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26 August 2012

A Visit to the Dolomites Mountains in Northern Italy

The mountain splendor of the Dolomites in northern Italy. This spectacular view is Canazei atop Col Rodella in Val di Fassa. All photography unless noted is property of Kari Moers. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
The mountain splendor of the Dolomites in northern Italy. This spectacular view is Canazei atop Col Rodella in Val di Fassa. All photography unless noted is property of Kari Moers. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Alpine grandeur and mountain meadows serve as a most dramatic backdrop for this tour though the heart of the Italian Dolomites or Dolomiti as they are known locally, and cradled within its soaring peaks, you'll find enchanting villages replete with picturesque architecture, warm and welcoming hospitality, and some of the most spectacular views of the majestic mountains! Our intrepid tour guide and guest photographer is Kari Moers who recently visited the Dolomites and offered to share her adventures with EuroTravelogue. After seeing her photos, it's hard to believe we're in northern Italy and not Austria or Hungary. Follow us through Santa Cristina, Canazei, Alpe di Siusi, Ortisei—among others, and you'll soon find out why the Dolomites Mountains are one of Europe's top destinations in both the summer and winter! Then find out more about Kari at the end of this article. But now, we embark on an Alpine journey through the Dolomites!

12 August 2012

Visit to the Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Exterior view of the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. All content is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

One of the most educational and yet profound tours I have ever been on in my years of travel was our tour through the heart of Amsterdam's Jewish quarter—an immersion into the city's Jewish people, their traditions and customs. Our guide led us through the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum (JHM) and the JHM Children's Museum, where we gained valuable insight into the fascinating history of Jewish immigrants who fled Spain and Portugal in the late 15th and early 16th centuries to come to the city of Amsterdam. Skilled in international trade and language, these Jewish settlers established a vibrant community that flourished through the following centuries. While their history is indeed fascinating, the tour also served as a poignant reminder of the plight of the Amsterdam Jews and the religious persecution they suffered as a result of WWII. Join me on this cultural immersion into Amsterdam's Jewish quarter.

05 August 2012

ArtOdysseys: A Visit to the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, Netherlands. All content is property of EuroTravelogue™ unless otherwise credited. Unauthorized use is prohibited. 

Welcome to August's ArtOdysseys my friends! Topic for the month is "Museums" and while I've been to many of the renowned and cavernous European gallerys including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Louvre in Paris and the Vatican Museum in Rome, this month's article will feature a more intimate connection at the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery located in The Hague, The Netherlands—a 17th-century palace on the Hofvijver that celebrates the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish painting. Much smaller than her sisters mentioned above, the Mauritshuis can been seen in half of a day. What I especially loved about my visit was that I oftentimes had the paintings all to myself! It doesn't get better than that when it comes to immersing in art!