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4 beautiful, fairytale English castles

Warwick Castle, England - The impressive Warwick Castle is a medieval jewel

England 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 fairytale castles in Britain.

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Bavaria, Germany – Driving the 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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In depth walking tour of Genoa, Italy

Genoa, Italy - Piazza Caricamento across from Porto Antico (the old port)

Genova, Italy has a beautiful location on the Ligurian sea and an amazingly intricate history. The city has been built in layers over the course of history. This layering is especially visible from the old port area as it allows for a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. Unfortunately, we only stopped for a few good hours on our way to the French Riviera. Read on about our walking tour of Genoa, Italy.

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5 beautiful Royal Parks to visit in London, England

London is one of the world’s great capital cities, replete with some of the finest museums, historical monuments and great shopping, from the British Museum and Natural History Museum, to Big Ben and Parliament and the shops of Oxford Street and Savile Row. But London is far more than its frenetic streets and buildings, it’s also home to the Royal Parks, which provide locals and visitors with a wonderful opportunity to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of this famous city. Here are five of the best parks to visit in London.

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In depth walking tour of Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione, Italy - Water canal and beautiful old buildings and shops right inside the old city walls.

Sirmione, Italy is a stunning place to visit in Northern Italy. It is situated on the southern tip of beautiful lake Garda and it has amazing history. Sirmione, Italy is the quintessential Italian tourist destination. We arrived in Sirmione a bit tired, coming from Padua, but taking a swim in the warm waters of Lake Garda, completely refreshed us and made us ready to head into town.

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Short tour of quaint Soave, Italy

Soave, Italy - Beautiful Soave Castle seen on the hill from the village below. Soave, Italy was a small village that we knew nothing about when we visited Italy. We simply saw it from the freeway and decided to stop…and we were glad we did it. It is definitely a very old small village with an impressive castle and beautiful views of the surrounding country side. Soave, Italy is a delightful day trip from Verona or Lake Garda. The stairs leading to the castle provide beautiful views all around the area and the surrounding hills are simply beautiful with grape vines stretching in all directions. Read more about visiting Soave.

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In depth walking tour of Padova, Italy

Padova (or Padua) was one of the tourist attractions that we were not prepared for. Being impressed and tired after visiting Venice for two days, we did not research Padova very well, so we came ill prepared for what the city had to offer. Padova, Italy is a large city with beautiful tourist attractions which makes for a great day trip from Venice if you have an extra day. Padova, has three large areas with attractions, each within 15 minutes walking distance from each other. Read on about my walking tour of Padova, Italy.

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In depth walking tour of Murano, Italy

Since we have already visited the main island of Venice Italy we felt really bad about being near Venice and not visiting more. So we decided that we would visit Venice again for the second day but this time we wanted to visit the two islands that are well known but not visited as much as the main island. So on our second day to Venice we decided to visit the island of Murano and the island of Burano.

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The best one day walking tour of Venice, Italy

Before visiting Venice for the first time, I have read a lot and seen lots of pictures. I understood that Venice is fundamentally different than everything else simply because instead of roads they have water canals. Yeah,  I got it…or so I thought. However, when I arrived in the central station in Venice, things were different…very different! Why am I saying that?

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Best attractions recommended by local resident of Barcelona, Spain

Even though there is a lot of tourist information available online, it is still very difficult to know what is worth visiting when visiting a new place. For a while now I have been planning my trip to Barcelona in Spain. I am really excited however when I find a local who wants to share with me the places they like to go visit. Still a little bit like having a local guide you through Barcelona. Recently I had the privilege of speaking with Vincenzo who lives in Barcelona. I also asked him why he likes Barcelona, Spain. Read on to find out what to see and do in Barcelona, Spain .

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A charming walking tour of Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy - Street actors dressed in medieval clothes are passing through Piazza Bra in front of beautiful buildings and restaurants

We arrived in Verona, Italy after a few hours drive from Milan. We were ready to stretch our legs, but most of all we were eager to experience this symbol of Italian charm and romance. We kept using the promise of Italian icecream as a bribe for our kids as we started exploring this beautiful medieval city. Read on to experience my charming walking tour of Verona, Italy.

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