Valley of the Seven Castles

On March 16, 2010, the Duchy of Luxembourg released a pair of stamps portraying six castles along the Eisch (Äisch in Luxembourgish) — a river flowing through Belgium and Luxembourg, joining the Alzette on its left in Mersch. The Luxembourgish part of the Eisch is informally known as the “Valley of the Seven Castles”, for the seven castles that line its route.  I’m not sure why Entreprise des … Continue reading Valley of the Seven Castles

Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman Irish castle in Northern Ireland, situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It sits on the north shore of Belfast Lough, 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Belfast. The town had a population of 27,903 at the 2011 Census. It is County Antrim’s oldest town and one of the oldest towns in Ireland as a whole. Besieged … Continue reading Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland

Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about one kilometer (0.6 miles) off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 100 hectares (247 acres) in area. As of 2009, the island had a population of 44. The Mont has a circumference of about 960 meters (3,150 feet) and its highest point is 92 meters … Continue reading Le Mont-Saint-Michel

National Palace of Antigua Guatemala

The National Palace of Antigua, or Palacio Nacional de Antigua, is located in the Central Square of Antigua, Guatemala. Antigua is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. … Continue reading National Palace of Antigua Guatemala

Peel Castle on the Isle of Man

Peel Castle (Cashtal Purt ny h-Inshey in Manx Gaelic) is a castle in Peel on the Isle of Man, originally constructed by Vikings. The castle stands on St Patrick’s Isle which is connected to the town by a causeway. It is now owned by Manx National Heritage and is open to visitors during the summer. Peel (Purt ny h-Inshey in Manx, meaning Port of the … Continue reading Peel Castle on the Isle of Man

The Thai Grand Palace — Thailand #561 (1970)

The body of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, has been lying-in-state at Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat (พระที่นั่งดุสิตมหาปราสาท) throne hall within the compound of Bangkok’s Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวัง — Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) since it was moved from Sirioj Hospital on the evening of October 14, 2016, a day following his death at the age of 88 years old. In just … Continue reading The Thai Grand Palace — Thailand #561 (1970)

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace — Thailand #1114 (1985)

Royal residences of the Chakri Dynasty are scattered throughout Thailand and include the Grand Palace, nineteen royal palaces (พระราชวัง — phra ratcha wang — official residences of His Majesty the King and uparaja stipulated as such by royal decree) and other palaces (วัง — wang) used by the king or other members of the royal family. The Bureau of the Royal Household administers and manages several current … Continue reading Bang Pa-In Royal Palace — Thailand #1114 (1985)