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09 February 2014

ArtOdysseys: Danube river cruise - Voyage of contrasts in scenery, architecture and time

Cruising into Budapest, Hungary, by night revealed a contrasting panorama of gold against the darkness of night. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited. This photo only: WikiMedia.org.
Cruising into Budapest, Hungary, by night revealed a contrasting panorama of gold against the darkness of night. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited. This photo only: WikiMedia.org.

Welcome to the February edition of ArtOdysseys—my ongoing series that unites my love of travel with discoveries in art along the way. This month, my focus "contrast" and having just returned from my Danube River cruise with Viking River Cruises, we traveled through four countries from Germany to Hungary and along the way, discovered many interesting compositions offering striking contrasts in art, architecture and the natural beauty of the landscape.

08 February 2014

7 Lesser-Known Things to Do in Tuscany

The Duomo di Prato (Prato Cathedral) is about a half-hour drive northwest of Florence, Italy. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
The Duomo di Prato (Prato Cathedral) is about a half-hour drive northwest of Florence, Italy. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

I am honored to introduce this week's guest blogger, James Jones, of MyTravelGuidePosts.com. An avid traveler and blogger always looking for new opportunities to document his experiences and share them with people, James has visited Italy four times and among his most memorable visits were taking part in Ivrea's battle of oranges festival, visiting the Vatican and exploring the marble quarries of Carrara in Tuscany. Check him out on his site where you'll find many more articles about Italy including "Underrated attractions in Italy and places to visit."

Home to pleasant weather, picturesque rolling hills, Chianti wine, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Florence's Ponte Vecchio, it’s not surprising Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy! However, this post is about showcasing some of Tuscany’s lesser-known attractions that fall “under the radar” of many tourists visiting the region.