Five times the Fine Dining Experience in London!

One of the great things about traveling is the chance to experience different cultures around the world first hand, and there are few better ways to do that then to take a bite of someone’s food. Like music, food is a universal language. We all eat, we enjoy food in vastly different ways, and one person’s supreme meal is another person’s garbage.  I have been doing a lot of research lately when it comes to the highlights of the world, and quite a bit of that time has been devoted to various eateries. Today we’ll be going to London Englandwhere the food is delicious five times over!

The Five Fields is an exquisite restaurant that is one of the best regarded places to eat in all of London, which is no easy feat to manage. The two principle food makers, Chef Patron Taylor Bonnyman and Head Chef Marguerite Keogh, offer up, in their own words, “elegant and playful modern British cooking with an emphasis on native British artisanal produce.” The pair of them have worked in some of the best kitchens in London, New York, and Paris to bring together influences that dazzle the senses and put on full display the wide breadth of amazing ingredients they use. Their aim is to strike a balance between indulgence and fresh simplicity, and according to just about everyone who stops in they do an amazing job of it. The dining room is magnificently done as well, creating an intimate space that takes inspiration from the flora of the surrounding area with the pale green and ivory colors dominating the room. The restaurant is renowned for its atmosphere and great service, with a very friendly wait staff who are exceptionally attentive to guest’s needs. If you’re interested in dining here make sure you book a table quickly, as you won’t be able to just walk in and get one off the street, the demand is quite high!

 

 

Of course, atmosphere and friendliness of staff wouldn’t mean a whole lot if the food wasn’t delicious. I’m going to be anti-climactic: the food is amazingly well regarded and all anyone who eats here appears capable of talking about even days after they have finished dining here. Meals are served in three courses with a starter, a main, and a dessert. One of the more popular starters is the Rock Pool, which combines smoked eel, Caviar, and Tuna for an amazing and unique seafood blend that makes the mouth water. There is also the very popular Orkney Scallop, which comes from the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Great Britain, which is served with tomatoes, Peaches, and Avocado for a spectacular flavor explosion that is greater than the delicious sum of its parts. As for mains many people rave about their John Dory, which is a brilliant combination of chickpea, chorizo, and a surprisingly delectable octopus! Don’t be shy about giving it a try, it gets rave reviews! The desserts are delectable as well, with the Ginger option that comes with plums and vanilla ice cream being a huge hit. If you aren’t looking for anything too sweet they also offer a selection of amazing British and Irish cheeses, which again are extremely beloved! There aren’t many items on the movie that aren’t pleasing to taste though, so if you stop in let your heart and stomach guide your path. They also have a very fine cocktail menu, which I am sure is relevant to a lot of people!

 

London has a lot to offer any foodie, and this is an amazing restaurant that is guaranteed to not disappoint! Fresh ingredients, superb skill, and a welcoming atmosphere make for an amazing dining experience that people owe to themselves to check out first hand. We’re proud to take our travelers to London as part of our 7 Day Taste of Europe pre-stay which leads into our FABULOUS Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the information on this upcoming trip, please go here.

 

 

 

 

 

Imperial and Religious Landmarks in Rome!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both. Here is a look into Rome, Italy, whose historical significance is unmatched in all of western civilization! 

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is an elliptical amphitheater in the center of the city, and is built of concrete and stone. It is the largest amphitheater ever build and is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of engineering and architecture that the world has ever known. The construction of the building began under the rule of Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and was completed eight years later under his heir Titus. Further additions were made during the reign of Domitian. These three rulers of Rome are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheater got its Latin name for its association with this family. The Colosseum could hold an estimated 80,000 spectators at any one time, having an average audience of about 65,000. It has gained much of its fame due to it being the home of gladiatorial contests but it was home to many public spectacles including dramas based on myths, re-enactments of famous battles, and public executions. After the fall of the Roman Empire the grounds were repurposed in several ways that included being home to a cemetery and many of the spaces were converted into housing and workshops. These days the Colosseum stays partially ruined due to damage from stone-robbers and horrific earthquakes. Even so, it is an iconic symbol of the Roman Empire and is one of the most visited buildings in the entire world, and is by far Rome’s most popular tourist attraction.

