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22 July 2012

Capturing the Colors of Europe from Amsterdam to Venice

Thanks to my fellow travel writers: Marlys and Michael from Easyhiker.co.uk, Matt from Landlopers.com and Heather from TravellersPlayground.com—among others, I was nominated to participate in a photo contest in which travel bloggers submitted up to five photos expressing their interpretation of Green, Yellow, Blue, Red and Green. Here my EuroFav selects.

Through my post of many colors, we'll travel from Volendam, The Netherlands, in the north thanks to my Viking River Cruise experience; then to Amsterdam for the Christening Ceremony of the new Viking River Cruses' longships; to The Hague—home to "Girl with Pearl Earring;" to the sublime Loire Valley in France; and finally to the seductive and timeless city of Venice, Italy. I hope you enjoy your tour through the Colors of Europe.

Yellow


A tasty stop at a tiny cheese shop in Volendam, The Netherlands. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Not only does this picture capture the vibrant yellows of the various cheeses in this tiny shop in Volendam, you can practically taste the creamy yellow flavors of the many varieties sold here.

Red


Thousands of red and white balloons festooned each of the Viking River Cruises' longships at the Port of Amsterdam on Christening Day. 

To celebrate the Christening of four brand new Viking River Cruises longships in Amsterdam, each of the Viking ships in port, including mine, "Viking Odin," were festooned with hundreds if not thousands of brilliant red and white balloons encircling the "Sun Decks" on all of four ships. Certainly this day remains one of my most memorable moments abroad!

White


Modern as well as classic Dutch architecture dominates many a Dutch skyline including this scenic view of The Hague.

Dominating the skyline in The Hague as well as cities throughout The Netherlands, the skyscraping architecture often juxtaposes the modern with the classic Dutch styles. I captured this image while touring through The Hague en route to the Mauritshuis Museum, home to one of my favorite portraits in the world, "Girl with Pearl Earring."

Green


A slimy green skin covers this "babbling brook" en route to Chateau de Chenonceau. 

On my very first overseas adventure to Europe, we spent half of our time touring France including a day tour to the magnificent Chateaux of the Loire Valley. My green portrait is from the Chateau de Chenonceau, about three hours south of Paris. We encountered this babbling brook—not, on our way down the wooded lane to Chenonceau. I just couldn't believe how congealed the surface of the water was, even with the little ducks swimming nearby.

Blue


Torre dell’Orologio in Venice, Italy, not only displays the current time, but the dominant zodiac and moon phase as well.

This electric blue clock face of the Torre dell'Orologio or "clock tower" chimes the times away in the Piazza San Marco in Venice! I couldn't get over the striking contrast [pun intended] of the glittering golden astrological symbols with the emblazoned blue clock face. Not only does this stunning and elaborate clock work keep time, it displays the dominant zodiac sign as well as the current phase of the moon.

I hope you enjoyed your tour through the colors of Europe and my interpretations for Capturing the Colors.

As part of my obligation to fulfill the requirements of the contest, I hereby nominate these travel writers, for purely selfish reasons; I have fallen in love with the spectacular images of Europe in so many of their posts.


36 comments:

  1. I particularly like the red and white balloons. Bravo, Jeff. Good luck!

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    1. Hi Marlys and thank you so much for your compliments. I think that and the Venice pic are my faves. Thx for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  2. The cheese one is my favorite. Mmmm, cheeeeeeeeese.

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    1. Thank you so much Erin. You and Laurel Robbins both love this image the most...and let me tell you, it was yummy indeed! Thx so much for stopping by to share your thoughts!!

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  3. Absolutely love these images, esp the cheese one:))))) Good luck in the contest, Jeff, these look like winners to me:P

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    1. Hi there Leslie and thank you so much for your kind words. LOL...Yeah, the cheese seems to be a favorite. And it was most delicious too!! Thx for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  4. The cheese one (as you might have guessed) is my favorite. Thanks to you, I'm still thinking about cheese!

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    1. Hi there my Bavarian BFF!! I hear ya...I think it's one of my fav pics of all time...and it was tasty too! Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts!

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  5. Great pictures, Jeff! Love the green shot. The water is both beautiful and eew :)

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    1. Hi there Debbie! Yes, it is green, isn't it? Doesn't it make you want to jump right in? Eww...LOL ; ) Thx so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  6. Your interpretation of green is really interesting. That's a crazy river!

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    1. Hi there Natalie and thank you so much for stopping by to share your comments. Agreed about green - that was just so surreal..had to snap a shot!

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  7. I especially like your photo of the cheese!

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    1. Hi there Christine!! Thx so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I think the cheesy picture takes 1st place in this post...seems to be a favorite of many!

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  8. Great photos Jeff! My favorite one is the green with the brook near the Chateau. Of course any photos from Europe are awesome! :)

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    1. Hi there Jeremy and thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by! You know, every inch of the chateau's grounds was magnificent even this stagnant stream..but the colors couldn't be ignored. Just had to snap the pic! Thx again.

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  9. Terrific selections, Jeff. I'm really intrigued by that green brook and your "yellow" cheeses look so delicious! Good luck in the competition.

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    1. Hi there Cathy...and thanks so much for your kind words! The green slime almost looks other-worldly. It fascinated me so much I just had to snap the pic. And the cheese in Volendam was creamy and savory! Such a nice family owns the shop and they invited us in for a taste of a few varieties. Loved meeting my new friends and tasting their most delicious wares.

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  10. Wow, Jeff, these are all great and I love that each one shows something about the place. It would be hard to choose a favorite but it would probably be white. Good luck!

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    1. Hi there Jenna and thank you so much for your kind words!! Really appreciate it! I just love capturing the essence of all the places I am fortunate to visit. And you're the first person to comment on WHITE. I love that one too. Thx for sharing your thoughts!

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  11. Thanks for nominating us, Jeff!

    We especially like your yellow photo of the Volendam cheeses!

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    1. Hi Jennifer!

      You know, that cheesy pic seems to be the favorite so far...and boy, was it tasty too! Thx so much for stopping by to share your comments. Really appreciate it.

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  12. Really beautiful photos! Love the picture of the Hague and the green brook, as well as the cheese.

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    1. Hi there Charu and thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind compliments. They go a long way with me! I too loved the Hague skyline...actually, the Netherlands has a lot of extraordinary buildings...so unlike anything here in the US. I loved it all!

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  13. Awesome post and gorgeous photos Jeff!

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    1. Hi Lorenzo and thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words my friend.

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  14. I LOVE the yellow one! Although, it made me very hungry for cheese. :)

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    1. Hi Gina...Yeah...I think cheese seems to the be fave. And, I can tell you, I ate my way around that shop. The owners were so kind to let us sample new and aged cheeses...bellissimo!! Thx so much for stopping by to share your thoughts and for your wonderful compliments!

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    1. Ciao Lisa!! Mille grazie for stopping by and for your kind words!

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  16. These are all gorgeous shots but I especially like the red & white balloons along the Viking River Cruise ships.

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    1. Hi there Sam! Thx so much for your kind words and compliments. The red and white balloons were from Viking's Christening ceremony for four new longships back in March! Had a fantastic time! Thx again my friend!

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  17. I miss Volendam! Love the white and red balloons as well.

    DJ

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    1. Thx so much DJ for stopping by and for your kind words! I too am particularly fond of those balloons...great memories!

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  18. I've been amazed by those slimy green canals in Holland, Belgium, and France too - the ducks seems to love them though! They can just swim around with their mouths open!

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    1. Happy New Year Sonja and thank you so much for stopping by! Funny ducks aren't they but what sublime surrounding to live in!

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