Castles & Palaces

From dark medieval castles perched on hilltops to elegant palaces that sparkle

Löwenburg Castle, Rising from the Mist

Germany has over 20,000 castles. If that seems a bit crazy to you, you're not alone!  While we won't be able to visit all of them, we definitely have a list of ones we'd like to see while in Germany.  For some time, one of them has been Löwenburg Castle, or Li...
Oriel window of Wartburg Castle, Germany

Queen for a Day at Wartburg Castle

The only fault one could possibly find with German castles is that there are just so many of them.  It's difficult to decide which ones to visit and which ones to skip.  While last year we celebrated my birthday in Lucerne followed by a visit to The Devil's Br...

Bock Casemates of Luxembourg

Raise your hand if you can point to Luxembourg on a map.  Europeans, put your hands down.  Ok, who's left? Don't feel bad, Luxembourg - most Americans can't point to Rhode Island on a map either. It's simply a fact that small countries tend to get overlooked...
Oru kayaking on Lake Gruyere, Switzerland

An Oru Maiden Voyage

Lake Gruyère is the second largest reservoir in Switzerland.  It stretches for 13.5 km from just south of the small university town of Fribourg nearly to the town of Broc, home of the country's famous Nestlé chocolate factory.  An artificial lake, it was creat...

Tower of London

They bear down upon Westminster, the ghost-consecrated Abbey, and the history-crammed Hall, through the arches of the bridge with a rush as the tide swelters round them; the city is buried in a dusky gloom save where the lights begin to gleam and trail with ...

Walking Tour of London

London is such an awesome city.  I challenge anyone to visit and not have a good time!  Our second day in London is still a blur.  We walked so much, saw so many attractions, and were so exhausted by the end of the day that even Travis couldn't remember which ...

Photo Highlights of Peles Castle

Cradled in a valley near the town of Sinaia lies Peleş Castle, the ultimate architectural crown jewel of Romania.  Originally designed as a royal palace for Romania's King Carol I and his wife, Queen Elisabeth of Wied, it's relatively young for a European cast...