The Arcibasilica Papale di San Giovanni in Laterano (English: Papal Archbasilica of St John in the Lateran) is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bistop of Rome, which is the Pope. Due to its distinction as the cathedral for the Bishop of Rome, it ranks above every other Catholic Church and thus is the only one to be named an Archbasilica. It has often been remarked that the building resembles a palace more than any sort of church, with its beautiful Baroque architecture and resplendent artwork strewn all about the building. One of the more amazing pieces of artistry within the building is the statues of the twelve apostles which were commissioned under the rule of Pope Clement XI in the early 18th century, which are beautifully crafted. 

Rome is a fantastic city with a lot of history to offer. It had one of the greatest empires to ever stretch the world, and is home to some of the most devout religious followers in the entire world with splendid buildings to match. You should visit this city, and we’re glad to bring you an amazing trip that can take you all over Italy! For all of the details on what great experiences await you, click here.

 

You’ll WANT to Sleep with the Fishes in Lisbon!

With approximately three weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today we are in Lisbon, Portugal, where there are dazzling sights to see above and below the water!

The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is a museum in Lisbon, containing a wide variety of ancient, as well as modern, art. The Museum was founded according to the last wishes of Calouste Gulbenkian, thus the name of the museum, who died in 1955, to display the man’s rich art collection. The exhibition is distributed in geographical and chronological order to create two separate circuits within the tour as a whole. The first focuses on Greco-Roman art from classical antiquity and delves into Egyptian and Persian art as well. The other highlights European art of all kinds, including paintings and sculptures. The museum has a total collection of around 6000, with about 1000 of that on permanent exhibition.

The Oceanario de Lisboa is an oceanarium of enormous size and stands as the largest indoor aquarium in all of Europe! The amount of marine species is as impressive as the size of the aquarium itself with over 16,000 individuals and 450 species! The main exhibit within the building is a massive 180,000 cubic foot tank with four large acrylic windows located on its sides. Sharks, moray eels, and barracudas can be found swimming in this tank to the delight of many travelers! One of the more interesting aspects of this particular aquarium is the fact that it hosts sunfish, which are rare due to the very demanding conditions it takes to keep them healthy.

Chiado is the name of a square and the surrounding area in the heart of Lisbon. The square is considered a traditional shopping center with a lot of popular retail stores as well as cafes. Culturally speaking it is important, as it hosts a number of museums and theaters that offer a wide variety of entertainment options. It is considered to be one of the hippest areas in the entire city, which is saying something, with wine bars and restaurants that are on the cutting edge of European trends. Make sure to bring your walking shoes though, as exploring this great place takes a fair amount of walking!

 

Lisbon is a beautiful city that like so many of its fellow European cities has an amazing wealth of places to explore and have a great time in! Lisbon is just one of the many fantastic cities that we are going to be visiting as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! The trip is almost here, everyone! For all of the great details on this wonderful trip that’s just around the corner, please go here.

 

 

Amazing Museums in London!

With approximately three weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today’s stop is London, England!

The British Museum is a museum dedicated to culture, art, and the history of humanity. The museum opened in 1759 and was largely based on the collections of the scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The architecture of the building draws obvious inspiration from the ancient Greeks, which was a signature design choice of the architect who designed it. The breadth of its collection is staggering, with over 8 million pieces all told! The size of the collection makes it one of the largest in the entire world as well as one of the most varied, with origins from all continents. The departments within the museum include ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Middle East, and Asia! One of the most famous pieces that is housed there is the Rosetta Stone, pictured above, which was vital to deciphering hieroglyphics.

The Churchill War Rooms is a museum that is comprised of two portions: the first is the Cabinet War Rooms, an underground facility that was home to a British government command center throughout World War II and the Churchill Museum, a biographical museum about the life and times of Winston Churchill. The Cabinet War Rooms were in use from 1939 until August of 1945, when Japan surrendered and effectively ended the Second World War. It was evident after the war that there was historical value to be found in such a command center and the preservation of the site fell to the Ministry of Works before the Department for the Environment took over. The museums opened for the first time in 1984 after years where the sites were not open to the public at all and have since had redevelopments in both 2005 and 2010.

