UK: England – Warwick Castle

Of the many castles still around in the UK, Warwick Castle is the closest to my heart. I spent four of my most formative years at the University of Warwick – which is actually closer to the city of Coventry, but still I spent a lot of time in the town of Warwick and the castle was a constant backdrop to many of my happier memories of my youth.

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Germany: Bavaria – Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau Castles

There are only a few movies that really stuck in my memories when I was a child, one of which was “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, the Disney movie in which the magical car flew over the most amazing castle. This was pre-CGI (the movie was made in 1958) so I knew the castle had to be real. It was many years later as an adult I discovered the name of the castle was Neuschwanstein and that it was located in Germany’s Bavaria region.

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Belgium: Brussels

The city of Brussels in Belgium is at the very heart of Europe. It is the seat of the European Parliament. By and large it is a typically modern European city but at it’s heart there are some wonderful reminders of it’s early ancestry, at the center of which is the spectacular Grand Place. Brussels is certainly a place where you can spend a couple of fun days exploring.

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