Real Life Fairytale Places

At the beginning of every year I plan, or rather plan to plan. But unofficially I dream of escape, and having cut my literary teeth on fairytales and fantasies, it’s fairytale settings like these I long to visit, or even make my home in. Say, a cozy English cottage or a charming 300 room French castle. One of these places, MacLachlan Castle in Scotland, is my family’s ancestral home. And it’s for sale! But it’s a wee bit beyond this laddie’s budget (a wee million £). So it’s back to writing I go. Oh, who am I kidding? I live to tell stories… It’s where all the best adventures happen!

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“The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.”
~W.H. Auden

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”
~Judith Thurman

                “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~Marcel Proust

“Into the woods, each time you go,
there’s more to learn of what you know…
Into the woods, then out of the woods–
and happy ever after!”
~Stephen Sondheim

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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44 Responses to Real Life Fairytale Places

  1. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  2. Okay – I’m off to check my savings account – I want to go to all of those places.

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  3. rabirius says:

    Some beautiful places you collected here.

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  4. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I will be spending a month in Heidelberg, Germany this summer and hope to visit as many castles as possible!

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  5. Heidi Viars says:

    You made me homesick … the Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) is only 45 minutes from my mom and dad’s place, where I grew up.

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  6. boromax says:

    Amazing collection! Can’t wait to see what awaits us “in that bright land where we’ll never grow old”!

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  7. Beautiful, fairytale castles, and dreamer in me is awake again 🙂

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  8. Bill Sweeney says:

    Maybe we can all pitch in and buy your family castle 🙂

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  9. We have a castle where I live. I used to work in the kitchen. It’s famous for being haunted, a bit comical, because it is probably the least haunted place in town. I would know, I am a big chicken, and working nights, I often had to run down to the basement in the dark. If there was a self respecting ghost anywhere in that place, it would have gotten me already. 🙂

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  10. Erika Kind says:

    So many magical places. I have been to some of them but there are so many gems to still be explored. What a wonderful collection, Mitch.

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  11. grumpygorman says:

    Great read. I’ve rediscovered my connection to childhood magic as of late and it got me thinking that human life has three stages, “seeing life through the eyes of a child”, then “seeing life through the eyes of an adult” then the third, “seeing life as an adult through the eyes of a child” A life built on magic thought, is a magic life. 🙂 Thanks for this.

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  12. So many reminders of all the time I entered houses and castles and hollowed trees in my favorite Grimm’s fairy tales.

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  13. Incredible post with stunning photos of such mystical places! Indeed, when I toured 2000 miles around Ireland, I came to understand it was truly the land of fairy tales as well. Enchanting places.

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  15. Jennie says:

    Thanks so much, Mitch!

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  16. E says:

    Adventure awaits! It’s good to be reminded there’s a big world to explore beyond all the bummer headlines.

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  17. Kathy says:

    I’ve been to both Colmar and Mont Saint Michel and they are very different but both well worth a visit. In Colmar is the Isenheim Altarpiece by Grunewald–beautiful and moving paintings of Christ’s life, preserved through wars and now on display in a convent turned art museum. All just a high-speed day trip from Paris! And Mont Saint Michel is awe-inspiring for so many reasons-not to mention all it took just to build it!!!

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  18. Kathy says:

    I didn’t get to visit these sorts of places until the last few years, so now and especially as an art teacher, I think I appreciate them more than I would have earlier in my life. I visit places like Mont Saint Michel or Colmar and pinch myself to believe I’m really there and thank God for such a wonderful blessing!

    It was fun to see that you included Colmar. Most people have never heard of it, and it’s a charming town with old buildings with crazy decorations and a short but pretty canal. And the altarpiece is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! I posted its Christmas picture and ones from the Resurrection last year on my blog.

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  19. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I’ll take one of those cozy cottages, please! Imagine living several months each year in one of those idyllic, fairy-tale villages–a lovely daydream!

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  20. caden738 says:

    That place in Florence, actually looks very beautiful and incredible. I wonder who the architect of it was.

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  21. What a great collection….meet you in the turret room of castle…..

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  22. Liz D says:

    Such beautiful pictures and places!

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  23. sangita2020 says:

    Beautiful. I have a fascination for castles too.

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