Real Fairy-Tale Castles That Your Kids Will Love to Visit

They are not just in the cartoons and theme parks! These beautiful Disney castles do exist in reality! Where do you think Disney got an inspiration from?! Let us have a look at some of the amazing properties that provide an inspiration for those castles and palaces featured in both Disney’s movies and theme parks.

1. Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

 

According to the castle’s website, this palace was opened to the public in 1886, which was 7 weeks after the death of Kind Ludwig II, and now receives as many tourists as 1.4 million per year. This castle has featured in a few movies and was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. After a trip to Europe, Walt Disney was totally inspired to build this Disney theme park castle.

2. The Taj Mahal in India

The Taj Mahal in India

Getting a little bit closer to the Philippines, it is the Taj Mahal in India. This is where a 10 year old girl would love to live like Princess Jasmine! It is a place where your little girl will feel closer to being a princess. Other than that, your kids will get closure to a rich history of the castle and India, which will truly amaze them! The Taj Mahal – mostly white in color, which resembling the white marble of the real life mausoleum in India. This real castle is an inspiration for the Sultan’s Palace in Aladdin.

3. Alcázar of Segovia in Spain

Alcázar of Segovia in Spain

This place is a UNESCO world heritage site! It is shaped like the bow of ship. Most importantly, this palace is an inspiration for the Cinderella Castle, every girls’ favorite princess story. It is also a centerpiece of 2 Disney theme parks, the Magic Kingdom in the US and Tokyo Disneyland. Don’t you want your girls to feel like a Cinderella once in their life? It can happen here.

4. Ice Hotel in Quebec

Ice Hotel in Quebec

The interior of this Ice Hotel or Hotel de Glace in French inspired the ice palace in Frozen. Frozen is one of Disney’s most memorable movies in recent times. Not that this hotel is just an inspiration but it is also only one of a kind in North America!

5. Transylvanian Castle in Romania

Transylvanian Castle in Romania

This Romanian castle has inspired the classic novel Dracula, the Transylvanian vampire. Surely you do not want to scare the young kids but maybe for the grown kids, this castle will be interesting to explore and learn where the Dracula once lived!

There are many more real castles that inspired Disney movies and novels, for instance Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle inspired the fortress described in Stoker’s novel. Therefore, if you are planning your next family holiday trip, keep those mentioned castles in mind. We guarantee your kids will be very happy and surprised to see them!

Source: www.lamudi.com.ph

 

 

 

 

Online Halloween Contest 2014

Tick-Tock! Tick Tock! Halloween is just a few days away and I bet most of you, parents, have several Halloween parties to attend to with your kiddos. But what about those who have no time to go out? Well, you don’t have to let this year pass without doing the traditional Trick or Treat!

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Best Things to Do When the Kids Have Gone to Bed

Any household with children is a beehive of activity until that time every night when the kids are put to bed. The house becomes quiet and provides parents with some time to do what they want. While some parents may be tempted to use this time to complete household chores, spending it on themselves is probably a better idea to keep them refreshed. There are many different activities in which they can participate.

Playing online casino games at sites such as http://www.mobilecasinoaustralia.com.au is a fun way to enjoy the time after the kids are in bed. Many parents find it virtually impossible to go out to a land based casino for the evening. It’s always a chore to make arrangements for a sitter and then there is getting ready to go out. Parents find it just as satisfying to gamble within their own home and in their pyjamas if they so choose. Parents can play together on one device or use different ones to play against each other. Online casinos do offer some lucrative bonuses which can permit parents to even play for free.

Some parents may prefer something a little more romantic. Dancing can be a fun activity to enjoy while getting a little exercise. It doesn’t matter what kind of dancing. It can include slow moving music or faster tunes. Some parents may find slow dancing to be more relaxing to them. Of course, simply lounging around the house watching a movie or television can also be a nice way to relax. To add a little ambience, some parents may turn the lights down and light some candles. Adding a glass of wine or another preferred spirit can help make the evening at home even better. The nice thing about staying in for the evening, no worries about dress codes so wearing comfy sweats or pyjamas can occur.

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“I don’t believe in tooth fairies anymore!” my daughter said. Then my son came in and blurted out his sentiments too. “The tooth fairy just got my tooth but she never gave me anything in return!” And I was left with nothing to say because it was all my fault.

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Summer Classes: Prelude to Formal Preschool

In preparation for my daughter’s formal class in Preschool this year, we enrolled her in a summer class so she can be familiar with other kids who are  also just learning to read and write.

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