11 April 2016

Enchanting Rüdesheim along the River Rhine in Germany

Willkommen to Rüdesheim, one of many storybook villages along the legendary Rhine River in Germany. All photography, unless noted, is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Willkommen to Rüdesheim, one of many storybook villages along the legendary Rhine River in Germany. All photography, unless noted, is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

From Amsterdam to Basel, the shores of the River Rhine are lined with some of the most enchanting places I have ever visited and as our Viking Longship Viking Mani plied the currents, each bend in the river ahead revealed a new storybook village beckoning for exploration; a continuation of my search for winsome villages absurdly picturesque and charming. When it comes to fairy-tale villages, Germany certainly exceeded my expectations, each one more delightful than the last! Here are a few highlights of one such place from my recent Rhine Getaway voyage with Viking River Cruises. Anchors aweigh, the storybook unfolds. Pages teeming with life!

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05 April 2016

Viking Sea sails to Greenwich, England, for Christening

The Viking Sea sets sail on her maiden voyage. Photo: © Edelman and Viking Cruises. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
The Viking Sea sets sail on her maiden voyage. Photo: © Edelman and Viking Cruises. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

The Viking legacy continues this year with the maiden voyage of Viking Ocean Cruises' second ship, the Viking Sea, right on the heels of the recent Viking Longships christening in Amsterdam last month. The maiden voyage of the line's second ocean-going vessel sailed in early April 2016 from Istanbul to Venice and then continued through the Mediterranean, around the Iberian Peninsula and eventually to London's Thames where she'll be christened in Greenwich on May 5. Following the christening, the ship will spend her maiden season sailing itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic, as well as the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.

15 March 2016

Voyage on the North Sea with Hurtigruten

Voyage like a Viking with Hurtigruten! The  Nordlys sails along the Hjørundfjorden near Ålesund, Norway. © Furmanek, Visitnorwaycom and Hurtigruten USA. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Voyage like a Viking with Hurtigruten! The Nordlys sails along the Hjørundfjorden near Ålesund, Norway. © Furmanek, Visitnorway.com and Hurtigruten USA. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

The allure of maritime exploration beckons to us all at one time or another with the promise of a seafaring voyage to lands afar, perhaps the same charted courses followed by the Vikings and other legendary explorers from the past. I have long dreamed of sailing upon the cresting waves of the North Sea along a rugged Norwegian coast; a majestic setting where spectacular fjords carve their way between the mountains and the only sounds breaking this idyllic silence is the crashing of the waves, thundering waterfalls heard on high, and perhaps a cacophony of seagulls flying alongside my vessel. This is the stuff of dreams, the voyage of a lifetime.

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 ClassicNorway.com. 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.

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.

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.