The Wallace Collection is renowned around the world for its wide range of decorative and fine arts from 15th to the 19th centuries. The collection as a whole is split up into 25 large galleries. The museum was established in 1897 with a great deal of the collection coming from the private stores of one Richard Seymour-Conway who left it all to his illegitimate son, Sir Richard Wallace, whose widow gave it all to the nation. The only condition of the act of generosity was that nothing ever leave the collection, even on loan. In total there are over 5,000 pieces now on display, with over 2,000 of that being fine examples of European and Oriental arms and armor! Perhaps the best part of the museum is that admission to this amazing collection is free!

London is a great city with so much history to explore! No matter where you turn there is something fantastic to do there. The museums that were talked about today are just one of the enjoyable aspects of the city! You can enjoy it all as part of the 7 Day Taste of Europe pre-stay as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the information on this stellar trip, go here.

 

Learning to Love the Louvre and the Luxembourg Garden!

With approximately four weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today we talk about Paris, France, where art and nature collide beautifully!

The Louvre is one of the world’s largest and most splendid museums as well as being a prominent historic landmark in Paris. Roughly 35,000 pieces from prehistory all the way up to the 21st century are on exhibit in the museum’s expansive 652,300 square feet! Comfortable walking shoes are a must for anyone who wants to transverse this amazing place! The Louvre also holds the distinction for being the most visited museum in the world and only getting more popular: the past decade has seen the number of visitors annually rise from roughly 8 million to now well over 9 million, with the number expected to continue to rise! Originally the museum opened in 1793 with a scant 537 painting. Throughout the years various kings invested time and resources into expanding the museum as well as a number of donations throughout the years. Some of the most impressive expansions of the collection came during the reign of Napoleon, who through many successful military campaigns managed to acquire a staggering amount of items. Napoleon was also responsible for appointing the museum’s very first director, one Dominique Vivant Denon. These days the collection is divided into eight curatorial divisions: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. By far the most famous piece in the museum, and the most famous painting in the entire world, is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci pictured above. Other famous pieces include “Nike of Samothrace”, a beautiful depiction of the Greek goddess of Victory, and the “Venus de Milo”, an amazing sculpture of the goddess of love that shows the beauty of the female form.

The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Garden, is located in the 6th administrative district in Paris and was formed in 1612 by the window of King Henry IV of France, Marie de’ Medici, for her new residence the Luxembourg Palace. The park covers over 23 hectares and is known for its gorgeous lawns, flowerbeds, and most famously the Medici Fountain, pictured above, which was built in 1630. The garden also features over one hundred states all across its ground. Among these many statues is a central space where twenty figures of French queens and other famous women stand on pedestals. The garden is one of the more popular spots in the entire city and serves as a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of Paris, which can be overwhelming at times for all of its beauty.

Paris is an amazing city, as beautiful as it is interesting, with so much to discover. The Louvre alone could take someone days to explore, much less anything else in this vast city. We love Paris, and it is why we’re so happy to be able to take people there as part of our 7 Day Taste of Europe pre tour as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the information on this great trip, go here.

 

Exploring Amsterdam’s Landmarks!

With approximately six weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time.

The Anne Frank House is a historic house and biographical museum which honors the Jewish wartime diary writer Anne Frank. During the war Anne Frank hid from the Nazis with her family and four other people at the rear of a canal house, known as the Secret Annex. While Anne Frank did not survive the war her diary was published in 1947 to great acclaim. It has been said that Anne Frank represents the millions of lives lost during the holocaust, giving a face and words to an event perhaps too horrible to fully accept at first blush. In 1957 the Anne Frank Foundation was established to protect the house from developers who wanted to demolish it. The house is one of the most well regarded sites in all of Amsterdam, with visitors noting how well the museum retells the history of Anne Frank’s journey. It is also a popular site, with well over a million people visiting it each year.

The Royal Concertgebouw is a concert hall in Amsterdam. Construction of the hall began in 1883, inspired by the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and it opened in 1888 to an inaugural concert which featured 120 musicians and a chorus of 500 singers! In 2013 in honor of the building’s 125th year Queen Beatrix gave the building the Royal Title of “Koninklijk.” The concert hall is considered one of the finest in the entire world due to its very impressive acoustics, being rivaled only by places such as Boston’s Symphony Hall. The main hall seats almost 2,000 people! Nearly a million people visit the hall each year, with nothing but glowing reviews for the amazing sounds produced within its halls.

