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Osaka Castle Tips & Review

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Osaka Castle (大阪城, Ōsakajō) is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions, with millions of people visiting the iconic landmark each year, particularly during cherry blossom season when there are special hanami parties and night illuminations. I’ve had the chance to visit both during sakura season and regular times of year, and will share some […]

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Hanami Party at Himeji Castle!

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  22 Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you combined a frat party and a beloved world heritage site? I’m guessing no, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a blast at Himeji Castle’s cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami) held each year during sakura season. In this post, we’ll offer some hanami at […]

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Château de Chillon Review & Tips

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

Chillon Castle (or Château de Chillon) is a medieval castle on Lake Geneva. This post offers our review of Switzerland’s most popular historic building, tips for making the most of your experience, and a ton of photos from our visit. Before any of that, we’ll offer a brief historic overview to give you an idea […]

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Château de Chenonceau Tips & Photos

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

During our recent trip to the Loire Valley in France, we toured Château de Chenonceau, spending the afternoon and early evening hours here. In this post, we’ll provide a photo tour of this chateau, background information, our review of this destination, and tips for best experiencing Château de Chenonceau based upon our visit. Let’s start by […]

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Our Visit to Neuschwanstein Castle

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest, Reports  •  13 Comments

Neuschwanstein Castle, or Schloss Neuschwanstein in German, is one of the world’s most famous castles, most notable to Americans for inspiring Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. To be perfectly honest, this was our big motivation for visiting, and because of the epic landscape opportunities of the castle. In this post we’ll share our experience visiting the […]

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Château de Chambord Photos & Tips

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley of France is one of the most famous châteaux in the world, featuring French Renaissance and medieval architecture. This post offers a photo tour of Chambord, info about the chateau, and my tips for making the most of the experience. For starters, Chambord is the largest château in […]

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Hearst Castle Tips & Review

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  10 Comments

Hearst Castle in San Simeon is a popular and easy stop on a California road trip up Pacific Coast Highway. Is it worth the time and money, though? In this post, we will consider those things, and I’ll offer some tips for visiting, along with some photos I took on our recent tour Grand Rooms Tour […]

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