shores, tiny fishing villages chock-full of charming rorbuer, one-time wooden-cabin homes to thousands of migrant fishermen who made their living upon these waters for centuries. Visit in the summer and you'll revel in the land of the midnight sun, and from September to mid-April, chase the ever-elusive Northern Lights as they blaze across dark winter skies high above the frozen landscapes laden with snow.

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06 December 2015

Voyage on the castled Rhine

A voyage to the past and present on the Rhine River in Germany. This view of the River and the village of Spay on the opposite bank was taken from Marksburg Castle. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
A voyage to the past and present on the Rhine River in Germany. This view of the River and the village of Spay on the opposite bank was taken from Marksburg Castle. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited. Click on image to see FULL SIZE!

Old Vater Rhein (Father Rhine) is how Germans know their beloved river but now he's an acquaintance of mine as well, ever since my Rhine Getaway voyage with Viking River Cruises on board our Viking Longship, "Viking Mani." We sailed through four countries, from Amsterdam to Basel, and in between, visited iconic cities, medieval cathedrals, fairy-tale villages; and charted a course back in time; to when princely bishops and robber barons, ruled from on high the banks of the River Rhine. This is a story about the latter, that intrepid voyage on the Romantic Rhine, a stretch of the venerable river between Koblenz and Rüdesheim that has captivated the imaginations of artists, writers, composers and poets, and travelers alike with its castle-studded hills, storybook hamlets, climbing vineyards and forested slopes—a visual romance of which I had never seen the likes ... until now.

03 November 2015

A day filled with the sights and sounds of music in Salzburg, Austria

Welcome to the Sound of Music Tour in Salzburgerland, Austria. All photography unless otherwise noted, is the property of EuroTravelogue.com™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Welcome to the Sound of Music Tour in Salzburgerland, Austria. All photography unless otherwise noted, is the property of EuroTravelogue.com™. Unauthorized use in all instances is prohibited.

It was an early start as we boarded the bus and embarked on our Sound of Music tour that would take us to all the sights made famous by the film. We started in Salzburg city centre and then set out to Salzburgerland for a wondrous journey through the splendid Alpine region surrounding the city of Mozart, festivals and of course, "The Sound of Music." Our guide for the day, Michaela, introduced herself and her very special guest too—Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the renowned Maria and Baron Georg von Trapp. After Elisabeth greeted all of us, she began to gently strum the notes of "Edelweiss." The din of the bus fell silent as her sweet voice filled the air with the beloved Austrian ballad. From that moment, I knew this day was going to be filled with sights and song as we set out on our pilgrimage of sorts to relive the legendary story of "The Sound of Music." But we're not the only ones.

09 July 2015

Exploring the Rock of Gibraltar from the inside out with Viking Cruises

Welcome to a special tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of my ports of call aboard the new Viking Star from Viking Cruises.. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Welcome to a special tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, one of my ports of call aboard the new Viking Star from Viking Cruises. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

I leaped out of bed in the early-morning hours and rushed out to the veranda to see if I could see them—the legendary Pillars of Hercules and our next stop, the Rock of Gibraltar. "Avast" I shouted, "there she is"—a limestone monolith rising boldly from the Mediterranean on our right and her sister in Morocco to the left, nearly 10 miles across the Strait of Gibraltar. For years, I have wanted to visit Gibraltar and thanks to a preview voyage from Barcelona to Lisbon aboard Viking Ocean Cruises' "Viking Star," my dream was soon to become reality.

30 June 2015

Legends of the Rhine come to life in Germany

This stunning view of Bacharach is just one of the many spectacular vistas you'll revel in on your Rhine River Cruise. Photo: © German National Tourist Office. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
This stunning view of Bacharach is just one of the many spectacular vistas you'll revel in on your Rhine River Cruise. Photo: © German National Tourist Office. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Throughout history, the allure of the Rhine Valley in Germany has captured the imaginations of poets, composers, writers, painters alike—Lord Byron, Turner and Wagner—among others whom have left their imprints upon the cultural fabric of the valley as they traveled through this land resplendent in visual romance and steeped in legend and lore. I have long wanted to visit the majestic Rhine River valley lined with spectacular castles, terraced vineyards and storybook villages punctuated by bell towers and church spires. Well, the wait is over and this September, I set sail with Viking River Cruises on the Rhine Getaway voyage from Amsterdam to Basel; through four countries our intrepid Viking Longship will ply the currents of this 766-mile-long river that flows from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea. As much as this will be a journey in the present, it will be a voyage to the past as I connect with the cultures and discover the rich heritage of this storied valley and its inhabitants therein. Perhaps I too shall be inspired like those who have come before.

08 June 2015

Discovering Azamara Club Cruises in 2016

Azamara Quest, one of the two Azamara Club Cruises' ships that will undergo significant upgrades in early 2016. All photography unless noted is the property of © Azamara Club Cruises. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Azamara Quest, one of the two Azamara Club Cruises' ships that will undergo significant upgrades in early 2016. All photography unless noted is the property of © Azamara Club Cruises. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Last week, Azamara Club Cruises announced major upgrades to both of its ships: Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey for the 2016 season and the timing couldn't be more perfect because I'll be sailing with them in spring of next year!