The Sleeping Beauty Castle

Schloss Neuschwanstein, one of the most photographed sites in Germany, was built in the 1800’s by King Ludwig II. It’s an idealistic version of a medieval castle, and has in turn been a source of inspiration, including for the design of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. We braved the tourist crowds for an afternoon, and enjoyed the bright evening views across the valley.

Akureyri, Iceland



The port of Akureyri is deep inside a fjord, so we were treated to spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains as we arrived and departed. Some of the highlights of our stay included Lake Myvatn, famous in ecology for the dynamics of the population of midges it supports; the Godafoss waterfall known as the waterfall of the gods, and one more set of hot springs, this one featuring pools of boiling mineral-rich mud.