Royal Palace of Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the country which can be used by the monarchy as per the order of the Parliament. Originally a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, the building became a royal palace of King Louis Napoleon in the early stages of the 19th century, he himself probably most famous for being Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother. When the Netherlands were annexed by France in 1810 it was once again used as a town hall and would not be returned to the Dutch royalty until King William I took the crown.

Amsterdam has a lot of amazing landmarks. Some are filled with a tragic beauty, while others uplift the spirit and remind us of our place in history. Amsterdam is part of our AMAZING 7 Day Taste of Europe pre-tour which leads into our sensational Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the information on this trip, go here.

 

 

Going a nautical mile for fun in Southampton!

With approximately five weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today we stop in Southampton, England, where ships tell the tale! 

The SS Shieldhall is a preserved steamship that operates from the city and is a major tourist attraction! She was built in October 1954 and weighs in at 1,972 tons! Before she was preserved for tourist purposes the boat was used a sludge boat, going regularly from Shieldhall in Glasgow, Scotland down the River Clyde to dump treated sewage sludge at sea. These types of ships regularly welcomed aboard day trippers and parties or passengers who wanted to tour the ships during these trips down river. To accommodate for this the Shieldhall was given open-crank engines which allow passengers to see all of the inner workings, which according to a lot of the people who visit the ship say is really fun. Those who take the day trip these days are allowed to explore all parts of the ship and people remark all the time just how friendly and welcoming all of the crew on board are. From seeing the engines in action up close to going to the bridge and talking to the captain of the ship, there’s a lot of fun to be had on the SS Shieldhall!

 

 

Titanic Engineer Officers Memorial is, as the name suggests, a memorial to the 35 engineer officers who steadfastly stood at their posts as the Titanic was critically struck by an Iceberg in 1912. The monument was unveiled on a sunny day in April of 1914 where over 100,000 people gathered in remembrance of the brave souls who gave their lives to buy the fleeing passengers precious moments to safely get to their lifeboats. The statue consists of bronze and granite and features Nuke, the Greek Winged Goddess of Victory. Many people visit this memorial yearly, and those that do remark how stunning the display is in person. It serves as a haunting reminder of the tragedy that struck so close to the heart of Southampton a century ago, many of those engineers living only a few miles at most away from the monument, and reminds all who visit of the sacrifice that was made.

Southampton is a fun place to explore with a lot of emphasis on the sea and the ocean, as the above locations indicate. We too are interested in the sea! It is why we are proud to present Southampton and so many other places as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! Be sure to check out all of the great information on this exciting trip by going here.

 

 

Architectural Grandeur in Lisbon!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both. Here we take a look at Lisbon, Portugal, whose architecture is second to none!

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is a monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome located near the shore. The monastery is considered to be one of the best examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style, which is the splendid building design that adds touches of ornamentation along with maritime elements to structures, in all of Lisbon. It is a World Heritage Site. The building was completed at the turn of the 17th century and soon after Philip of Spain, the ruling monarch at the time, made the monastery a royal funerary monument which prohibited anyone but the royal family and St Jerome’s monks from entering the building. Four of John IV’s (widely known as John the Restorer for his hand in helping the Portuguese Empire reach its zenith by going to war with Spain) children are buried here. These days it is hailed as one of the most popular destinations in the entire city for its beautiful architecture and its rich history.

Belém Tower, otherwise known as the Tower of St. Vincent, is a fortified tower and like the above monastery is a World Heritage Site. The tower was commisioned by King John II so that it could aid in the defense of the Tagus river and be a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. It is a porminent example of the Portuguese Manueline style of architecture. Throughout the years the tower has had several additions made to it and has had troops stationed within its walls during numerous conflicts, most notably with France. King Miguel I, who ruled in the early 19th century, used the dungeons to imprison political enemies of his so they could not speak out against him any longer. The tower has been considered one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal since 2007.

São Jorge Castle is a Moorish castle which occupies a commanding hilltop which overlooks the historic center of Lisbon and the Tagus River. The fortified citadel has stood since medieval times, and is a very popular tourist attraction in modern day Lisbon! The settlements of the Tagus valley, where the castle is located, date back to the 6th century BC with the hill itself being used in around the 2nd century BC. It was held by the Celtic tribes, the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Carthaginians as a defensible location before the Roman and eventually Moorish peoples took control of it. The castle has been integral in resistance efforts over the centuries, notably against the forces of Castile several times during the 14th century.

