Garden Party at Holyrood Palace

One year ago today I attended the Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Holyrood Palace) in Edinburgh. It would be the last Garden Party that The Duke of Edinburgh would attend with The Queen, as he had announced his retirement...

Herstmonceux Castle

In my last post on Hever Castle, I mentioned Herstmonceux Castle and its founder’s connection to Hever Castle. Today I am finally introducing my readers to this castle which has a special place in my heart. Ten years ago, I...

Anne Boleyn’s Hever Castle

Today, 19 May, marks 482 years since Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded at Tower Green (at the Tower of London) around noon. As today also marks the day of the royal wedding of Prince Harry...

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the world’s largest and oldest occupied castle, dating back to c. 1070-86. It is where The Queen spends her weekends, Easter, and a week in June for the Order of the Garter and Royal Ascot at Windsor Castle....

Castles along the Rhein

If you ever find yourself on a Rhein (Rhine) River cruise in the Middle Rhine, you’ll spot plenty of castles along the way. This post features 11 castles that I spotted during the cruise from Rüdesheim am Rhein to St....

Schloss Schleissheim

Once you’ve seen one Baroque palace, you’ve seen them all – or so I thought. It was for that very reason that I did not go inside Schloss Schleissheim in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Thankfully, my fellow castle-lover and friend, Svenja...

Whitstable Castle

When a trip to Leeds Castle failed, my friend and I ended up visiting Whitstable in Kent which, conveniently, had its own castle! Whitstable Castle began as Tankerton Towers, the private residence for the Pearson family in the 1790’s. The...