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

How to Visit the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range in Japan

Monks walking toward Torodo Hall, Okunoin, Koyasan. Photo credit by Nick Kembel. Used with permission.

(This is a guest post by Nick Kembel from Spiritual Travels about his trip on a Japan pilgrimage to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountains.”)   Japan’s wild, mountainous Kii Peninsula, located south of Osaka and Nagoya, has been sacred for thousands of years. Ancient Japanese believed … Read more