Gutenberg Castle in Balzers, Liechtenstein

In July, I took a trip I’ve been dreaming about most of my life: I went to Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Despite the heat wave and lack of air conditioning, it was still an incredible adventure. We sped along the Autobahn, toured Mozart’s house, saw where they filmed the Sound of Music, made out like bandits at a Birkenstock outlet, and saw LOTS of castles. The Winged series is set in an old stone castle, so I was eager to see how accurate my descriptions were. In general, the castles were colder, damper, and rougher to the touch than I had expected. Their imposing facades reminded me that they were built for war, not fairy tales. Despite that, I’ve happily gone right back to writing my fairy story set in a castle (reality be danged!).