Castles & Palaces

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

wedding dress display at Bran Castle in Romania

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...

Esslingen, Home of Germany’s Oldest Bubbly

The day after meeting up with friends in Germany where we spent most of our time visiting "Ulm Minster, Tallest Church In The World", Travis and I turned our trusty ol' VW toward Stuttgart.  (Trusty because it's a pre-2009 model.  Ouch, too soon?)  We were giv...
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, A Dreamer’s Paradise

The first time I  saw photos of Neuschwanstein Castle, I was just a kid who'd recently relocated to a small logging community in North Idaho.  Lounging on the brown shag carpet of our mobile home, I was flipping through an old National Geographic magazine from...

Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein

Travis makes fun of my fascination with tiny things. I've always loved browsing the dollhouse furniture section at the local craft stores, my most used cheese grater is only 2 inches tall, and I always cook with the smallest pot possible.  Maybe that explains ...
Views from the Castillo de Monjardin in Spain

Camping at Castillo de Monjardín

Se dice que lo construyeron los romanos, lo hicieron fuerte los moros, y con la ayuda divina lo conquistaron los navarros. It is said that the Romans built it, the Moors made it strong, and with God's help, the Navarros conquered it. ~Carmelo San Martí...

Pamplona, Sans Bull Running

Have you ever slept in your car?  If so, you know it's not the best way to spend a night, with no way to lay flat or really stretch out your legs.  After sleeping in the VW the first night of our road trip to Spain, my stiff back was forgotten as soon as we st...
Main entrance to Château de Chenaux in Switzerland

Château de Chenaux

Now that we have a car here in Switzerland, we can indulge in one of our favorite pastimes - piling into the funmobile and heading off for parts unknown with no idea where we might end up!  On a random weekday, Travis got home from work while the sun was still...
Gardens and Swiss Alps from the Château de Gruyères

Château de Gruyères (Gruyères Castle)

For folks living in Europe, medieval castles are probably a bit commonplace, along with Gothic cathedrals, alpine chalets, and vibrant green landscapes dotted with tiny, picturesque villages.  Though we do actually have castles in the States, they're not very ...