With trips to Scotland, Ireland, London, Germany, Austria and Florida - yes, Florida - 2012 seemed to be a year of castles. There were ancient ones, crumbling ones and even one owned by a mouse. Not surprisingly, most of my favorite photos from the past year had something to do with these palatial residences. Even the pictures that aren't of actual castles, represent places or things that a king would probably like to have in or around his home: firearms, beverages, music, carnivals and a space shuttle. OK, so some things don't exactly fit the castle theme but if you were a rich monarch with unlimited resources, what kind of transportation would you want?
Here are my top twelve travel photos of 2012, an homage to some of the most amazing, fantastical locales I've ever visited. Whether strolling through the medieval graveyard at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Scotland, listening to an up-and-comer at Tootsie's in Nashville or sipping a pint atop the Guinness factory in Dublin, 2012 afforded me a lifetime of memories, great stories and of course, amazing photos.
Here's to a great 2012 and looking forward to seeing where the New Year takes me.
St. Andrews Cathedral Graveyard, St. Andrews, Scotland
A Disney Christmas
Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Civil War Canon
Antietam Battlefield, Maryland
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A Tribute Bell
Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts
The King's Summer Home
Hohenschwangau Castle, as seen from Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
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Ferris wheel on Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
A Lucky Pint
A couple pints of Guinness in Dublin, Ireland
Lights of Broadway
Music and bars on Broadway, Nashville, TN
Space Shuttle Discovery, Air & Space Museum Hangar, Virginia
Lake Konigsee, Berchtesgaden, Germany
I Spy an Irish Castle
Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara, Ireland
Sunset on the Eastern Shore, St. Michael's Maryland