Photo Tricks: Shattering the Illusion of Broomstick Flying

broomstick flying photo tricks

Several years ago the girls and I took broomstick flying lessons in the same English courtyard that Harry Potter learned to fly. They were timed to fall just after the “On Location” tour of Alnwick Castle, which doubled as portions of Hogwarts. To this day, people still ask me about the day my girls did […]

Paronella Park at Night – Ruins of Spanish Castle in Australia

The castle ruins of Paronella Park, Queensland Australia lit up at night.

Visiting Paronella Park at night was like walking through a dream. The ruins of the old Spanish castle situated in the rainforest of tropical Queensland Australia are now covered in moss, yet the magic and romance that once dominated this fortress is still apparent. We visited several years ago, just before I started writing this blog. […]

Ruins of The Old Abbeys of England ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire, England

I don’t know why, but I am fascinated by the ruins of the old abbeys of England dotted along the countryside.  I couldn’t get enough, although I think the girls and hubby reached their limit.  Here are a few of my favorite shots: Have you seen the ruins of the old abbeys of England? Which […]

Heidelberg Castle and Luxembourg City in a Day

Luxembourg-L. City view from  Bock Promotory - 04

I am pretty well convinced that some of our best days are those that are unplanned, like today’s visit to Luxembourg. We started the day with a hike to Heidelberg Castle and then intended to head north to take a few hour cruise on the Rhine river. The views of the ruins of the Heidelberg castle nestled […]

Carcassonne, Is This Medievel French City Named for A Pig?

Carcassone France

Like many medieval walled cities, Carcassonne France has a beautiful castle with a moat. As the story goes, back in medieval times, the town was under siege.  The attackers thought by surrounding the castle and the walled city of Carcassone they would starve the inhabitants, therefore simplifying victory.  So, the people of Carcassone stuffed a […]

Sintra: Visiting a Fairytale Castle Outside Lisbon Portugal

Pena sintra

We didn’t plan to visit the enchanted town of Sintra in Portugal, but boy are we glad we did. After four months, we have discovered that the best adventures are often those that are not planned, but rather suggested by other travelers. Sintra came with rave reviews. It is a small village in Portugal about […]

Segovia Spain’s Roman Aqueduct, Medieval Castle, and Cathedral

fairytale castle

When my girls were little I used to read to them stories of adventure and excitement involving brave knights, beautiful princesses and stunning medieval castles.  They were all similar with tall towers, protective ramparts, dangerous portcullis and a draw bridge over a moat. Of course, my girls always found the mysterious dungeon and the garderobes […]

La Bisbal d’Emporda, Our First Spanish Outing

window with shutters

We have been relaxing in Spain for nearly a week and finally decided it is about time we left the beach and explored a bit of the Costa Brava area surrounding Palamós. We grabbed our map containing circles around many interesting nearby sites (thanks Sandra).  There are stunning beaches, amazing dive and snorkel destinations, medieval […]

Discovering Dublin Ireland on a Free City Walking Tour

One of our first stops, Dublin Castle, which doesn't look much like a castle from the entrance.  What is unique is that lady justice has her eyes open.

Dublin is such a fun city filled with history, mystery and legend. We are big fans of walking tours, and were delighted to find another Sandeman’s Free City Tours here in the capital city of .  For today it was Dublin.  Our guide Kiel was knowledgeable, interesting and funny. Are you a fan of city walking tours? Have […]

Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Dunluce Castle-N. Ireland

Giants Causeway

We heard about Giants Causeway, the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle, but nothing could prepare us for actually seeing them. After an uneventful ferry crossing into Northern Ireland we headed straight up to the North Coast.  Here we found the Giants Causeway, a destroyed bridge built by giant Finn McCool to walk to Scotland.  […]

Dunrobin Castle, Falconry, and the Falls of Shin in Scotland

Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle is the most northern point in Scotland that we visited. It’s located just after we crossed the 60 degree latitude line. It’s a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. The white arrow loops (towers) reaching up against the blue sky made […]

Scottish Highlands Must Sees: Garden, Pitlochry, and Blair Castle

fly fishing

We are heading north to the Scottish Highlands, an unplanned detour from Edinburgh thanks to a wonderful Scotsman named Derek, whom we met  last night. After hearing him talk about the highlands, we are on our way. He even helped us to book a charming guest house in Inverness, our home for the next two […]

Hundreds of Horseshoes at Oakham Castle


Oakham Castle has over 200 horseshoes hanging on its walls. It’s a tiny castle, built in the late 12th century. Interestingly, Oakham Castle has a unique tradition that royalty forfeit a horseshoe to the Lord of the Manor of the Castle on their first visit to the town. Even more interesting, the walls are filled with horeshoes that […]

Prague Photos: Charles Bridge and Prague Castle

prague pretzels

It’s a good thing our schedule is very flexible.   Apparently there was a major festival going on in Munch, so there were no rooms available, at least none that we could afford.  So we stayed in Prague an extra day, added a night in Regensburg and then a visit to Dachau and finally on to […]

Nizwa Castle, Fort and Souq in the Palm Desert Oasis in Oman

Nizwa fort and tower, Oman

Today we are off to the interior of Oman with Sunny Day Tours.  We met Khalfan (our wonderful guide) in the lobby at 7.00am for the start of a very long day.  Khalfan had told us yesterday that Nizwa is a rather conservative town and recommended we adhere to the general guidelines for respectful clothing […]