Tag Archives: castles

blarney castle

Getting the gift of the gab at Blarney Castle

Posted on 03. Sep, 2012 by .

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I was always intrigued by the famous, mysterious stone of eloquence at Blarney Castle. Not that I need it, mind you. Trust me - I talk enough as it is. I think people secretly wish I would just shut the hell up every once in a while. I even asked my dad the other day, [...]

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leeds castle

Leeds Castle, the prettiest castle in England?

Posted on 27. Jun, 2012 by .

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If you stop thinking for a minute, and try to picture an English castle, what does it look like? A noble property, surrounded by a moat and only accessible by a drawbridge, with imposing stone towers and lavish gardens, perhaps? Because that’s exactly what the Leeds Castle looks like. A picture perfect portrait! I was [...]

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The Palace of Versailles, the Most Infuriating Place on Earth?

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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Let’s start off by stating this, loud and clear: I am NOT a people person. About 7 billion people on this planet, and I can only tolerate 30 of them. And not at the same time. So whenever I know I’ll be in a mingling situation, or an overcrowding one, I really have to put [...]

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Exploring Tours, the Loire Valley Capital

Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 by .

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Tours was only supposed to be a dinner and a nap, initially. A brief stopover on my way to explore more gorgeous Loire Valley Castles. But as I made my way into the city after visiting Azay-le-Rideau, I quickly realized that despite putting all my resources in planning a realistic and interesting roadtrip focused on [...]

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château de val

Auvergne’s Prettiest Castle: Château de Val

Posted on 13. Apr, 2012 by .

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When people think of European castles, one of the first images that come to mind is the elegant, feminine Renaissance castles of France. While most of them are located around Paris and in the Loire Valley, Auvergne has a handful of them that are worth the detour -Château the Val being on top of the [...]

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warwick castle

A Wax Figures and Peacocks Day at Warwick Castle

Posted on 16. Mar, 2012 by .

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When Grayline invited me on their Oxford, Stratford and Warwick tour, I knew I was in for a treat. I was especially looking forward to Warwick Castle, who has the reputation of being one of the best castles in the UK. I couldn’t wait to find out if it was true! The first part of [...]

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The Loire Valley Castles, a Photo Essay

Posted on 19. Dec, 2011 by .

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Visiting and taking photos of the Loire Valley Castles was kind of a big thing for me - not only did I cross off yet another item off of my bucket list, but also because there are things you just have to have photos of. And few things are quite as iconic as these French [...]

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The Wonders of Chambord Castle

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Visiting the Loire Valley Castles was always a major point in my bucket list - and the beautiful, intriguing architecture of Chambord Castle had definitely tickled my fancy. It’s the largest and most impressive one of the lot. Originally built in the 16th century as a hunting lodge for King François the 1st (we definitely do not [...]

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Exploring the Moorish Architecture at the Alhambra

Posted on 04. Nov, 2011 by .

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My last trip to Spain was absolutely not planned in advance. It was a total spur of the moment kind of vacation, due to a simple Facebook status change from two of my long lost friends. They had just moved to Granada! And since the February thick clouds over London had me longing for some [...]

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3 Daytrips from Annecy

Posted on 01. Sep, 2011 by .

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While Annecy is certainly a must if you are visiting the Haute-Savoie region, it is however small enough to be wrapped in a day - but that doesn’t mean you should move on to another place just yet. Annecy offers many interesting possible daytrips destinations reachable in less than an hour’s drive, three of which I [...]

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