Category Archives: Castles

A Pirate’s lookout in Laguna Beach!?

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Laguna Beach is crammed with tourists most of the year. It’s nice to be local enough to know where the “off the beaten path” beaches are to escape the crowds. THIS one is really fun & definitely hard to find if you are not a local! If you find it, welcome to Victoria Beach!

Don’t be too shocked to see what looks like a pirates lookout on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the tide pools! I’ve been to many, many beaches but never one that creates such a dramatic backdrop for imaginary playtime! I had heard that it belonged to the house that sits above it, that one of the previous owners used to hide coins in and around it for children to find. I also read in THIS blog, that Bette Midler is on the list of people who have owned the home and castle tower at one time.

I stayed in a beach house on this beach for a long weekend with my family a few years back and it was one of our most memorable “stay cations”! Close enough to town but remote enough to be hidden!

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Click HERE for more information on how to find this beach & castle!

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Go Here: Palace of Versailles

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When I was 19, I passed up the chance to visit this beautiful place so I could spend a free day exploring Paris…which wasn’t a bad thing but in retrospect, I know I missed out! So, the next time I am in Paris, I will definitely be visiting Versailles!

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I remember the chills I got while walking up to the Palace of Versailles. Located only 20 km southwest of Paris, the rich history and stunning architecture will absolutely blow you away. You could easily spend a day there, seeing all there is to see and learning about the members of royalty that have called Versailles home.  There is rich history in every detail. Even the details of the decor have details. Versailles Palace is a MUST if you ever go anywhere near Paris.

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Up Close Picture of the Week: Heidelburg Castle

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One of my favorite child hood places, close to my hometown of Mannheim! I have many pleasant memories of Heidelberg, hanging out on the river at dusk, waiting for fireworks! I would love to go back and explore the city as a grown up!