A music video of the song “New Beginning” at the Versailles gardens
We recorded the song “New Beginning” a while back as part of our “For Rose” EP (available on iTunes). Years later, the theme of the song felt like a perfect blend with the picturesque settings of the Versailles gardens and it’s ominous history lurking around. Thus, this video experiment was born. We hope you’ll enjoy!
Cruise from Spain to Italy
This blog is the sequel to our Western Mediterranean trip in the Spring of 2015. Our itinerary took us from Barcelona to Marseilles, then eastward by the Riviera coast into Savona, Italy.
The below video clip details the second part of our journey. After Marseilles, we travelled to Savona, Italy and took a train ride to Genoa before heading back to Barcelona.
Our European cruise in Mediterranean
Costa Favolosa is a cruise ship based on the Concordia class design and owned by Costa Cruise line (A subsidiary of Carnival Cruise). The ship was built in Genoa, Italy and launched in 2010.
We travelled Western Mediterranean on the ship in the Spring of 2015. Our itinerary took us from Barcelona to Marseilles, then eastward by the Riviera coast into Savona, Italy.
The below video clip details the first part of our journey. Highlights include exploration of the beautiful interior, an amazing evening entertainment show and a memorable dinner.
Check out my related blog on Cruising for the conclusion of this trip. Enjoy!
A video blog of our stay by the river Rhine
Rheinfelden is a small picturesque town in Switzerland bordering Germany. The name means the fields of the Rhine river. It is home to Feldschlösschen, the most popular beer in Switzerland.
The video clip below are highlights of our weekend stay at the town one summer.
The town is across the river from Rheinfelden in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The two towns are joined by a bridge over the river. They were politically separated when Napoleon Bonaparte fixed the German–Swiss border on the Rhine in 1802 and are still socially and economically tied.
A brief photo tour of the Louvre Museum
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square metres (782,910 square feet). The Louvre is the world’s most popular museum, receiving approximately 8 million visitors annually.
We visited the museum at Paris in the summer of 2018. Below is a small collection of artworks photo we took while exploring this vast museum.
The Martyrdom of Saint Dennis by Henry Bellechose (1416).
Glenda resting in one of the halls of French Art Gallery where an artist is working on a copy.
The Medici gallery at the Louvre has a large collection of artwork depicting the history of this famous Italian family and their alliance with the French monarchy through marriage.
David and Bathsheba by Jan Massys (1562)
One of the most famous sculpture at the Louvre – The Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory) from 190 B.C.
Below pictures are from the Monalisa gallery which is the most visited hall at the museum.
Below 2 photos are of artwork and ceiling at the museum gift shop and adjoining hallway.
The Egyptian and Near Eastern artifacts wing holds many priceless collection of sculptures, mummy and stone carved artworks.
Exploring the Louvre over multiple days is a wise approach given the vastness of artifacts. The best time to visit is afternoon through evening on weekdays when the tourist rush is bit less. Using the Paris Museum pass will get you multiple day entry to the Louvre along with many other museums and landmarks in and around Paris.
A video blog of our first look at Vienna on a bus tour
We arrived in Vienna during the summer of 2018 for a 3-day stay including a side trip to Hungary. This video blog is a first look at Vienna on the way to Budapest, as narrated by our Guide Joseph. Enjoy!
A video blog of our brief tour of Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria. The historic city center (Altstadt) is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salzburg is also the birthplace of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The video blog below is a brief tour of Salzburg during the summer of 2018.
Salzburg is located in the picturesque Austrian Alps. It is a short train ride away from major cities like Vienna or Munich. The historic center is just 10-15 min pleasant walk from the train station. You can grab a quick lunch on the way in several street side cafe or restaurants.
The historic city center is a well preserved testament to 18th century Baroque architecture, dotted with beautiful gardens and fountains.
Another major attraction is Mozart’s house which is now a museum. You can find a good collection of memorabilia here from Mozart’s early years.
A short walk from Mozart’s house brings us to the bridge connecting the two sides of Salzburg. A stunning view of the fort and the town from the bridge is a must see!
We enjoyed Salzburg and hope you get to visit it soon as well!