Goodnight M.A.E

My dear Blogger friends,

We had a friend over to watch 24 hours to learn the Bible by Chuck Missler and she found the study fascinating. I try to reccomend this and the other studies to everyone I have a conversation with about studying the Bible with “meat” there is plenty of meat in all of Dr. Chuck Missler Studies.I have been moodie again today and had to deal with the Manic depression that occasionally still plagues me.

Jesus always helps…

Love you all in Christ Jesus.

God bless you.

Later,

Pat,

Child of God💖🤭🙏

10 Castles in Europe We’re Ready to Check Into

Visiting a castle is one thing, but how about staying the night in one? Across Europe, there’s a plethora of castles that open their doors to visitors as overnight accommodation. Feel like royalty in medieval manors surrounded by lush gardens or even a moat. Here are ten castles in Europe we’re ready to check into. Which would you book?

Dromoland Castle, Ireland

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A magical pile with a history as long as your arm, Dromoland Castle is grandeur personified. There’s been a castle on this site since the 16th century, though the present structure dates from 1835. It’s now a five-star hotel with a fantastic golf course. In recent years it has attracted a host of celebrity guests including musicians Johnny Cash and Bono, actors John Travolta and Jack Nicholson, former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Richard Branson. While you’re here, you can try clay pigeon shooting, archery, falconry and horse riding. Or just wander the grounds and marvel at the stunning 450-acre estate.

Fortaleza do Guincho, Portugal

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Built in the 17th century as a fortress, Fortaleza do Guincho has been renovated into an exquisite five-star hotel with Michelin-star restaurant thrown in for good measure. But it’s the castle’s isolated location at Cabo da Rocha, Europe’s most westerly point, which provides that extra touch of modern-day drama. Nature has to try that little bit harder, of course, when it rivals such luxury and comfort. Stone staircases, wrought iron chandeliers and sumptuous textiles all add atmosphere to this Portuguese jewel.

Château de Mirambeau, France

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French castles come in the form of fancy châteaux, and they don’t come much fancier than this Renaissance gem. The manor’s elegance and serenity belies a checkered history that has seen numerous attacks, devastating fires and a spell of State ownership after the French Revolution. Count Charles Nicolas Duchâtel rebuilt the place in the early 19th century and a major 21st-century renovation saw the castle become one of Sorgente Group’s most sought-after properties.

Schloss Leopoldskron, Austria

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Palatial Schloss Leopoldskron was the work of Prince Leopold Anton Freiherr von Firmian – how’s that for a name? – when he built it as his family home in the 18th century. More famously, in 1918 it was bought by theater impresario Max Reinhardt, who lovingly restored it and came up with the idea of a Salzburg Festival within its walls. Fittingly, it was a filming location for the iconic movie The Sound of Music and features on many of the city’s themed tours. But to venture inside, you need to book a stay at this magnificent castle located at the edge of one of Austria’s most enchanting cities.

Castello dal Pozzo, Italy

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Castello dal Pozzo sits on top of a hill overlooking Lake Maggiore and the interiors of this boutique hotel more than match up to the delightful setting. The Visconti family built this romantic castle in the 18th century. The Dal Pozzos have owned it for six generations and go out of their way to ensure that anyone who stays there feels like family. Glittering chandeliers, lavish curtains and cut glass crystal at the table create a luxurious feeling that ensure every guest at this hotel is pampered as befits their location.

Dalhousie Castle, Scotland

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Scotland’s oldest castle started life as the ancestral seat of the Ramsay Clan. Over its 700-year history, Dalhousie Castle has enjoyed Royal patronage – King Edward I and Queen Victoria have both stayed here – as well as a who’s who of the well-to-do and the influential, from Oliver Cromwell to Sir Walter Scott. These days, it could be you who gazes out over its turrets and towers and discovers its passageways, secret hiding places and even its dungeon.

Thorskogs Slott, Sweden

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Thorskogs Castle lies in a verdant setting, amidst English-style gardens near the Göta Älv River just north of the city of Gothenburg. It opened its doors as a hotel in the mid-1980s with a guest list that reads like a who’s who of world statesmen: George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, John Major, Benazir Bhutto and FW de Klerk. There’s been a manor house on this site since the 18th century, but the current building was originally the home of successful shipping magnate Petter Larson and dates from 1892.

Hever Castle, England

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Hever Castle dates back to the 13th century and today remains one of England’s finest castles. It’s everything you dream a castle should be: crenellated, moated and of course, haunted. Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, lived here as a child. A tour of the castle’s fascinating interior will reveal treasures such as fine tapestries, antique furniture, a wonderful collection of Tudor portraits and even Anne’s own prayer books. We can thank William Waldorf Astor for restoring the house and opening the Astor Wing for visitors to stay and become part of English history.

Parador de Cardona, Spain

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Around 85km from Barcelona you’ll find the Parador de Cardona. This beautiful hotel occupies a mediaeval 9th-century castle positively dripping with secrets from the past. The castle boasts a resident ghost – if you’re easily spooked, don’t book room 712 where a poltergeist has a penchant for moving the furniture. Décor has been carefully thought through so that heritage features such as the towers and gothic adornments are allowed to shine, but they’re knocked out of the park by the incredible view over the town and surrounding countryside.

