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24 June 2013

Getting to know Venice, Italy

Getting to know Venice, Italy, and some of the top attractions to see in this timeless, legendary city on the lagoon. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Getting to know Venice, Italy, and some of the top attractions to see in this timeless, legendary city on the lagoon. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited. 

It mystifies, it enchants, it intrigues—this is Venice, Italy, a city floating in the Adriatic Sea that has been frozen in time for centuries! When viewed from above, it's a brick-red mosaic of more than 100 islands that collectively resemble a giant fish with the Grand Canal, Venice's "main street" so to speak, snaking for 2 miles through its interior from the mouth to its tail, and lined with Gothic and Byzantine architecture harkening back to the days when this once mighty maritime empire controlled the flow of all trade between the east and the west. Upon closer inspection, we find Venice is laced with a vast network of canals and labyrinthine alleys linked together by more than 400 ornate bridges that beckon for exploration; and don't worry about losing your way because getting lost in Venice is a rite of passage to this city and the best way to experience it! If you haven't yet visited, then Venice should be at the top of your "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" list, to borrow the title from one of my favorite travel resources.

03 June 2013

ArtOdysseys: Vermeer's 'The Art of Painting'

Johannes Vermeer's 'The Art of Painting' completed c. 1662—1665. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
Johannes Vermeer's "The Art of Painting" completed c. 1662—1665. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

Welcome to the June ArtSmart Roundtable! We're a group of travel bloggers who seek out experiences in art while traveling around the world and then share them with you. Each month, we focus on one art subject and this month's topic is "painting." With that, I decided to revisit the Dutch masters, specifically a painting from the 17th century by Johannes Vermeer, "The Art of Painting," completed c. 1662—1665. I invite you in for a closer look at this Dutch masterpiece and at the end of this article, be sure to check out my fellow roundtable members' contributions.