High in the hills of Buda sits the Sándor Palace, the home of the Hungarian President. It sits directly north of Buda Castle, the former residence of the kings and governors of Hungary.  Completed in 1806, the palace was badly bombed during World War II and remained in ruin until the Revolution of 1989 when the […]

The Prague Castle Guard is an autonomous unit of the Czech Armed Forces dedicated to guarding and defending the seat of the Czech President at the Prague Castle.  

Once the symbol of the Cold War, starkly separating the East from the West, today Checkpoint Charlie is a nothing more than a tourist attraction. Or as the Independent deemed it, “a tacky tourist trap.” That said, I still feel it is one of three important sites to visit in order to fully experience the […]

Located an easy walk from the Little Mermaid statue and the Kastellet, Amalienborg is the winter home of the Danish royal family.  It is comprised of four identical palace buildings with an octagonal courtyard that is monitored 24/7 by Den Kongelige Livgarde (the Royal Life Guards).  Their uniforms are similar to those worn by the guards at […]

As a friend recently asked, “What is it about December that brings out the ‘year in review recaps’ and ‘predictions’ in all of us?”  I don’t know the answer, but I do feel myself being sucked in.  Because the “A to Z” series I incorporated into my 365+1 photo blogging project has been so well received, I thought I’d […]

If you read and loved Dan Brown’s novels, as I did, seeing a fleur-de-lis might conger up memories of the Priory of Sion.  The official emblem of the Priory is partly based upon the fleur-de-lis, a symbol long associated with the French monarchy.   The fleur-de-lis is prevalent throughout every chateau in the Loire Valley.  The symbol […]