Category: Europe

The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Carcassonne

It is impossible not to be completely enchanted by France’s medieval fortress town of Carcassonne. It is the perfect storybook castle. Built upon a rocky hillock, it is encircled by nearly two miles of remarkably […]

One Culture, Two Countries

Robust, hearty, and proud, the Basque region is said to have a mind of its own. By some accounts, it enjoys more autonomy than any other region in Europe. Officially, it comprises Spain’s undulating farmland […]

The Majestic Alps of Innsbruck, Austria

Welcome to the Tyrolean capital of the Austrian Alps; picturesque Innsbruck, Austria. Winter adventures, Imperial architecture, Alpine accommodations and a traditional culture are just a few of the things you will experience in Innsbruck. While […]

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO GATE 1’S COUNTLESS RIVER CRUISE EXPERIENCES

Imagine unpacking your bag just once and settling in to your river ship cabin with an ever-changing view. You indulge in a generous array of amenities as Europe’s most charming villages, lush vineyards, bucolic landscapes, […]

Colorful Mosaics in Kotor, Montenegro

Beautiful Kotor is a fortified town located on the coast of the Adriatic in Montenegro. It is just down the coast from Dubrovnik, Croatia and is located on the Bay of Kotor. This town is […]

The Cradle of Civilization: As Magnificent as Ever

It is no secret that Greece has long danced to its own rhythm. One would expect nothing less from the place where western civilization itself was born. From poetry to philosophy, from democracy to drama, […]

Crisp and Clear Bergen, Norway

Beautiful Bergen, Norway is one of the most picturesque towns in the world. This city is located on the southwestern coast of the Scandinavian country and is surrounded by mountain ranges and fjords. Must sees […]

9 Things You Don’t Know About La Sagrada Familia Cathedral

There is no other house of worship on earth quite like Barcelona, Spain’s towering Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Antoni Gaudi’s masterwork. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has raised the eyebrows of art critics and inspired millions […]

The Seductions of Iberia

“Seductive” may well be the best way to describe the rich and vibrant cultures of Spain and Portugal. Sultry music, mouthwatering foods, ruby-red and bubbling wines, and architectural wonders that stir the soul provide a provocative glimpse of the passions of the Iberian people. Join us, and give in to the seduction when you sample these cultural touchstones:

Spanish Genius

If Spanish artists have proven one thing over the centuries, it is this: Great art breaks convention. It speaks out against the establishment and turns on its head the mainstream notions of self-expression. Here are six ingenious Spanish artists that define six crucial periods in art history, and six remarkable eras in their country’s past. All these artists—with the exception of Gaudi—are represented in El Prado, Madrid’s repository of art.