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29 May 2012

The Splendor of the Seaside Village of Marken in The Netherlands

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Continuing my intrepid exploration through The Netherlands with Viking River Cruises, our journey takes us to the charming coastal town of Marken nestled on the shores of the Markermeer—one of three destinations on our Volendam, Edam and Marken afternoon excursion. After we spent the first part of the afternoon in delicious Edam, we arrived in this picturesque fishing village rich in Dutch traditions dating back hundreds of years. The quaint architecture of the houses, shops and cafes, perfectly preserves its time-honored past and for me, it was love at first sight the moment we arrived in the parking area and began our tour through the idyllic countryside that would eventually give way to the sea. Home to approximately 2,000 residents, Marken is little more than one square mile of land connected to the mainland by the Zeedijk—a causeway constructed in 1957 to the mainland— and very easy to navigate in just a few hours. Join me on this tour through the enchanting village of Marken, The Netherlands.

24 May 2012

Strolling Through the Village of Edam in The Netherlands

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Quaint and charming don't begin to describe the scenic Dutch countryside in the little village of Edam in The Netherlands. Cobbled streets, storied architecture and picturesque canals spanned by centuries-old drawbridges, can be found throughout Edam—every scene a picture-perfect postcard! Oh, and let's not forget its world-renowned and mighty tasty Edam cheese! Upon arriving in nearby Volendam aboard the Viking River Cruises longship, Viking Odin, we were whisked off to 13th-century Edam which is located only a few miles from Volendam and just 13 miles or 22 km outside the bustling city of Amsterdam. Edam / Volendam are an easy 30-minute jaunt that you must make time for if you're planning to visit The Netherlands. Join me on this escorted trip through Edam and I promise to return to Volendam in an upcoming post.

06 May 2012

ArtOdysseys: A Study of the Apollo Belvedere at the Vatican Museum in Rome

The Apollo Belvedere stands after 2,000 years in the Octagonal Court at the Vatican Museum in Rome.  All content is the copyrighted property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited. 

Welcome to ArtOdysseys! Each month, I share my discoveries in art while traveling around the world in hopes of igniting your curiosity so that you too, can connect with art and cultures along your journeys. Each month, I focus on one study and this month it’s “sculpture.” Throughout my travels, I have encountered numerous masterpieces, many of which I have fallen in love since my days of art history in college. While I’ve written about some of them on EuroTravelogue including Michelangelo’s “David,” the “Laocoön,” Bernini—among others—I turn back to Rome, Italy, once again for a new study of the Apollo Belvedere statue housed in the Vatican Museum. For me, I have grown to love to this statue because as soon as I saw it, I was reminded instantly of the “David.” Let’s take a closer look at the Apollo Belvedere.

03 May 2012

Whimsical Windmills of Kinderdijk in the Netherlands-UNESCO Site

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When you think of Holland or the Netherlands, what is the first picture that pops into your mind? Windmills of course or in Dutch, it's 'molens.' While I agree that tulips and wooden shoes are high on that list as well, it’s these Dutch icons that come to mind especially after my visit to Kinderdijk (pronounced kinder-dike), a small village located between the Lek and Noord Rivers in the Netherlands—approximately 16 km. from Rotterdam. Punctuated by 19 of these fanciful structures, Kinderdijk was one of my last excursions aboard the inaugural celebration onboard the “Viking Odin” with Viking River Cruises; and the most memorable. Friday morning greeted us with a glorious sunrise with windmills barely visible through a misty horizon—truly one of the most picturesque scenes of my journey. Join me on this tour of Kinderdijk—a brief history, a canal tour and wrapping up with an interior tour of these magnificent structures from the ground up!