With a limited amount of time to spend we decided to visit Pena Palace, the Castle of the Moors and the Palace of Sintra, also called Town Palace.
Medieval Cornwall witnessed the construction of a great castle near the historical village of Tintagel. Named for the village, Tintagel Castle in the United Kingdom was built by one of the wealthiest men of his day, Richard, Earl of Cornwall, who hailed from the House of Plantagenet. Moreover, as the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, the ruins of Tintagel Castle have become a renowned tourist attraction. [Read more…] about Tintagel Castle :: Cornwall, United Kingdom
First American President George Washington once wrote that “the benefits arising from the moderate use of liquor have been experienced in all armies and are not to be disputed.” Moreover, he put his theory into practice. In 1798, Washington built a distillery in Alexandria, Virginia that produced fifty thousand liters of whiskey per year. Today, Mount Vernon is carrying on this whiskey-making tradition and distilling this liquid gold today. [Read more…] about Mount Vernon Distillery :: Alexandria, Virginia
The notorious fortress that was part of the setting for the historic novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas was infamously the prison for many of France’s political and religious captives. Built as a fortress against Mediterranean Sea raiders between 1524 and 1531, Chateau d’If is still situated on its small, forbidding island about a mile from the French city of Marseille. Once a feared prison, Chateau d’If is now a popular tourist attraction. [Read more…] about Chateau d’If :: Marseilles, France
Consecrated in the thirteenth century, Istanbul’s Church of St. Mary of the Mongols is the city’s only church to have continuously remained in the hands of the Greek Orthodox community. Unlike many of Istanbul’s old churches, St. Mary of the Mongols was never to be converted to a mosque according to an order given by the Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror; in fact, the order is still kept within the historic church today. [Read more…] about Church of St. Mary of the Mongols :: Istanbul, Turkey