Category: Europe

Europe travel planning tips and photos

10 Beautiful British country mansions

Mansions, stately homes or simply large estates abound in the English countryside. England has lots and lots of old mansions scattered in remote countryside areas, surrounded by beautifully groomed grounds, lakes, rivers and forests. These beautiful places that have been featured in many movies, are filled with history, intrigue and lots of gossip. Visiting any of the large British mansions requires some planning, but your efforts will be rewarded by a very relaxing and insightful visit. Read more about 10 of my favorite British country mansions.

4 beautiful, fairytale English castles

Warwick Castle, England - The impressive Warwick Castle is a medieval jewelEngland is filled with castles! And most of them are very well preserved and amazing to visit. We visited a few English castles and even our kids loved them. They have beautiful museums with lots of old military gear as well as gowns and party dresses from the old times. There is lots to learn in these places as they give you a snapshot in time of British high society. Read on about four of these beautiful fairy tale castles in Britain.

Driving through the German countryside on Bavaria’s  Romantic Road

The Romantic Road in Bavaria, Germany is not an actual road but is a set of country roads that traverses Bavaria from the north in Wurtzburg to the Alps in the south at Fussen. The term was created by American tourist agencies in the fifties to attract American tourists to these beautiful parts of Germany. The Romantic Road has a wonderful mix of medium size towns and tiny villages that have survived allied bombing during World War Two. Come along with me as we drive the Romantic Road in Bavaria, Germany.

5 beautiful fairy tale castles in Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany - Beautiful front view of Neuschwanstein Castle from a secluded view point near the ski slopes in the village of Halblech Bavaria, Germany has many majestic medieval castles. Unfortunately we have only been able to visit five of them. I love old castles. The older they are the more interesting they are for me. I love learning their history because a castle has the entire history of a town or even an entire region concentrated in one place. Behind a castle’s wall lots of people found refuge and shelter during times of war and found joy and entertainment during times of peace. All this tumultuous life is many times captured inside a castle’s museum. Read on about five beautiful castles in Bavaria, Germany.

Melk, Austria – an impressive abbey in a quaint village

Melk, Austria - Prelate's courtyard at Melk Abbey If you are driving from Salzburg to Vienna you will be passing my the small village of Melk. And you have to stop and visit the Melk Abbey and village. The village of Melk is very close to the freeway (A1) and the parking lot is also very easy to find. After a short, steep walk you get to the Abbey area entrance where you can purchase tickets to visit. I really like the fact that the Melk Abbey complex is being used as a high school so the local kids get great exposure to history every single day. How cool is that!

In-depth walking tour of Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria - Beautiful flower arrangements in Volksgarten garden near Heldenplatz Vienna, Austria…such a melody: Mozart, Strauss and the Blue Danube waltz! We heard and imagined so much about this city and about its beauty that it became our dream to visit it. And finally we had the opportunity and we were very excited. Read on about our experience visiting Vienna, Austria.

The Sound of Music movie tour in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria - Beautiful view of the Mirabell Gardens and Salzburg Fortress from the steps where the Do-Re-Mi song of Sound of Music was filmed The old musical Sound of Music has become a classic being filled with idyllic scenes in and around Salzburg, Austria. The charm of Salzburg and its surrounding areas add so much color and freshness to the movie that we could watch Sound of Music over and over again. Read on about the Sound of Music movie locations in Salzburg.

Touring Hohnsalzburg Fortress in Salzburg, Austria

Hohensalzburg Fortress, Austria - Beautiful view of Salzburg seen from the fortress walls Salzburg Fortress, also known as Hohensalzburg, is very impressive. The Salzburg Fortress is a fully preserved monument of over 900 years old and is one of the largest existing 11th century fortress complexes in Europe. Situated at over 500 m altitude and measuring 250 m (820 ft) in long and 150 m (490 ft) wide, Salzburg Fortress is an impressive site. Read on about my visit at Salzburg Fortress.

In depth walking tour of Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria - Horse carriage passing by the beautiful Salzburg Dome building in Residenzplatz square. It is almost no wonder Mozart came from Salzburg because Salzburg is such an inspiring and beautiful town. Salzburg is a “must see” if you visit Austria. The charm of the town is still preserving some of Mozart time’s flavor. In addition, it is also no wonder that the picturesque Sound of Music movie has been filmed in many locations in and around Salzburg. Read on to find out our favorite places to visit in Salzburg, Austria.

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