Castles & Palaces

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

Oru kayaking on Lake Gruyere, Switzerland

An Oru Maiden Voyage

Lake Gruyere 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...
The Tower of London across the Thames River

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 enjoy it! 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 could barely remember which rout...

Photo Highlights of Peles Castle

Cradled in a valley near the town of Sinaia lies Peleș Castle, the 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 castle.  Construction on Pel...

Bran Castle, A Queen’s Sanctuary

It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play. Bleeding hearts, and dry bones of the churchyard, and tears that burn as they fall, all dance toge...

Castelul Corvinilor, Castle of the Raven

What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word Transylvania?  Vampires?  Pale mist stealthily creeping through haunted forests?  Howling wolves on the prowl and turreted castles, darkly brooding under perpetually ominous skies? Whenever I envision...