Jodhpur Diary: Postcards from Mehrangarh Fort

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Europe anymore”—this was pretty much what I told myself as we made our way up to Mehrangarh Fort. Our auto driver mentioned that he’s taking us to a beautiful palace yet what I saw was this bare, almost austere structure looming as we approached. No quintessential medieval spires …

Best photography moments in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Picture this:   A calm lake surrounded by the soft slopes of alpine mountains. A small island in the middle, just big enough for an old, white church—the sound of bells ringing from its clock tower. Couples paddle away on their wooden row boats making ripples on the otherwise still water. White swans parade close …

Postcards from Predjama Castle

“Another castle?” my husband asked with an exasperated look on his face.  Having visited over 30 countries in the past three years, it’s true that I have dragged my husband through many a castle—perhaps 40? 50?  I’ve honestly lost count.  At one point—please tell me if it’s a guy thing—the castles have started to look …

Real fairytale castles of Bavaria

STOP THE BUS! Every cell in my body wanted to scream this when, after about 2 hours of driving along winding country roads, we turned a corner and I finally got a glimpse of our destination. Perched on the side of a mountain, as if floating on a sea of lush cedar trees, Neuchwanstein Castle …