Category: Europe

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water lake (or loch) in Scotland. Together with the beautiful surrounding hills and mountains, Loch Lomond and Trossachs is the most popular national park in Scotland. Since we were in Stirling, we decided to make the extra effort to see this beautiful lake.

Walking tour of Stirling, Scotland

Stirling,Scotland - Thumbnail of the National Wallace monumentWhen we visited Stirling, Scotland we didn’t expect so much history concentrated in such a small place. Every place around Castle Hill has been involved in every major event in Scottish history. Over the years, Stirling has remained the most prominent symbol of national identity. Come along with me on a beautiful walking tour of Stirling.

Walking tour of Saint Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews is a historical place with a beautiful location in the Scottish coast. Made famous as a movie location and the official birthplace of golf, St Andrews was a pleasant destination for us. Come along with me as we explore St Andrews, Scotland.

5 beautiful fishing villages in Scotland

Fife is a historical County in Scotland. Where the River Forth meets the North Sea you will find five beautiful fishing villages in the Firth of Forth, as the Scottish call this area. Read along and follow me as we go down to each of the tiny harbors of these beautiful Scottish fishing villages.

A beautiful walking tour of Edinburgh, Scotland

In this article I invite you to take a beautiful walking tour of Edinburgh, Scotland with me. Edinburgh was a great experience for us even though we had our two small kids each with its own stroller. We spent a day and a half walking through this city and enjoying the beautiful panoramic views from several viewing spots.

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.

Walking tour of quaint Melk, Austria

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!