Once upon a time in the land of Bohemia, there was a beautiful town nestled on the banks of a curving river. On top of a craggy hill was a mighty castle where the royal family lived. Through the centuries, the town retained its medieval appearance; it escaped destruction by war or natural disaster.… Read the rest
Ninety-six. That is the number of castles listed on Slovenia’s official tourist website. While seeing all 96 is not a goal of ours, we had seen four of the most popular – Bled Castle, Ljubljana Castle, Skofja Loka Castle and Predjama Castle – and decided to visit one more, Celje Castle, which happens to be the largest medieval castle in Slovenia.… Read the rest
Just like in a fairytale, the Ljubljana Castle sits prominently atop a hill complete with a lookout tower and giant, billowing flag. The Castle is visible from practically every point in town and it beckoned a visit.
Getting to the Ljubljana Castle
We could have been zipped to the top of the hill via the modern, glass funicular, but instead opted for the steep climb.… Read the rest
Since arriving in Kotor, Montenegro, we’ve been determined to hike the town walls – and all 1355 steps – to the San Giovanni Castle that sits at the top of the hill high above the city. A few days ago, we started the hike, propelled by the stunning scenery even though the skies were covered in dark clouds, but only made it halfway before a storm swept through.… Read the rest
Located inside the Charles V Castle, the Museo della Cartapesta, or Paper Mache Museum, celebrates the historic connection between the art form and Lecce. In the 18th century, many of the paper mache masters called Lecce home and took on students to teach the required skills.… Read the rest
In the 1540s, under the direction of Charles V, the Lecce Castle was built, simultaneously incorporating and destroying the previous Norman castle that dated back to the year 1137. Lecce’s Castello di Carlo V is designed as two separate rectangular shaped buildings, one essentially ‘inside’ of the other for fortification.… Read the rest