The history of Lisbon and its beautiful buildings can match anything that Europe has to offer. One of the great things about going on a trip though is that the cities don’t have to compete for your affection, you can see many of them on our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the information on this great experience, go here.

Taking in Beautiful Barcelona!

With approximately five weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today we marvel at the works in Barcelona, Spain, where the work is Gaudi, not Gaudy! 

The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic Church designed by Antoni Gaudi, a revered architect who designed many builds in the city, and is considered his greatest work. Although the building was never completed it is still a World Heritage Site and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated it. The project began in 1882, and the vision Gaudi laid out was a mixture of Gothic and Art Nouveau forms. Upon Gaudi’s death in 1926 the building was less than a quarter complete and even today, nearly a century later, it remains only half way done. The current plan is for it to be completed in 2026, the centenary of Gaudi’s passing. There has been some debate within the city if this should be so grand as to compete with the city’s cathedral, since the cathedral is the seat of the Bishop. Regardless of what side of that line one might fall on, it is hard to deny Gaudi’s grand vision and the building’s beauty, even in its incomplete state.

Casa Batlló, known locally as Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), is another one Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces. It was redesigned in 1904 by the name and has been refurbished quite a few times since then and is noted for its organic skeletal qualities. A good deal of the facade is made up of a colorful mosaic of broken ceramic tiles that add a vibrant color to the front of the building. One of the more interesting aspects of the building is the arched roof which has been colored and designed in such a way as to represent a dragon. A popular theory is that the rounded feature on the left of the building represents the lance of Saint George which has been speared into the back of the dragon. You won’t find many buildings in the world more visually striking than this treat!

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall designed in the Catalan style by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The building was finished construction in 1908 and it was built for the Orfeó Català, a choral society which was founded in 1891 that was important to the Catalan cultural movement of the time. Since its opening the hall has always given good favor to local composers and artists of the day, believing that this place is a suitable location for burgeoning careers to flourish. The concert hall was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and averages more than half a million people a year who attend the various music performances held there.

The architecture of Barcelona is stunning, and the visionaries behind it leave me speechless with their creativity and the scope of their imagination. Do you want to see Barcelona’s beauty for yourself? We’ve got you covered! Barcelona is part of our 5 Day Taste of Spain Post-Stay at the end of the amazing Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the details on this fantastic trip, go here.

Rocking with Royalty in London!

With approximately six weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! On the agenda for today is London, England, where something historic greets you every time you turn around!

The Tower of London is one of the most famous and important landmarks in all of London. Dating back to 1066, when the Normans conquered the land, this is a big hit with tourists due to the rich history that can be found within the walls. From the long line of the royal family to infamous prisoners and politicians, if the tower walls could talk they would have much to tell. The tower houses the oldest exhibition in the world, the Line of Kings, which features many pieces of armor from the rulers of the past, as well as the world famous Crown Jewels. You can even visit the Traitor’s gate which was the entrance used to move prisoners into the tower by the Tudors. The Jewel Tower also offers a tour that gives a nice historical account in regards to the many famous people who inhabited the building over the years.

Westminster Abbey is a large, Gothic church located just west of the Palace of Westminster. The site that it is built on first had a church in the 7th century, although the present building as we know it today did not begin its construction until 1245. It is widely regarded as one of the most important religious buildings in the United Kingdom and has been the traditional coronation place and burial ground for British monarchs. An interesting aspect to note is that it is no longer technically an abbey or a cathedral, but rather it holds the status of a ‘Royal Peculiar’ which is a church that is ruled directly by the Sovereign. The coronation of monarchs have been held there for nearly 1000 years! Of course, the biggest recent event to be hosted here was the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, and is where the Queen prefers to spend her weekends. It has long been known for its association with the British royal family. The castle was originally built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. It has been occupied since Henry I, over 900 years ago, making it the longest occupied palace in Europe! During the English Civil War the castle was used as military headquarters and was an infamous prison for Charles I. It is described as having some of the most lavish staterooms in the world, and is renowned for its beauty as well as the number of state events that it hosts every year.

London is a truly amazing city with enough sights to visit to last weeks on end. Its rich history and stunning beauty are very evident by all of the great landmarks that it has to offer. We’re very pleased that we are taking you there as a part of our Taste of Europe pre-stay which leads into Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars. For all of the exciting details on this fantastic trip, go here.