Stahleck Castle, Germany

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If you’ve read this far and are bemoaning the fact that your paltry travel budget won’t stretch to castle living, Stahleck Castle will be your lifeline. This 12th-century castle, perched on a crag overlooking the breathtaking Lorelei Valley, is actually a hostel. Outside, there’s even a moat, a rare sight when it comes to German castles. Though it looks authentic, the castle is a sympathetic 20th-century reconstruction, but with dorm beds going for less than €25, who’s complaining?

Enthusiastic advocate for independent travel and passionate geographer, Julia considers herself privileged to earn a living doing something she loves. When not roaming the globe, you’ll find her windswept but smiling, chatting away to her two dogs as they wander the Essex marshes.

5 Places You Should Live If You Love to Travel

I’ve roamed the length and breadth of the globe for work and pleasure, but after racking up well over a hundred countries, I can honestly say there’s no place like home. That said, it would be pretty hard being a travel writer if home wasn’t within striking distance of several international airports, well served by public transport and close to a couple of major motorways. If, like me, your life revolves around your next trip, here are five places to live if you love to travel.

London, England

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Despite the noise, overcrowding and pollution, London positively oozes style, sophistication and sass. Culturally diverse, it has a glut of bars, restaurants, museums and theaters. Not for nothing do they still repeat the old adage “when a man is tired of London, he’s tired of life”, though in the 21st century city it applies to all genders. The job market’s buoyant and wages are significantly higher than the UK average which helps mitigate the higher cost of living. Contrary to what northerners will tell you, Londoners are friendly, witty and have a sarcastic but self-deprecating sense of humor.

Now for travel. Jump on the train and you can be in Paris in a little over two hours. With not one but six international airports within less than an hour of its heart, jetting off to just about anywhere is possible. Amsterdam’s closer than Edinburgh, New York’s achievable in seven hours and even far-flung destinations like Australia are less than a day away.

Atlanta, United States

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Atlanta is one of the hottest cities in the U.S. right now, and for good reason. Between the numerous Fortune 500 company headquarters and its thriving film scene, Atlanta is a hotspot for tech, business and entertainment. The cost of living is less than the national average, and with hiking trails, historic neighborhoods, museums and blossoming culinary scene, it’s no wonder the metro area saw the third highest population gain in 2018.

For travelers, Atlanta’s shining star is the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — the largest in the country and one of the busiest in the world. With direct flights to almost every destination imaginable, jetting around the world is made easy for local Atlantans. If you don’t want to fly, Atlanta is an easy drive from the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, not to mention a mere four hours from musical Nashville.

Vienna, Austria

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Oh, Vienna! In 2018, the Austrian capital clinched the top spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s World’s Most Liveable Cities, knocking Melbourne down and scoring maximum points for stability, healthcare, education and infrastructure. It once again dominated the 2019 Mercer Quality of Living Survey, a broader index that factors in political stability, crime, personal freedoms, healthcare, education, housing, recreation and public transport. The city has a thriving music and arts scene with plenty of palaces and museums to explore on your days off. Best of all there’s a lively café culture – reside there and you can claim Sachertorte as your own! If you can drag yourself away, its central location means you can reach Bratislava by rail in an hour, Budapest in less than three and Prague or Munich in just four.

Singapore

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This clean and orderly Asian city placed second after Tokyo in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities list in 2017. Singapore’s multiculturalism manifests itself in a city dominated by Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian and Peranakan communities – its diversity is its strength. In addition, the city has a large expat community, drawn by its low rates of taxation and attractive salary packages. Travel to and from Singapore is as easy as it is within it. Asia’s nations, with their history, culture and natural attractions are all straightforward to reach by air from the award-winning Changi Airport, routinely voted the world’s best airport. Weekend in Bali, anyone?

Minneapolis, United States

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Winter in Minneapolis can be harsh, but if we’re talking about cities for travel addicts then that’s not going to be much of a problem as they’re not going to stick around to moan about it. The airport representing Minnesota’s twin cities punches well above its weight when it comes to its flight schedule, giving Chicago O’Hare a run for its money. Its northerly location makes Canada a breeze, but you’ll also find international flights departing for destinations as diverse as Mexico City, Seoul and Paris. Shop ‘til you drop at the Mall of America and spend your evenings discovering a thriving craft beer scene – don’t be put off by names like Dangerous Man Brewing Co and Surly Brewing Co. The “City of Lakes” (there are 22 of them to enjoy) is also a great place for runners and cyclists, though you don’t have to be either to appreciate the beauty of Minnehaha Falls, a proper waterfall right in the heart of the city.

Enthusiastic advocate for independent travel and passionate geographer, Julia considers herself privileged to earn a living doing something she loves. When not roaming the globe, you’ll find her windswept but smiling, chatting away to her two dogs as they wander the Essex marshes.