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What is a Renaissance Girl? Wasn’t the Renaissance really all about stuffy men in puffy shirts writing poems in Latin?

 Renaissance man, noun;

1. A man of any period who has a broad range of intellectual interests
2. A cultured man of the Renaissance who was knowledgeable, educated, or proficient in a wide range of fields.
3. An outstandingly versatile, well-rounded person.

“Renaissance Girl”, proper noun;

1. Your guide through a wide field of intellectual interests, focusing on travel, literature, art and architecture, culture, and nature.
2. Forget the Renaissance Man – it’s time for some girl power!

Why the Renaissance Girl’s Guide?

A few years ago, during a meeting with a head hunter, I received a completely unexpected and fantastic compliment – “you’re quite the renaissance woman, aren’t you?” Unexpected, because I thought all I’d been doing was nervously rambling about my fascination with Gothic architecture, crypts decorated entirely with skeletons, travel, and literature, and fantastic because those words stuck with me. To this day I think it was the best thing anyone has ever said to me.

I recently spent a number of months traveling solo through Europe. In preparation for, and during, my trip I read many guidebooks. I quickly discovered that guidebooks are hardly one size fits all and, as I traveled, I began to note in my journal all the instances where I disagreed with the guidebook or felt I could have offered a better perspective. I started thinking about how cool it would be if I had my own guidebook – a sort of girl-centric, heavily cultured focus on all of the amazing things I was seeing.

I’ll be honest – my trip awakened in me a burning desire to be the girl version of my new-found hero, Rick Steves.

And as I jokingly thought of names for my newly imagined travel empire, The Renaissance Girl’s Guide just popped into mind. And I haven’t been able to let go of the idea since.

Here we go.

So who exactly is the Renaissance Girl?

Hello everybody, my name is Danielle and I will be your Renaissance Girl Guide.

I have an incredibly broad array of interests and have never been able to reconcile giving up the study of certain fields in order to focus on others. My educational background meandered through Chemistry, Architecture, Art History, Music and more before I finally settled on degrees in Archaeology and English Literature. I am an avid reader and an extensive traveler. To put it plainly – I love to learn and know many things.

I certainly don’t profess to be an expert in any field. I am merely a girl who is passionate about knowledge and who loves to experience all the world has to offer. In my opinion, one of the greatest things a person can do with their knowledge is to share it.

As the author Paulo Coelho puts it, “It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.” I have been fortunate enough to experience and see many remarkable things in this world and I would like to share those experiences with anyone who might be interested.

Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times, don’t hesitate to ask any questions, and enjoy the ride.

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