Hermann Göring’s Castle, Mauterndorf

 
Mauterndorf Castle. Lungau, Salzburg, Austria.

Every old castle would like to have its own ghost. You are boring without a ghost or dramatic history. The castle of Mauterndorf in Austria was not lucky. It never resisted a cruel siege and never had an imprisoned princess or mysterious lady. There was no murder or suicide inside its walls, and its owners were not famous people, except for one—Hermann Göring, Reichsmarschall of Nazi Germany. “OK. Why not?” the castle thought. “Let him be my ghost. By the way, I am almost 800 years old, and in such a ripe old age, it’s a shame not to have a ghost. What will tourists think about me?”

As usual, we decided to visit Mauterndorf Castle in the low season, in winter, to explore it without witnesses, and were right to do that. We enjoyed its Medieval atmosphere in solitude. Mauterndorf is a museum. It is inhabited by wax figures of Medieval traders, musicians, bishops, and knights. They come alive at night and share their daily impressions of the visitors to their castle.

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A Dreamboat of Photographers—Alcazar of Segovia

 

Alcazar of Segovia, Spain.

Alcazar of Segovia, Spain.

Alcazar of Segovia (alcazar means fortress or castle in Arabic) is a very talented and skillful photo model. It does not need your directions what pose to take, where to place the hands, how to hold its head, and in what direction to look. You raise your camera, and it immediately presents one of its numerous and always beautiful angles. This castle is able to deal with light, virtually attracting it to its side. Whether it is sunrise or sunset, cloudy or clear blue sky, Alcazar of Segovia always appears before you in the best light.

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Let Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau be the Only Hospital in Your Life

 

Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Barcelona, Spain.

Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Barcelona, Spain.

Who wants to go to a hospital? No one, because the term “hospital” is strongly associated with pain, illness, and death. Nevertheless, today, I will send you to the hospital, more precisely the former hospital, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain. Why am I so cruel? Because it will be the most beautiful hospital you have ever seen in your life.

At this time, our plan in Barcelona was not oversaturated. We wanted to take photographs inside the Sagrada Familia; to visit Gaudi’s other masterpiece, the crypt; and at last to look at his Casa Vicens. We knew that some hospital listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site was located one kilometer away from our apartments, but all except the Gaudi sites were not very important to us.

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