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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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  • Cityoftheweek - Mirabell was my favorite too! Although I have to admit I am in love with the whole city .. Especially with the view seen from the fortress :). Nice post and great cover photo!November 28, 2014 – 12:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie @WorldWideVegetarian.com - I really enjoyed this post! I was in Salzburg this past May and had the pleasure to visit these beautiful gardens! Your photos are even lovelier than mine, as all the flowers were not yet in bloom when I was there, but that makes me want to go back even more! Thanks for sharing,
    KatieNovember 30, 2014 – 12:11 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi, Katie! Thanks for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. That’s too bad the flowers weren’t in bloom when you were there. But you’re right- it gives you something to look forward to if you go back! I enjoy spending time in these fancy European gardens more than visiting the actual palaces themselves.November 30, 2014 – 3:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Annemarie Weissenburger - Schools Mirabell was my first place of work after finishing ‘Handelschule’.I got to climb those famous marble stairs.I never thought I would miss my birthplace soo much.February 21, 2015 – 7:32 amReplyCancel

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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  • Katie - Great article and photos. I was actually in Austria just a few weeks ago and really enjoyed walking through the gardens! How lovely.

    -KatieJune 8, 2014 – 8:26 pmReplyCancel

  • Jeff Titelius - Such an exquisite post my friends! When I was in Vienna last December, I had to pass on the all-day excursion to the palace in lieu of other options but upon my return, Schönbrunn Palace is at the top of my list!! June 9, 2014 – 10:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Brianna Jellerson Simmons - I absolutely loved my time in Vienna, this post definitely brought me back.
    June 11, 2014 – 11:05 pmReplyCancel

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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Palace of Versailles: Part Three- The Queen’s Hamlet

This is the final post in our series about Versailles. In Part One, we toured the Palace of Versailles and in Part Two we visited the Trianon Palaces. Hands down, our favourite part of Versailles was the Queen’s Hamlet, a rustic retreat built for Marie-Antoinette. The Queen is famed for her desire to escape the…

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  • Alouise - Love these photos. This looks like something from out of a fairytale.March 10, 2014 – 10:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - In December each year, there is a light and fireworks show at the Queen’s Hamlet. It was fantastic! I’ll also always remember our visit because Paris had just had an unusual snow. It was so wet and muddy that the mud ate the heel of my boot. And back in Paris the next day I had an excuse to shop. :)April 2, 2014 – 3:46 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I love firework shows! And what a beautiful setting to get to watch one! Thanks for the tip.April 10, 2014 – 7:09 amReplyCancel

  • Phoebe @ Lou Messugo - I’ve been to Versailles a few times and I honestly didn’t know about this lovely place! I fell quite embarrassed! How could I have missed such loveliness? Next time I’m making a bee-line straight here. Thank you for linking this to #AllAboutFranceMarch 6, 2015 – 6:17 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - My first time at Versailles I didn’t know about the hamlet. On my second trip, I made sure to visit it. It’s so adorable! We almost missed the last train back to Paris because we didn’t want to leave!March 6, 2015 – 8:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Eco-Gites of Lénault - It is lovely but you can see why the peasants got upset if this is how Marie Antoinette thought they lived ;) #AllAboutFranceMarch 16, 2015 – 12:51 pmReplyCancel

  • MagdalenaJones - I had the same problem. The time we went, we didn’t know about the hamlet and missed it :( I want to go back and see it as your photos have presented it beautifully. Thank you for sharing.May 4, 2015 – 2:58 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you for your kind comment. Hopefully one day you’ll make a return trip to see the Hamlet. It’s such a charming place! I’d go back to Versailles a third time, but I’d skip the main palace and spend my day roaming the gardens and Queen’s Estate.May 4, 2015 – 5:41 pmReplyCancel

Palace of Versailles: Part Two- The Trianon Palaces

This is Part Two of a three part series about Versailles. In Part One, we toured the Palace of Versailles and in Part Three we will visit the Queen’s Hamlet. On my first trip to Versailles 15 years ago, I didn’t get a chance to explore the gardens as much as I wanted to. I…

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  • Jennifer - We visited Versailles in winter, so it was still pleasant to see the gardens. But I’d love to go back and see the gardens in bloom and the fountains with water in them. Plus, there was a hot potato cart in the gardens that seriously had the best baked potato I’ve ever had in my life! It’d totally be worth visiting again for that alone.April 2, 2014 – 2:40 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - The gardens are really nice, but we were disappointed that the fountains weren’t turned on when we were there. I’ve heard they only turn them on certain days. Unfortunately, the fountains are not that pretty to look at without water flowing through them.April 10, 2014 – 7:07 amReplyCancel

Palace of Versailles: Part One- Tour of the Palace

The first time I visited the Palace of Versailles, I was in the eleventh grade on my first tip to Europe. I still vividly recall how amazed I was by the decadent furnishings, the sparkling hall of mirrors, the grand fountains, and the symmetry and preciseness of the colourful gardens. After that trip, Versailles was…

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  • Andi - Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!March 7, 2014 – 7:03 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - You mentioned the Paris Pass – did you use it to visit Versailles? Another great benefit of the Paris Pass is that it allows you to skip the lines.March 24, 2014 – 9:25 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, we used the Paris Pass at Versailles. Unfortunately, it doesn’t allow you to skip the security line here (and at a few other sites). At least we didn’t have to wait in a second line for tickets.March 24, 2014 – 11:54 amReplyCancel

  • Francesca One Girl: One World - I love this post! It’s really useful and the pictures are gorgeous! Really!May 30, 2014 – 12:14 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you so much for your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed my post! The Palace of Versailles is quite beautiful, but for me the gardens and Queen’s Hamlet were just as gorgeous, if not more. Plus, they were more relaxing and enjoyable to visit.May 30, 2014 – 4:50 pmReplyCancel

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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The Conciergerie, Paris- From Palace to Prison

When I was in high school, my favourite subject was Social Studies. I loved learning about history and one of my favourite units was the French Revolution. I remember learning about the economic crisis, the execution of King Louis XVI in Place de la Concorde, and the subsequent Reign of Terror in which tens of…

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  • Marsha - Wow this is fantastic. I’m kicking myself for not visiting this place when I was in France last year. I will have to return because this looks like a great place to visit. As a history freak, I can’t believe I missed this place. Great pictures and background!!!November 9, 2013 – 1:05 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Marsha! You should go back and visit! I missed it on my first time to Paris too.November 11, 2013 – 8:48 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I’ve been to Paris several times and never knew of this attraction! Looks very interesting. I would love to get back to Paris again.December 27, 2013 – 6:07 amReplyCancel

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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