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 […]

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 […]

Yes, it was a cold, rainy, winter day in Paris, but the Louvre is still so, darn beautiful!  Here are three of my favorite shots of the exterior of the Louvre.  What do you think? Do you have a favorite below? Louvre Exterior Photo #1.  The Louvre on a cold, rainy day in January. Louvre […]

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 […]

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 […]

And last, but not least, some photos of the fountains at Versailles.  There were originally 1,400 fountains on the property.  Today only 600 are still working.  An aqueduct was built to pump the necessary water onto the grounds to power the fountains at a rate of 1.6 million of gallons of water per hour.  In […]

Versailles has more than 2,000 acres of structured, French gardens.  The gardens include more than 200,000 trees, 50 fountains with 620 jets of water, and more than 210,000 flowers planted each year.  I’ve read that there were 200 gardeners who tended to the gardens back in the day, but I haven’t been able to find […]