Loppem Castle

On my day off today, we headed to the city of Brugge, Belgium, near the west coast of the country. Although the sky was completely grey (have not seen the sun yet), our spirits were high as we had a historic city to explore! Our first stop was Loppem Castle on the outskirts of the city. Although access to the castle was closed for the winter months, we still had great views from the walking paths. We then headed into Brugge itself. A very pretty and quite old city. We walked around parks, through old streets and plazas and across historic bridges. We sampled Belgium’s famous waffles, the calorie free ones (not a chance!). We also made a stop or 3 at some of the many chocolate stores throughout the city. Oh the chocolate!
 
Below is a shot of Loppem Castle. The castle was built between 1859 and 1862 for Baron Charles van Caloen and his family. It is considered a masterpiece of civil Gothic Revival architecture.
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Moody Castle

Kaprun Castle is located in the municipality of Kaprun in the state of Salzburg, Austria. We stayed in a hotel very close to it and I was up early the next morning to go and photograph it. The castle was believed to have been built in the 12th century by the noble family of the Counts of Falkenstein. 

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Neuschwanstein Castle

While I was in Austria and during our travels we ventured into Germany and visited the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. It is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hilltop above the village of Hohenschwangau. It was built for King Ludwig II in order for him to withdraw from public life. 7 weeks after his death in 1886, it opened to the public. 

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Burg Oberranna

Recently I spent a week in the beautiful country of Austria. I was amazed at how clean the country was and the stunning landscapes and gorgeous architecture of many of the old castles and buildings. 

This is the tower of Burg Oberranna, a 13th century hilltop castle in the Wachau Valley. 

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – May 26 Images(s)

I am sure by now you must be tired of me going on and on about the wonderful photographic opportunities here in Ireland, but it just seems to never stop! Amazing landscapes and seascapes continue, beautiful lighthouses and old relics (not including my Irish friend Trevor whose birthday it was today and who arranged this amazing trip) are just a small portion of our day today. I can only continue to use the word “WOW” because I simply cannot find another word that accurately describes my feeling at each one of these locations!

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Life Through The Lens – Part II – May 24 Image(s)

I must sound like a broken record by now, but today was yet another day of amazing photography in Ireland! We stopped at an old boat wreck this morning, and although the tide was out the wreck was very interesting to photograph. An old castle, and old ruin of a school and then an interesting display of sun beams out near an island off of the coast completed our day. WOW! 🙂

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