My name is Cynthia and I love interior design, architecture, antiques, all things vintage, all things British (a tried and true Anglophile), a love of things that are time worn and hold secrets of days gone by. I love animals and try to respect their place in our world. I enjoying talking about the most beautiful places in the world, some exotic, some in our own neck of the woods. I love family and friends, music and movies. And most importantly, I love talking about these things with a daily dose of humor because I love to laugh and we all deserve to. So come on...let's go for a stroll.

AND PLEASE CLICK ON THE ENTRY AND LEAVE ME A COMMENT - I can't talk to you if I don't know you were here, dearest dahling...


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Magic Among the Castles

Neuschwanstein, c. 1869, Germany, photo by

Like so many, I am fascinated by castles. It is hard to believe that castles actually exist on planet Earth, not just in fairy tales or Shakespeare's classics.  Little boys dream of wearing a coat of armor, riding a black stallion, with a sword at their side, crossing over the draw bridge to a castle.  Little girls dream of wearing a long cape made of dark blue velvet, waiving from a castle tower to the crowd below, as they shout to her that she's the most beautiful girl in the world.  And then there's my dream...of living in a fabulous ancient castle in England (where else?) with a staff of 150 taking care of my every whim, all the whilst Daniel Craig and Johnny Depp arrange a dual just beyond the moat, both determined to have my hand in marriage, and having to listen to George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio whine because there's no four man dual.

Ok, back to reality.  I'm a 49 year old wife and mom from Sharpsburg, Georgia.  Needless to say, there's a big difference between my world and that of the Tudors. Furthermore, had I lived in the middle ages, I probably would have been one of those 150 servants, slaving away for King Henry VIII, and being forced to cook those gargantuan turkey legs he was so fond of.  But anyhooo, back to castles.  I thought it would fun for you girls out there, and the only men who follow my blog (my Uncle Gary and my husband Tony), to be treated to photographs of some of the most beautiful castles in the world, during the winter season.  The only thing better than a castle is a castle in the snow.  Grab a hot toddy and dream along with me for a moment.

Scharfenstein Castle, Germany, photo by

Kronborg Castle, circa 1420, Denmark, photo by Dian Emery

Gillette Castle, Connecticut, photo by

Durham Castle, circa 11th century, England, photo by Sharon Stuart
Castle Burg Hohenzollern, Germany, photo by Mystic86

Dunnotar Castle, Stonehaven, Scotland, UK, photo by Geoffrey Noell

Cennen Castle, Wales, UK, photo by Hugh Gillings

The Round Tower, Windsor Castle, England, photo from

This blog begins and ends with  Neuschwanstein...the most incredible of all castles - the hilltop location and the architecture...truly breathtaking.  An example of the attention to detail and the work that went into building this incredible place is that the bedroom woodwork took 4 years.  King Ludwig was truly obsessed
Photo by

and just a few more of about obsessed!

Photo by

Photo courtesy of

Photo Credit Unknown


Melinda said...

Love it! So beautiful......Merry Christmas!

Elisabeth said...

Hi, I´m Elisabeth from Sweden and I love your blog. I think the castle Neuschwanstein is beautiful, hope to visit it sometime, big hug from me!

Cynthia Banks@aloveofthepast said...

Thank you Elisabeth!

Essay Writing said...

Great pics...

Link Within

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...