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Saturday, June 05, 2004
 
CASTLES



..as I'm in a medieval mood today..

A good starting point..

..as is this one also..

Life in a Medieval Castle

The Evolution of British Castles - nice article, certainly much could apply to continental Europe as well..

I find the castles of the crusaders particularly interesting. In Petra, Jordan, there are quite photogenic ruins..

..whereas Crac des Chevaliers in Syria is still extremely well preserved..

Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland

French Chateaux - this page in English, can switch to French if you wish..

One of the more fascinating castle builders was Ludwig II of Bavaria , Wagner's sponsor.. his castles here.. The most famous, of course, is Neuschwanstein; see it live, from webcams..

And finally, I might add that my ancestors had a castle. Here it is.. my brother visited it, at the height of the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland. He said half the town of Enniskillen has our surname. Unfortunately, his wife had the same name as an IRA fugitive, and was detained and searched..

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau

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