Nothing better than going on a walk in the country and coming across this spectacular view. Only one of the many splendors this world has to offer. This was my first visit to the Pyrenees in southern France and I will definitely return some day. A spectacular location for photographing natural landscapes.
One of my absolute favorite castles in Europe is Château de Balleroy. Full of character, Château de Balleroy has both charm and appeal. The exterior is gorgeous and the gardens make it an even better place to spend a day. More importantly, it is ideally located in the region of Normandy, France in the small town of Balleroy near Caen. For those of you planning to tour the region, the location makes it a great place to visit since it is so close to the major nearby tourist attractions. It is privately owned and open to the public, so you have to buy a ticket to enter the grounds and tour the castle.
Beautiful and ornate gardens surround this magical French castle. The colorful and immaculately kept gardens are a wonderful place to wander and investigate. There are many different types of vegetation within the gardens, including numerous flowers that give off a delightful aroma. Guests may also walk the spacious grounds and explore at their leisure. The château overlooks the magnificent countryside that is covered by farmland and wooded areas.
In addition to walking the extensive grounds, visitors are welcome to join a tour of the castle's interior rooms. Built in 1631, the home is stylishly designed and decorated with highly prized art and family heirlooms from the most recent and current owners - the Forbes family.
During your visit to the château, you can also visit the Balloon Museum, the Boutique or have some afternoon tea and croissants at the Tea Room. Either way, it is a great place to spend an afternoon while taking a break from visiting the World War II memorials and monuments in the greater Normandy region. I highly recommend this as a must see destination for those choosing to travel to Normandy. Enjoy.
Please check out the official website for the château: http://www.chateau-balleroy.com
Two of my absolute favorite sites to photograph in southern Italy are Paestum and Velia.
The temple complex at Paestum is located south of Naples along the Tyrrhenian coast of southern Italy in the region of Campania. The ancient Greek temple at Paestum is a gem to shoot, especially in the springtime. The landscape is rich in color with a combination of the freshly bloomed flowers, nice green vegetation, and the giant stone pillars against the blue sky. Lots to explore and shoot at this historic site.
Ancient Greek Temple in Paestum, Italy
Another wonderful place to visit in southern Italy is the ancient Greek town of Velia. We knew nothing about this place until we saw a description in a book on Greek sites in Italy. As we drove into the valley from the north, we got our first glimpse of the tower. It was really all we noticed in the distance until we reached the site. The tower sits atop a hill and overlooks the surrounding area and town of Velia. The area is a quite scenic part of the region of Campania. For those who chose to visit and explore this ancient site, it is rather expansive so make sure you have plenty of time to wander the grounds.Read More
The Trapani Salt Beds (Flats) are located in the marshes on the outskirts of the Italian city of Trapani. The beds are found near the Mediterranean Sea on the western coast of the island of Sicily. It is definitely worth the visit. These are some of Europe's oldest salt deposits. The salt flats have existed since ancient times and were used by the Greeks and Romans. They are easy to visit today since they are located near the cities of Marsala and Trapani - famous for their seafood and wines. You can also take a boat trip to the nearby historic island of Mozia, which was an important shipping center settled by the Phoenicians. Both are enjoyable and easy to access. It is a great day trip.