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« on: February 13, 2009, 01:36:07 pm »

To while the winter time away, I thought about posting a thread with pictures of castles we've seen during our motorcycle travels.

I'll start with Castle Hohenzollern in Baden-Württemberg near Stuttgart. Built initially in the 13th century, it was destroyed several times with subsequent reconstruction and was also the seat of the Prussian Hohenzollern family that ruled much of Germany over the centuries. It is currently a museum, although German nobility still lives in one of the wings.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hohenzollern_Castle

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Castles/DSC01208.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2009, 09:29:50 pm »

Oh yea,

we were there in 07. we actually saw the Princess. They had just opened up a new part of the lower areas, where the soldiers used to live, back in the 1700's.

Absolutely one of the "have to see" places in the world..


Thanks for the memory. Your post card shot, the last one, is my background at work..

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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2009, 09:30:43 pm »

Taken in 1997 from Mirabelgarten...

Over 900 years old and featured on The Great Castles of Europe.

Hohensalzburg...




The view from the balcony of my B&B...

Burg Heimfels...
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2009, 08:29:58 am »

We once made a special trip to see Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. I got a vague shot of the base of the structure as the whole of Bavaria was socked in fog. All the rest of my shots seem to be from castles rather than of castles, like this shot of Jaen Cathedral:
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2009, 05:54:42 pm »

If there is one thing we Europeans knew how to do well, it is castles Wink



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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2009, 04:26:35 pm »

Ok, I'm in:

This one's a bit big for putting in stream - http://www.bighammer.net/images/Euro08/Schwangau029.jpg

Another Neuschanstein


Hohenschwangau


Interlaken (more conservative)



Hunegg (near Interlaken)


Thun is too big and my Oberhofen pictures aren't that spectacular...

From Ireland:
Slade castle



Dunbroddy abbey (the cows were fascinated by the rented GS)



Blackwater castle ( great place to stay near Cork )



Not a castle, but every bit as important:



Malahide:


Swords:


Rathfarnam:


Trim:


I've got a few more from my last summer trip at www.bighammer.net/euro08.html & on the Ireland page.

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2009, 09:24:21 am »

Castello di Baldi

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/Picture003-3.jpg

Torrechiara Castle

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/Picture003-2.jpg
 
Remains of a Moorish castle overlooking Sintra, Portugal.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/1a1e1e48.jpg
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2009, 09:58:40 am »

I'll add a few (always with a nearby Guzzi):

Flums


Schaffhausen


Balsthal


Sforza


Bardi


Volterra


Lugo


Castelfranco


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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2009, 10:21:57 pm »

Ohh YEAH!

I've been planning my June 09 trip of passes and castles for my wife and some of these are already on my list.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2009, 01:42:10 am »


We once made a special trip to see Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. I got a vague shot of the base of the structure as the whole of Bavaria was socked in fog. All the rest of my shots seem to be from castles rather than of castles, like this shot of Jaen Cathedral:


When I was there this past summer it was a wonderful day.  I hiked up the hill in my motorcycle boots and shorts.  Yo should have seen the looks.   Lol
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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2009, 04:42:47 pm »

I used to do the http://www.roundbritainrally.co.uk/ a photographic motorcycle and landmark rally. Due to my OCD a couple of nice rides outs and minor detours on the way to events rapidly turned into doing the whole lot for 05 and 06 a combinations of events: pressure from SWMBO to spend more quality time; not being able to get the time off work to go to Guzzi events and the cost has meant I've had to let it go (for now)

Some of the landmarks were castles so here they are

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/07CornwallCarnBrea.jpg
Carn Brea castle nr Redruth - now contains a restaurant, up a dirty track in the cloud/rain - furthest point in a day trip from Hertfordshire.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/14DorsetnrDorchester.jpg
Maiden Castle - iron age earth works, same trip as above. rain had stopped but losing the light.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/20HerefordClifford.jpg
Holt, welsh borders, closest I could get the Guzzi to it, but shows I was there on the motorcycle so qualifies

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/32NorthumberlandnrCorbridge.jpg
This one I couldn't get to the actual castle.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/70SouthLanarkshireStrathaven.jpg
There behind the tree

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2005/check%20points/78CarmarthenshireKidwelly.jpg
You can actually see this one

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2006/Landmarks/68WestLothian.jpg
more a pele tower but it's a castle

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/mgblemonrider/Round%20Britain%20Rally%2006/Landmarks/30Northumberland.jpg
This is more like it.

So a collection of fairly rubbish photos. Taken to serve the purpose to show the landmark, my motorcycle and the control card.
I went to lots of intresting places, learning about them whilst doing my research so I could find them, a castle is a fairly easy thing to find.
However I saw very little as just rushing about the countryside concentrating on the vanishing point, racking up huge daily mileages ie 720 around the highlands of Scotland
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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2009, 09:07:52 pm »

Good to hear from you Martin  

hadn't seen you online much lately and was wondering where you were

Good to see that you're still out & about  Smile Thumbsup
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2009, 02:50:05 am »

Some good pictures in this thread!

Some more:

The small moated castle Kalteneck in Holzgerlingen/Böblingen district near Stuttgart
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Castles/DSC01658.jpg
Always thought it would be the ideal sized place for me   Rolleyes
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Castles/DSC01657.jpg

My favorite castle is Predjama Castle in Slovenia, which is built into a cliff
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predjama_Castle
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k44/Lippmra/Castles/DSC01852.jpg
Located in the foothills of the Slovenian Alps and close to the Adriatic Sea
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2009, 07:22:29 pm »

Oswestry, Wales

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/Orsoni/Wales05023.jpg

Richmond Castle, Yorkshire

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j231/Orsono/Picture003.jpg
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2009, 01:24:33 pm »

Peel Castle, Isle of Man

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/Orsoni/Picture034-1.jpg
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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2009, 01:37:46 am »

I must apologize for having nothing to add... posting so I may know when new items are added... A few friends & I are planning to make it over to Europe for a Bike Tour in the next 5 to 8 years... if not sooner.
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« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2009, 07:23:13 pm »


A few friends & I are planning to make it over to Europe for a Bike Tour in the next 5 to 8 years... if not sooner.


I'd make it sooner ........ we might not survive 5-8 years  Bigsmile Bigsmile Bigsmile
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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2009, 10:29:43 pm »

I had quite a few ... uh... hiccups on my 1st mainland outing, but will definitely be back.  Despite that accursed brand b's abs / brake failure, it was still the best trip my wife  & I have ever been on.  

Don't wait.  My only regret - not getting to Andermatt fast enough ;-)
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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2010, 08:49:21 pm »

time to add a few more recent ones seen along the road...

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« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2010, 06:47:50 pm »

Scotland

Dunnotter Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/IMG_0333.jpg

Urquhart Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1177.jpg

Eilean Donan Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1607.jpg

Stalker Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1019.jpg

Carbisdale Castle (Now a Scottish National Youth Hostel!)
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF0799.jpg

Crathes Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/CrathesCastle-1.jpg

Kildrummy Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1679.jpg

Inverarry Castle
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/InvergarryCastle.jpg

Ireland
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1525.jpg

Tuscany
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF4459.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF4420.jpg

Lazio
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF4223.jpg

France

Colmar Walled Fortress
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF1121.jpg

Vernon
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF3125.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/DSCF3121.jpg

Carcassonne
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg7/notarian/castles/P1010265.jpg
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