Castillo de Sagunto, Spain

Saguntocastle

Sagunto Castle, Spain.

This cactus-embraced castle presides over the small and very ancient town of Sagunto, Spain. Founded by the Romans in 219 BC, over time this town has been home to the Romans, the Arian Visigoths, the Muslims from Northern Africa, the Castilians, James I of Aragon, the French (oh Napoleon) and is now a Spanish town in the province of Valencia. The castle itself, while somewhat ruinous, is an interesting mix of Roman and Moorish design and is in a decent state for its age. And of course it’s always a great photo-op! As this was very close to my former home in Spain, I was a repeat visitor to this place.  I used it as a place to relax, siesta, read books, paint, draw, picnic, or simply enjoy the view.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague

Prague, Czech Republic.

Prague is easily one of Europe’s prettiest cities, and with views such as this one, who can judge? It’s been around for 1,100 years, it’s the 14th largest city in the European Union, and was once the the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors, so by extension, the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It is also a UNESCO site, and is the 6th most visited city in Europe. Outside of all that, it affords views such as this one, which can be seen from a quiet little vista point behind Prague Castle.  Sit down on the thousand year old wall, let the sun fill the valley, let the light bounce off Prague’s roofs and stay awhile because you don’t see view like this just any old day…It’s like magic!