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26 September 2012

Postcards from Holland

Reflections in Kinderdijk Windmill Complex in The Netherlands. All content property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Reflections at the Kinderdijk Windmill Complex in The Netherlands. All content property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited. 

When you think of Holland, what are the first impressions that come to mind? Windmills? Tulips? Clogs? Perhaps it's cheese? Personally, fanciful windmills and fields of vibrant tulips evoke Holland but all of that changed upon my voyage to the Netherlands with Viking River Cruises.

16 September 2012

A Visit to the Village of Zermatt and the Matterhorn in Switzerland

Enchanted Zermatt in Switzerland is aglow beneath the towering Matterhorn and Swiss Alps.  Please note all written content is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Photography is copyrighted by Brian Jannsen Photography. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Enchanted Zermatt in Switzerland is aglow beneath the towering Matterhorn and Swiss Alps.  Please note all written content is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Photography is copyrighted by Brian Jannsen Photography. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Once again, I am thrilled to be working with Brian Jannsen on this partner post highlighting the sublime alpine village of Zermatt in Switzerland. If you liked our previous posts on Provence, Alsace and the number ONE post of all time on EuroTravelogue Bavaria, wait until you see how Brian captures the dramatic scenery of enchanting Zermatt in Switzerland.

03 September 2012

ArtOdysseys - The Early Italian Renaissance


Florence, Italy—Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. All content is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Florence, Italy—Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. All content is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited. 

Welcome to the ArtSmart Roundtable—a company of travel bloggers who seek out art while traveling around the world. Each month, we publish a feature on a particular subject with our personal reflection of those experiences encountered along the way. This month, we are thrilled to announce our newest member of the ArtSmart Roundtable Lesley Peterson of CultureTripper.com aka @culturetripper on Twitter. And, at the end of this article, you'll find links to all the other members' features as well.

Our topic for September is "Favorite Art Movement" and so I bring to you, my love of the Renaissance. Born in Italy during the late 14th century, the Italian Renaissance became the defining epoch that would alter the course of history forever; a movement that gave birth to some of the greatest artists of all time from Ghiberti, Masaccio and Donatello in the early Renaissance; to Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael in the High Renaissance. While most of us are quite familiar with the artists of the High Renaissance and their masterpieces, we often overlook those who were at the vanguard of this period of enlightenment. This article is going to be a review of some of those pioneers in sculpture, architecture and fresco, and the legacies they left behind. Join me as we walk along in the footsteps of some of the masters of the early Renaissance in Florence, Italy.