What You Need to Know Before Visiting the Alhambra

Last spring, my husband and I spent two weeks traveling through France and Portugal. Justin had to return to San Diego for work, but we were so close to southern Spain, I decided to stay another week by myself. I have always wanted to visit the Alhambra and the Generalife, the complex of palaces used by the Kings of Granada as summer residences. The site’s Moorish architecture, sumptuous gardens and hilltop location backed by the Sierra Nevada mountains appeared to me in photos like a sort of Shangri-La. Continue reading “What You Need to Know Before Visiting the Alhambra”

World’s Most Visited Castles

The grounds of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
The grounds of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

I’ve always loved visiting castles and palaces. For me, getting lost in the history, the intrigue and the lives of those who once lived there is the ultimate escape. Writing about the 20 most visited castles and palaces in the world, which range from a palace in Istanbul to fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, for Travel & Leisure was a dream assignment for me. To see who else made the list click here.