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  • The Historic (and Haunted) Seelbach Hotel

    Louisville, Kentucky has been a major southern hub since it was founded in the late 1770s. Around the turn of the 20th century, the city was a thriving industrial center. Brothers Louis and Otto Seelbach saw the city’s importance and made it their mission to start a grand hotel similar to those in Venice and Paris. The Seelbach Hotel was born and has inspired great writers, hosted gangsters, and was…

  • Get Spooked by History and Haunts at the Hermitage | Her Life in Ruins

    Get Spooked by History and Haunts at the Hermitage

    I love a good historical site, and that love is magnified when it’s a Presidential historical site. Throw in some haunted stuff and man I’m basically head over heels. All three of these loves magnificently merged at the Ghost Tours at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage near Nashville, Tennessee. My 90-ish minutes on this tour were some of the most fun, informative, and spooky moments in quite some time. The tour is…

  • Pamplona's City Walls: Remnants of the Middle Ages | Her Life in Ruins

    Pamplona’s City Walls: Remnants of the Middle Ages

    When you think of Pamplona, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the famous Running of the Bulls (San Fermin) that takes place each July. You probably don’t know, though, that this city has one of the most sprawling and well preserved medieval fortress complexes in all of Europe! Pamplona’s City Walls stretch 5km around the Casco Viejo (Old Town) and offer breathtaking views of the newer parts…

  • Muiderslot Castle: A Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

    Spending a week of my summer in the Netherlands was one of my greater decisions. The weather was great, it wasn’t too crowded, and we were able to visit tons of cute places around the country! One such place was Muiderslot, a medieval castle dating to 1280 AD. Muiderslot stands in Muiden at the mouth of the Vecht River, only about 15km from Amsterdam! It’s the perfect way to spend…

  • An Afternoon at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

    I remember the first time I visited Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. I was probably 10 or 11 years old and my grandmother and mom took my sister and me on our way to visit family in Danville. There were farm animals, really cool old houses, and lots of incredible music. I had always looked back on that trip fondly. Fast forward a little over a decade and my grandmother…