Fairy-Tale Castles

Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany

These are a feast for the eyes and the imagination – and a wonderful store for the mind’s eye of a reader. Particularly a reader who is currently reading this:

(first time, and loving it, by the way!)

A few first-hand castle images inhabit my imagination. We visited Ireland 15 years ago on a B&B/driving tour. Twas a lovely trip, filled with castle-sightings. In fact, such sightings became almost too commonplace: “Oh, look, there’s another one.” Of course, we visited Blarney Castle. Alas, I did not kiss the stone. I was a bit unnerved when they told me I would have to lean out over this enormous chasm. But I had this adorable excuse . . .

Ireland (8)

By the way, if you want to get lots of attention from and conversation with the locals, I highly recommend visiting Ireland with a cheerful black-haired, brown-eyed, red-cheeked baby named Connor along.

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