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June 09, 2008

Renaissance Man: A Look Back

Mark Schatzker

He came, he saw, he, um, hmmmm.  Well, whatever the case, it's hard to believe that it's been just a little over a week since Renaissance Man, the Daily Traveler's first travel stunt, came to a close.  Below, a quick summary of one man's quest to remake himself over a month-long trip through Europe.

Our Renaissance Man has mastered his world of tasks and is back at home with his Renaissance Family. Just what did he accomplish in these few whirlwind weeks abroad?

It began with blood sausage. Then he took a few whiffs on the fairway, learned to dress the part and played his fourth-ever game of golf. Next, it was on to another kind of green--with a bunch of taxonomists in tow--the Chelsea Physic Garden. (Somewhere in the midst of all that, he met Darwin.)

Then Renaissance Man learned how to eat and how to shop for fish--to eat. There was an episode involving French toast.  His first day in Vienna, he was rocked by Verdi and, later, by his piano teacher. After that, the Philharmonic got ugly, so he turned his attention to the digital (but not without a new tune in his fingers).

Finally, it was time to clean his system. Renaissance Man made scialatielli with an old friend in Cilento, Italy (where he also carried his all his tech gear with him). His next task: painting--with a little more eating thrown in, of course. His masterpiece came soon after.

And to top it all off? Our Renaissance Man had a date with the count.


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