Category Archives: Castles & Estates

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #4 – Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is nestled in the mountains of Bavaria, Germany near the town of Füssen. Construction was started in September of 1869 commissioned by King Ludwig II. He used his own money to finance the project, but then began borrowing money from Bavaria. He would change the plans, which would delay the process. Construction was still not completed at the time of his mysterious death in 1886. Within a few weeks, the scaffolding was removed and the castle cleaned up enough to start receiving tourists, so the country could recoup some of their finances. Continue reading

An American Marvel ~ The Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina had been on my bucket list for a long time. Since my husband and I were “driving by” on our way to Hilton Head Island, this was the perfect opportunity for a visit. The weather was perfect so we were able to see the rolling hills that the mansion sits on nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. Continue reading

Chambord

Chambord, Castle in the Loire Valley, France

Chambord

Chambord is a majestic castle in the Loire Valley of France, about three hours south/southwest of Paris. King Francis I wanted to replace the primitive castle with something much larger, so construction started in 1519 and ended in 1547, but the castle wasn’t completed until 1685. Continue reading

Chenonceau

Chenonceau from across the garden, Castle in Loire Valley in France

Chenonceau

Chenonceau is my fairy tale castle, it’s beautiful, dainty and stunning. The garden is meticulously kept, and I love the part of the castle is built over the River Cher. This castle was built between 1515 and 1521 after the original castle was burned to the ground in 1412, rebuilt in the 1430 and then destroyed again in 1513. Continue reading

The Emerald Isle

Lismore Castle

Lismore Castle

There is never enough time to see everything I want on a trip and in Ireland, six months still probably wouldn’t be enough. I loved Ireland, it’s beauty, it’s castle and it’s friendly people. My friend and I flew into Dublin and I had the trip planned out with great detail, even down to some budget conscious hostels and hotels picked out for each city we would be at in the evenings. Continue reading

“This is all Blarney”

Me at Blarney Castle

Me at Blarney Castle

This is the start of a quote from Queen Elizabeth I venting her frustration in dealing with Cormac MacCarthy, King of Munster. The Queen decreed that properties should be occupied under title to her. Cormac MacCarthy responded to each of her letters promising his loyalty to her, but not his land. She finally lost her composure saying “This is all Blarney, he never means what he says, he never does what he promises”*. Continue reading