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26 August 2013

The scenic world of European River Cruises

The Hungarian Parliament Building is just ONE of many sights you'll see when you embark on your river-cruise journey! All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted.
The Hungarian Parliament Building is just ONE of many sights you'll see when you embark on your river-cruise journey! All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted.

Have you ever dreamt of drifting down scenic European waterways while magnificent castles, storybook villages and pastoral countrysides pass you by? How about docking at the city's front door just a few steps from the city centre that promises an unforgettable cultural immersion in centuries-old surroundings? When you consider visiting multiple European cities in a single trip, do you find the thought of having to pack and unpack and pack and unpack a little daunting? What about hopping from train to train to train to squeeze it all into your trip of a lifetime? While that can be certainly one of the most romantic ways to travel through Europe, something I can personally attest to, visiting all of these European destinations from the convenience of your river-cruise vessel holds a certain appeal—moving from place to place and reveling in the journey along the way! Welcome to European river cruising and once you embark, you may never look back! Isn't it time you embarked on your dream of exploration to discover new places, historical treasures and most of all, the people of distant lands?

19 August 2013

ArtOdysseys: Norway's Historic Stave Churches

Welcome to Heddal Stave Church and to August's ArtSmart Roundtable: Architecture and the study of Norway's historic stave churches. All photography: WikiMedia.org.
Welcome to Heddal Stave Church and to August's ArtSmart Roundtable: Architecture and the study of Norway's historic stave churches. All photography: WikiMedia.org.

Welcome to the August edition of ArtSmart Roundtable. We're a company of travel bloggers who share our passion and love of art during our travels. This month's topic is "architecture" and because of my recent journey to Norway, I've decided to write about the unique architecture of stave churches for which Norway is renowned. Emerging throughout northern Europe during the Middle Ages, stave churches are a medieval architecture of another kind, unlike anything I was familiar with until now. Resembling gingerbread houses on the outside, their construction tells of a rich history based on Viking building traditions. Follow me back to the dawn of the Norwegian stave church and we'll discover its origin, construction and examine how 28 of them have survived for more than 800 years, in some cases! At the end of this piece, be sure to see the rest of the roundtable's contributions. Tusen takk!

10 August 2013

The Algarve: Top Attractions for a Summer Visit to Portugal

Algarve's beaches beckon to sun worshipers everywhere. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
Algarve's beaches beckon to sun worshipers everywhere. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

As pretty much THE place to be during the summer months along the southernmost coast of Portugal, The Algarve is an excellent choice if you’re looking for the coveted sunshine. Beach hotels are in abundance, scattered along the popular beaches such as Marinha Beach and Armacao de Pera.

04 August 2013

All aboard the Flåm Railway in Norway

All aboard the Flåm Railway in Norway, one of the world's most scenic railway journeys! Content and photography are the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
All aboard the Flåm Railway in Norway, one of the world's most scenic railway journeys! Content and photography are the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

One of the most magical moments along my recent tour through Norway, was the journey onboard one the world's most scenic railways—the Flåm Railway or Flåmsbana. From the Myrdal station, a lofty perch at 866 meters (2,850 feet) in the Norwegian mountains, we meandered through darkness and light as we made our way along our 20-km (12.5 mile) descent to the storybook village of Flåm nestled on the shores of the Aurlandsfjord. This hour-long adventure descends through the Flåm valley along one of the world's steepest railroad gradients (adhesion on normal gauge) at a rate of 1 meter of height for every 18 meters of distance. To quote an old friend, T.S. Eliot, "the journey not the arrival matters" and I couldn't agree more. The train winds around the mountains through some of the most dramatic landscapes I have ever seen— sweeping panoramas replete with precipitous mountain cliffs, cascading waterfalls, enchanting villages and of course the fjord! Welcome aboard the Flåm Railway!