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14 March 2017

Viking River Cruises Christens two award-winning Viking Longships

Where the legendary Rhine meets the Moselle in Koblenz, Germany, Viking River Cruises christened two Viking Longships last week, the Viking Hild and the Viking Herja. Photo: © Viking Cruises. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Where the legendary Rhine meets the Moselle in Koblenz, Germany, Viking River Cruises christened two Viking Longships last week, the Viking Hild and the Viking Herja. Photo: © Viking Cruises. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

It's hard to believe it's been five years since Viking River Cruises first debuted their innovative, next generation Viking Longships in 2012 and since then, the company has launched 50 of these river-going vessels, and set two world records in 2013 and 2014! Today, the company sails more than 60 Viking river ships along the waterways of the world from Europe to Asia to Africa; and since my first river cruise in 2012, it has become my preferred, not to mention convenient method of traveling through the heart of Europe!

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08 October 2016

Avalon Waterways river cruise from Paris to Normandy

Avalon Waterways' 'Tapestry II' Suite Ship river cruise vessel. This photo is the property of Avalon Waterways. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Avalon Waterways' Tapestry II "Suite Ship" river cruise vessel. Photo: © Avalon Waterways. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

The spotlight shines on river cruising, my personal favorite way to see the sights of Europe. Among my favorites is Avalon Waterways' "Paris to Normandy" river cruise. Won't you come along?

01 October 2016

October is Plan a Cruise Month and your #CruiseSmile just may launch your next vacation

Flash your #CruiseSmile and you just may find yourself embarking on a cruise of your choice! All you need to do is SMILE!
Flash your #CruiseSmile and you just may find yourself embarking on a cruise of your choice! All you need to do is SMILE!

Can your smile launch a thousand ships? I bet it can! What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word cruise? Do you think of a luxury cruise to the Far East? How about a slower, more intimate river-cruise [my fave] from Normandy to the City of Light? Perhaps your mind sails south to a Caribbean sunset as you sip a glass of wine while the waves gently lap the shore. Wherever your dreams transport you, I can most assuredly say with the utmost confidence that you smiled and are probably still smiling as your dream of setting sail into new horizons!

25 September 2016

Cottage by the sea—the rorbuer fishermen's cabins of Norway

Welcome to your cottage by the sea—Norway's charming rorbuer or fishermen's cabins. All photography unless noted is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Welcome to your cottage by the sea—Norway's charming rorbuer or fishermen's cabins. All photography unless noted is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Picturesque and cozy with over-the-top rustic charm doesn't begin to describe these winsome retreats that became my home while exploring the Lofoten Islands above the Arctic Circle in Norway. Nestled amid the most idyllic settings imaginable and steeped in Norway's cod industry, Rorbu cabins (plural rorbuer), more commonly known to travelers as fishermen's cabins, are those pretty little red cottages that cling to the shores throughout the Lofoten Islands. Throughout the centuries, they have provided accommodations for fishermen and tourists alike and although they have come a long way since the days when they provided shelter for the rugged men of the sea, they retain all the character and charm of their predecessors albeit with modern-day conveniences. Primarily concentrated in the Lofotens, they are sprouting up throughout Norway because of the appeal of their unique architecture and cozy habitation surrounded by the solitude of the sea.

10 September 2016

Exploring Italy's Veneto region

View along Sirmione in Lake Garda, Italy. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
View along Sirmione in Lake Garda, Italy. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Soaring Alpine peaks sink into the northern shores of glistening Lake Garda, echoes of passion resound as Romeo proclaims his love to Juliet, the homemade tortellini makes my mouth water—benvenuti a Veneto where you'll discover the delicious flavors of bella Italia. I didn't think it was possible to love Italy any more than I do, but after visiting the Veneto region just west of Venice, I fell passionately in love.

10 July 2016

Beyond the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway

And God said 'Let there be light.' And so it was at 1,400 feet above sea level from the mountain ledge of Storsteinen overlooking Tromsø Sound. Adventure beyond the Arctic Circle begins here! All photography unless noted is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
And God said "Let there be light."
And so it was at 1,400 feet above sea level from the mountain ledge of Storsteinen overlooking Tromsø Sound. Adventure beyond the Arctic Circle begins here!
All photography unless noted is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Friluftsliv (free-loofts-leave), the Norwegian word for being outdoors and experiencing nature, and as often as possible; is a philosophy embraced by Norwegians and an essential way of life in this Scandinavian country. Recently, a colleague reminded me of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." Combined, these philosophies embody the richness, the diversity, the adventure—all that is Northern Norway.