Buildings & Architecture Archive

A visit to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

No visit to Barcelona is complete without seeing the works of famed architect Antoni Gaudí. From the lampposts in Plaça Reial to Palau Güell near La Rambla to the expansive Park Güell, Gaudí’s fingerprints are all over Barcelona. His masterpiece is still under construction, over 90 years after his death. This massive church, the Sagrada […]

A day trip from Glasgow to Bothwell Castle

Most visitors to Scotland think of Edinburgh or the Highlands when it comes to seeing historic castles. However, there’s a cool medieval castle right near Glasgow called Bothwell Castle. While it might not have the imposing majesty of Edinburgh or Stirling Castle, it’s a perfect short day trip from Glasgow to Bothwell Castle. Bothwell Castle […]

A visit to the Swedish Royal Palace in Stockholm

As I was walking through Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town, I realized that the Changing of the Guard ceremony was going to be taking place at the Swedish Royal Palace in an hour or so, but there were already large crowds. While I could walk through the area prior to the ceremony, I couldn’t linger for long. It […]

Exploring the Old Town in Riga, Latvia

I arrived in Riga, Latvia early in the morning before my hotel room was ready. I left my suitcase at the hotel, and set off to explore the Old Town for a while. The entire Historic Centre of Riga is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. My first stop was obvious. On my way […]