The 50 Most Beautiful Castles in the World and the Pictures to Prove It

Chateau de Chambord, royal medieval french castle and reflection. Loire Valley, France, Europe. Unesco heritage site. Long exposure.

As a history and travel lover, there’s no kind of building in the world that piques my interest more than a beautiful castle. Whether it’s learning about the history of Windsor Castle, comparing the summer and winter palaces of the Shaki Khans while traveling Azerbaijan, or sleeping in a castle in Ireland, visiting castles always … Read more

27 of the Best Opera Houses in Europe for a Perfect Night Out

Germany - Dresden - DRESDEN, GERMANY - June 15, 2019: The famous opera house Semperoper in Dresden after a concert after sunset

Whenever I travel, I always look for a fun or elegant performance that I can add to my itinerary. In London, this was seeing a Shakespeare production in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. In NYC, this meant seeing Hamilton during a fantastic New York weekend. And in Vienna, this, of course, meant going to the Vienna … Read more

27 Stunning Places to Visit in September in Europe for a Late Summer Getaway

Visiting Europe in September is a great idea for many tourists. You’ll be able to skip the families traveling during school holidays, you can take advantage of end-of-season discounts, and the crowds start to thin out a bit. Here are some of the best places to visit in September in Europe to enjoy the end … Read more

5 Places to Visit for Shakespeare Lovers

Aerial drone shot of Castle Tioram, it is a ruined castle that sits on the tidal island Eilean Tioram in Loch Moidart, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It is located west of Acharacle, approximately 80 k

Who does not love traveling and exploring cities around the world? Especially when you know those cities from books, but you have never visited them before. These kinds of places have a kind of a mystique aura and the power to instantly transport you back in time when the action from the book or play … Read more

How to Visit Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites

United Kingdom - Stonehenge - Stephanie

I’ve already detailed how freaking awesome it was to be able to sneak in a trip to Stonehenge on my London trip.  Going there I had zero expectations that I was going to be able to fit it in. From UNESCO’s description: Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world, while … Read more

7 Literary Cities from Your Favorite Books & Plays to Add to Your Travel Bucket List!

New York City

Have you ever wondered how it would feel to actually visit the magical places described in some of your favorite books? Try to imagine catching a train through London, or enjoying dinner in an enchanting restaurant in Washington. All these places described by authors in various books are real and can be a ticket away … Read more

Banqueting House: The Place to Kill a King

The Banqueting House and the Holbein Gate, Whitehall, with the Equestrian Statue of King Charles I

Listen to the Episode “Banqueting House: The Place to Kill a King” Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to listen & Subscribe Visiting London can be overwhelming, with the list of must-see locations stretching as high as Big Ben. But my guest today, author Leanda de Lisle, takes us deep into a lesser-known but historically vital … Read more

My Top 10 Super Awesome Surprise London Adventures

United Kingdom - London - Train

My ten-day London (and the Home Counties) adventure was supposed to be 60% work/40% try-really-hard-to-grab-some-sightseeing time, but our host office ended up being the most awesome place ever and throwing in some really cool side trips.  That, combined with how easy London and the Home Counties are to explore, and I’ve racked up some amazing … Read more