Elora Holt

I am a part-time personal assistant & part-time freelance writer/editor. Full-time architecture geek, especially Gothic & Art Nouveau varieties - the quickest way to convince me to travel is to describe the architecture of the local (not that it will take much effort, I have a bucket list of locations that will take a lifetime). I’m a design geek as well, so my long-term focus is to work in 3D architectural rendering. But in the meantime, I’m enjoying grabbing a cup of coffee and writing about castles around Europe!

Latest Author's Articles

The Tower of London – A Panorama of History

Standing on the staircase into the White Tower (the Tower of London: the central keep), the panorama to your left catches the history of...

Cardiff Castle – Welsh History Incarnate (History & Travel Tips)

Cardiff Castle, located in the middle of Wales’ largest city, is a Roman fort turned Medieval fortress-castle turned Neo-Gothic wonder–well worth a visit for...

Explore Old Maps of Ireland (From 15th to 21st Century)

Ordnance Survey Ireland has been responsible for gathering info and building the official map of Ireland used for government business since the office’s origination...

Spiez Castle – Swiss Beauty (History & Travel Tips)

Spiez Castle, or Schloss Spiez in German, is a beautiful castle overlooking Lake Thun in the Canton of Bern. A charming blend of traditional...

Oberhofen Castle – Lakeside Romantic (History & Travel Tips)

Oberhofen Castle is a beautiful castle right on the shore of Lake Thun, Switzerland (literally, one of the castle towers is actually in the...

Dublin Castle – Ireland’s Administrative Heart (History & Travel Tips)

Dublin Castle is a particularly interesting melange of architectural styles grouped together in (what is now) the center of Dublin City. From Viking-era ramparts...

Blarney Castle – Home of the Stone of Eloquence (History & Travel Tips)

Blarney Castle is best known as the home of the Blarney Stone, granted to Cormac MacCarthys. He was the original builder of the Blarney...

Kilkenny Castle – Protector of the River Nore (History & Travel Tips)

Kilkenny Castle is one of the largest and most historically influential castles in Ireland. It has withstood sieges in two different civil wars while...

Heidelberg Castle – Renaissance & Ruins (History & Travel Tips)

Heidelberg Castle is a beautiful conglomerate of historical eras set on a hillside overlooking the German town of Heidelberg. There has been a castle...

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