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Skipton’s Medieval Castle | Discovering England

Skipton Castle located in North Yorkshire is a fine example of an English medieval fortified castle, with over 900 years of history. It was originally built in 1090 by a Norman Baron, Robert de Romile, as a motte and baily type castle, and was later rebuilt in stone to withstand Scottish attacks. Skipton Castle is… Continue reading Skipton’s Medieval Castle | Discovering England

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Château de Caen – Caen Castle | Discovering France

Exploring castles throughout Europe has been a fascination of mine for over a decade, simply due to their interesting history and fortified construction. They are visual remnants and reminders of an era in history where the need for a fortified stronghold (both offensive and defensive) were important forms of land security, as well as a… Continue reading Château de Caen – Caen Castle | Discovering France

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The Extraordinary Edinburgh Castle | Discovering Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is by far my most favorite in the United Kingdom. I have been to numerous fortified castle structures throughout Europe and the UK, and this one has always stood out. It was just not the castle alone, but the encompassing of old town Edinburgh, the Royal Mile, and the castle that created a… Continue reading The Extraordinary Edinburgh Castle | Discovering Scotland

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King John’s Castle in Limerick | Discovering Ireland

The first time I viewed King John's Castle was several years back while I was in Limerick, and on my way to the Cliffs of Moher. We were briefly in the city, and I was standing at the River Shannon when an old stone fortified structure was pointed out. It was the castle that belonged… Continue reading King John’s Castle in Limerick | Discovering Ireland

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Transylvania’s Bran Castle – Truth and Myth | Exploring Romania

Yes, I have visited Bran Castle in Transylvania, and I will talk about it in this post. I also want to discuss the legend of Dracula, Romanians, and why they dislike the Count. This way it will be more of an intellectual discussion, rather than "Hey, I've been to Dracula's castle in Transylvania!" First let… Continue reading Transylvania’s Bran Castle – Truth and Myth | Exploring Romania

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Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnova | Discovering Bulgaria

One of my highlights while visiting the beautiful hilly town of Veliko Tarnova in Bulgaria, was visiting the mighty Tsarevets Fortress. It sat high on the hills overlooking the town, and was surrounded on three sides by the river Yantra. The views from the fortress were amazing, as well as strolling through this medieval town… Continue reading Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnova | Discovering Bulgaria