Haunted Scottish castles

Scotland is famous the world over for its castles – the fortified homes of the great (but not necessarily good) of times gone by – and each one of them has at least one ghostly story to tell. Braemar Castle is a possession of the chief of the Farquharson Clan but it has been leased… Read More »

The 10 Most Beautiful European Cities To Visit This Fall

Plan your family vacation in the Fall after the summer’s heat and crowds have disappeared. It’s a great time to visit Europe with good weather (mostly!) for exploring, better rates all around, and that glorious Fall light bathing the picturesque scenery. Whether you choose Paris, Rome or Prague, each city has its own charm and… Read More »

Which Northern Ireland village was voted the world’s most beautiful?

A Co Antrim village has been voted as the world’s most beautiful small village, beating off compeition from Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Canada. Glenarm won the International Challenge (Small) category in the Communities In Bloom contest during the 2015 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Kamloops, British Columbia, in Canada, at the weekend, reports… Read More »

The Château d’Oiron

Imagine a Renaissance castle, surrounded by fields carpeted with purple cyclamen, completely empty and yours for exploring. This is what you’ll find at the Château d’Oiron, a 16th century castle straight out of a French fairytale. In fact, it’s said that this chateau is linked to Charles Perrault’s classic story, Puss in Boots. (Nobleman Jules… Read More »

Most beautiful castle falls behind an amusement park

Germany’s top tourist attraction is no longer the fabulous fairy-tale wonder Neuschwanstein Castle. It’s Europa Park, Europe’s version of Ohio’s Cedar Point. The park in the city of Rust in southwest Germany had 5 million visitors last year, while Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Bavaria had 1.4 million. If Neuschwanstein Castle looks familiar, it’s because Disney’s… Read More »

Germany’s 5 most beautiful castles

Think Cinderella and Snow White. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, Germany’s nobility began building more prestigious residences to show power. We present 10 of the most beautiful ones – right out of a fairytale. Neuschwanstein Germany’s most famous castle, located near the town of Füssen in Bavaria, draws around 1.5 million visitors from… Read More »

French Castles Cheaper to Rent Than San Francisco Apartments

Zumper located a seven bedroom castle on 200 acres of land in Ringuette, Region Aquitaine, France renting for $2,925 per month and contrasted it against a current listing for a 401 square-foot studio apartment on Page Street in San Francisco’s Lower Haight, which goes for $3,000 per month. Bay Bridge Jumper Worked as Prostitute, Women… Read More »

Own this castle in Ben Lomond for $1.6M

In a week of surreal estates, how can we ignore this actual castle for sale? The home at 9969 Hwy 9 in Ben Lomond is just that: a 3,600-square-foot, 4-bed, 5-bath castle situated on a riverfront double lot. You can live like a king/queen and be the envy of all your Renaissance Faire compatriots for… Read More »

Castle of Villandry

Renowned for its landscaped gardens, Château de Villandry was the brainchild of Jean le Breton, François I’s finance minister and Italian ambassador. Today visitors can stroll pebbled walkways through six hectares of formal water gardens, a maze, vineyards and multiple-themed gardens, including the fabulous 16th-century potager (kitchen garden. The gardens bloom between April and October,… Read More »

Castle of Castelnaud

The most visited castle in the South of France dominates the picturesque village of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle on the left bank of the Dordogne River. During the Middle-Ages, the mighty English fortress commanded the strategic position at the meeting of the Dordogne and the Céou Rivers, opposite the rival French castle of Beynac. The oldest mention of… Read More »