My other half stated that this blog is slowly becoming a ‘Castle’ blog as castles are slowly dominating our pages! And he’s very right! It’s one of the main reasons why I visit Europe so often! The architecture just takes my breath away, especially the castles. This one in particular was a standout. Not only is the castle beautifully designed in art deco style, the surrounding garden is absolutely stunning as well.

We were on our way to one of our favourite places, Bamberg, when we decided to take a detour and finally visit the castle which we always saw from the autobahn. It’s amazing how many beautiful castles there are in Germany, most of them are free for you to wander around. Some will charge a small fee for guided tours which take you inside of the castles but for those like us, who have seen so many castle interiors already, we just like to wander around the grounds.

This is Schloss Seehof. It’s the summer residence of the Bamberg Prince-Bishops. Built in 1686, this castle has been restored and is now used as the Bavarian State Conservation Office. There are rooms there which can be hired for events. I’d love to photograph a wedding there! There are endless beautiful photo backdrops.

Stroll around and you’ll come across well manicured hedges which are shaped into arches. Sandstone sculptures, by Ferdinand Tietz, are spread all over the gardens. There is a gorgeous fountain which suddenly sprung to life and caught us by surprise as we started our photo shoot there. Some sculptures sit in a building near the main entrance, possibly for protection or are awaiting some restoration.

I am wearing: Elm’s subtropic dress

On this particular day, I’m wearing Elm’s Subtropic dress in magenta from their latest summer range. Originally, I’d planned on doing a photo shoot for this dress in Bamberg but the detour saw me floating around a castle in it. Not only are Elm dresses beautiful in design, they are super comfortable to wear. I’ve got a few in my collection! What I love about this Subtropic dress is that it’s Elm’s signature shift with slightly longer sleeves. I do love how it can be worn off the shoulder slightly. A bare shoulder is very feminine.

 The shoe trend 2014/2015 – flats

Lately, I’ve been living in flat lace-ups or ballet flats. This season has seen flat shoes very popular with the fashionistas. There are many out there, including myself, who are breathing a sigh of relief and embracing the flat shoes after so many years of beautiful but uncomfortable high heels. These silver shoes are from Zara.

Stay tuned as more castles are on their way to this blog!

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