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Mirabell Palace and Gardens- The Jewel of Salzburg

My favourite spot in Salzburg was, without a doubt, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. During our two days in Salzburg we kept finding ourselves back in these gardens again and again. I loved being surrounded by the bright, colourful flowers- a definite mood lifter after a string of grey, dreary weather days. It was nice […]

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Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens- History, Photos and Tips for Visiting

On our first day in Vienna, we jumped right in and set off to Schönbrunn Palace, looking to experience the imperial nostalgia Vienna is famous for. Schönbrunn Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Austria’s most visited tourist attraction. For centuries, the palace served as the summer home of the Habsburgs, and to this […]

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Photo of the Week: The Orangerie, Palace of Versailles

One of my favourite views at the Palace of Versailles, is the one overlooking the Orangerie and Pond of the Swiss. The Orangerie was built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart from 1684 and 1686. The garden is flanked with a grand 100-step staircase and contains over 1,000 trees, some over 200 years old! There are orange trees from […]

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Photo of the Week: Wurzburg Residence, Germany

The Wurzburg Residence is one of the largest and most magnificent Baroque palaces in Germany. It was built between 1720-1744 under the patronage of the Prince-Bishops of Schonborn. The interior is impressive, although somewhat kitschy by today’s standards, and has been restored since being heavily damaged in World War II.  As usual, when visiting a […]

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Knossos Palace- Discovering Minoan Culture and Mythology

Knossos, located about 5 km from Iraklio, was the capital of Minoan Crete and is associated with many great stories in Greek Mythology.  According to legend, it was here that King Minos had a labyrinth built to keep his mythical creature, the Minotaur.  The story goes that every nine years, King Minos made King Aegeus […]

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