castles & palaces

Diocletian's Palace

Exploring Diocletian’s Palace: A walled wonder

By Janice and George

“Where is Diocletian’s Palace?” visitors often ask when in Split, Croatia. Shopkeepers laughingly reply, “You’re in it!” The ruins of the 1,700-year-old palace are the heart of the inner city.

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Stockholm's Drottningholm Palace

A regal day trip to Stockholm’s Drottningholm Palace

By Janice and George

Best daytrip in Stockholm? Take a century-old steamer across Lake Malaren to visit Drottningholm Palace on the “Queen’s Island.” (Don’t miss the “confidence” dining room.)

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Is the fairytale Chateau de Chantilly better than Versailles?

By Janice and George

Near Paris, the Chateau de Chantilly is a fairytale wonder; it’s also home to one of France’s finest collections of classical paintings. Beats Versailles in some ways!

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Amber Room at Catherine palace

Catherine Palace and the mystery of the looted Amber Room

By Janice and George

The Nazis stole the priceless Amber Room at Catherine Palace. The room was recreated though — and it’s a marvel to see! The mystery of the original missing amber treasure is fascinating too.

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Bonn

See Beethoven’s house – and other things to do in Bonn, Germany

By Janice and George

Beethoven was born in charming Bonn, Germany. You can visit his old house (see his pianos). But there are more things to do in Bonn too, like taking a short river cruise to Drachenberg Castle.

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Stone Town - Zanzibar

Stone Town, Zanzibar: Haunting slave markets and palaces

By Janice and George

We walk through Stone Town’s twisted alleyways, ogling crumbling limestone palaces, mosques and faded mansions. What a storied past!

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Turkish Delight Part 1 – Istanbul

By Janice and George

Feast like a sultan, gape at glittering palaces and soak in a steamy hammam. Welcome to Istanbul! For most visitors, Istanbul is the starting point for a visit to Turkey.

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