Waldsassen Abbey is the Fairy Tale Library You Need to Visit

Waldsassen Abbey is the Fairy Tale Library You Need to Visit

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From the outside, you might not guess that this humble nunnery nestled in Bavaria, Germany houses one of the most beautiful libraries you’ve ever seen!   Image via Bavaria.by   The abbey was originally founded all the way back in 1147, but in the nineteenth century it was bought out and converted into a cotton factory. However, in 1863 a group of Cistercian nuns bought it back and began restoring the Abbey to its former glory.   Image via trover.com     The library was built in 1724-6. Karl Stilp, a local sculptor from the 18th century, created the intricate …

The Best Summer Vacation Locations From Your Favorite Books!

The Best Summer Vacation Locations From Your Favorite Books!

It’s getting hotter… and so is our burning desire to run off to some beach and leave our real lives behind! Okay—realistically, most of us have some financial and scheduling limitations when it comes to our plans. But that’s no excuse for missing out on a great book. (Spoiler alert: there actually is no good excuse.) So whether your escape is already on the calendar or purely hypothetical, it’s time to pick a vacation destination. More importantly, it’s time to pick the perfect book for your travels.   Gif Via Real Simple   No matter how fantastic, we love when …

Hogwarts Voted #1 Among Top 10 Castles Children Want to Visit

Hogwarts Voted #1 Among Top 10 Castles Children Want to Visit

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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was chosen as the number one castle children most want to visit even though it doesn’t technically exist at all.   English Heritage, a non-profit organization who manages, and helps celebrate, historic buildings in England recently did a survey where they asked 1,000 children between the ages of six and sixteen to name their top ten castles they most wished to visit (if they could).   Perhaps unsurprisingly, over half of the answeres listed fictional castles, some of which include iconic Disney princess castles such as Cinderella’s castle. In a surprise twist, however, Hogwarts bypassed Cinderella’s castle as …

Get Your Summer Fiction Fix With These 6 Romances Set Abroad

Get Your Summer Fiction Fix With These 6 Romances Set Abroad

Summer is just about upon us, and we’re running out of time (and money, don’t forget money) to book those much longed-for vacations to far flung locations, but never fear! We’ve got the the perfect way to visit those exotic destinations you’ve been dreaming of, without the extra expense. Live out your summer romance fantasies with these six gorgeous romance novels set abroad!    Enter for a Chance to Win Mia Sheridan’s ‘More Than Words’ and ‘Most of all You’ Plus a Beautiful Lunchbox+Notebook Set!    1. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton   Image Via Goodreads   After the …

We Have a Feeling This Harry Potter Cruise Is Right up Your Diagon Alley!

We Have a Feeling This Harry Potter Cruise Is Right up Your Diagon Alley!

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Harry Potter fans of the world, rejoice! Just when you thought the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located at Universal Studios in Orlando, was as good as it’d get, this new thing came along! This summer, set sail on a brand-spanking new Harry Potter adventure: a themed cruise down the Thames River where guests will visit major filming locations used in the eight films.    Image Via NYDailyNews   The Barge Ladies cruise company are behind this week-long extravaganza aptly named “The Harry Potter Magic Cruise.” Its prospective dates will be August 5th – 11th and August 19th – 25th. The same …