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The Balsam Hill Traveler: Discovering Denmark

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For an avid traveler, one of the best ways to understand the colorful past of a country is to behold the different architecture that can be seen in it. You can learn about the traditions, cultural influences, and even political climate of a country over the years based on the evolution of its structures. In this edition of the Balsam Hill Traveler, we take a look at the rich culture and magnificent history of Denmark through the development of people’s homes.

The Half-timbered Houses of Jutland

While early Danish houses featured the same Viking design as that of other Scandinavian countries, it was not until the Middle Ages that the Danes were able to create their own distinct style of homes. Large half-timbered townhouses replaced the old oakwood cottages that used to dominate Denmark’s countryside, such as in Aarhus and in Svendborg. These two-story structures afforded people more room to live in as well as better insulation to combat the extreme cold during winter.

Balsam Hill Half-timbered House
Photo from Peter Long via flickr. CC BY 2.0

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The Balsam Hill Traveler: Under the Tuscan Sun

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From art and architecture to science and politics, Tuscany has always been one of the epicenters of the Renaissance movement. The home of great masters such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Galileo, Botticelli, Giotto, and the Medicis, it is no wonder that for centuries, Tuscany has become a frequent destination for aficionados and virtuosos alike. And with the popularity of its pristine beaches and rich vineyards that produce world-class wines such as the Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Mantalcino, there are now more reasons to visit this ancient Italian region. Join the Balsam Hill traveler as we explore some of the best sights and sounds that Tuscany has to offer.

Brunello de Montalcino
Brunello de Montalcino – Photo from Megan Mallen via flickr. CC BY 2.0


To many connoisseurs, the city of Florence is synonymous to the great rebirth of art during the 14th century. Many of the famous Renaissance artists trace their early beginnings to this timeless place. Even to this day, the city is still filled with marvelous masterpieces that continue to draw thousands of tourists each year.

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Perhaps one of the most well-known and prestigious collections of art pieces in Florence can be found in the Galleria degli Uffizi. Here you can broaden your artistic tastes as you view exquisite works such as Titian’s “Venus of Urbino,” Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” Da Vinci’s “The Annunciation,” Rembrandt’s “Self-portrait as a Young Man,” and Michelangelo’s “Doni Tondo” to name a few. Another museum worth visiting is the Galleria dell’Accademia where the original “David” of Michelangelo is housed. The academy also preserves pieces from Sarto, Uccello, Ghirlandaio, and the original plaster for Giambologna’s “Rape of the Sabine Women.”

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