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29 April 2013

Top 5 Hidden Gems of Europe

La cathédrale Notre Dame d'Amiens or Our Lady of Amiens is the largest and tallest cathedral in all of France. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
La cathédrale Notre Dame d'Amiens or Our Lady of Amiens is the largest and tallest cathedral in all of France. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

Europe is a playground for travelers across the globe and those who visit these famous stomping grounds are more than likely to return. With a variety of fun-filled travel opportunities and experiences to enjoy, Europe is one of the most visited destinations in the world offering something for every type of traveler, whether you love to ski and hike or sunbathe and explore ancient ruins.

28 April 2013

Travel essentials for your summer holiday in Europe

The allure of Positano, Italy, and the Mediterranean Sea beckons in the Summertime! Photo: WikiMedia.org.
The allure of Positano, Italy, and the Mediterranean Sea beckons in the Summertime! Photo: WikiMedia.org.

Summer holidays in Europe are the best way to put some distance between you and the real world. The street cred of many European summer destinations, from France’s Provence to Andalucía in the South of Spain or even the picturesque Amalfi Coast in Italy, revolves around the relaxing vibes of a sandy strip and crystalline waters.

20 April 2013

An Epic Adventure to Norway's Fjord Country!

An epic journey through Norway's fjord country. Fjærlandfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, is just one of the many spectacular places we'll explore! Photo: Wikimedia.org.
An epic journey through Norway's fjord country. Fjærlandfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, is just one of the many spectacular places we'll explore! Photo: Wikimedia.org.

The land of the midnight sun … where northern lights dance with the stars ... where intrepid Vikings sailed a thousand years ago ... where majestic mountains cradle the fjords that beckon for gentle sails upon their waters so serene … this is allure of Norge or Norway—a land steeped in mystery and natural splendor, and a place I have until now, only dreamed of visiting! It is with those images in mind that I announce that this summer, I will embark on this intrepid journey to discover the land that is Norway. Thanks to my friends at Visit Norway, I have been invited on a tour this summer that will introduce me to Norway's scenic wonder, captivating history, intriguing culture, regional cuisine and for the first time ever, the midnight sun! Euphoric doesn't begin to describe the excitement stirring within and the mounting anticipation that's growing exponentially by the day! At the end of June, I will join a small group of travelers and together we will embark on an epic voyage through the fjords of Norway.

07 April 2013

48 Hours In Milan, Italy

The magnificent Milan Cathedral or Duomo is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and third largest in all of Europe. Photo: Megoizzy.
The magnificent Milan Cathedral or Duomo is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and third largest in all of Europe. Photo: Megoizzy.

Milan is a thoroughly international city within Italy's Lombardy region known for high fashion and commerce. This resilient city has weathered numerous European conquests, industrialism and the Nazi occupation of World War II. Today, it emerges as a stylish tourist destination brimming with cultural treasures, distinctive cuisine and classy evening entertainment. From the Castello Sforzesco or the Sforza Castle to the Duomo and the Galleria—among others, Milan offers visitors a chance to travel back in time as well as ahead to the future of fashion. With only 48 hours in the city, here a few of the special highlights for visitors to the City of Fashion.

01 April 2013

ArtOdysseys: The Funny Faces of Manneken Pis in Brussels, Belgium

Our 'Little Man Pee' or Manneken Pis in Brussels, Belgium, has become one of the most famous sights in the city. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
Our "Little Man Pee" or Manneken Pis in Brussels, Belgium, has become one of the most famous sights in the city. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

Welcome to the ArtSmart Roundtable—a company of travel writers who share a passion for appreciating art while traveling to destinations around the world. Today's April Fool's Day so we thought this month's post should be about "humor" and I couldn’t resist a certain plucky little statue that has become quite an iconic tourist sight in Brussels, Belgium—Manneken Pis! Steeped in the history of Brussels, the Manneken Pis or "Little Man Pee," a symbol of Brussels today, has been standing here happily peeing into his fountain for centuries and literally draws crowds everyday with his unique character which changes daily to reflect the mood of the city—sometimes quite the hilarious sight! I hope you enjoy the post and be sure to scroll to the bottom of the article for links to my fellow Roundtable colleagues.