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Where Life is a Fairy Tale

The world is sprinkled with real, fairy tale towns. Here’s some eye candy for your Monday morning…

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1)Alsace, France. It’s hard to choose just one town in the Grimm’s fairy tale world of France, Germany, and Switzerland. But Alsace and Zermatt (below) seemed reasonable choices.

2) Zermatt, Switzerland.


3) Iceland – anywhere. With its bay of icebergs and tumbled lava fields thick with green moss, it was hard to choose just one photo to represent the “fairyness” of Iceland. JRR Tolkein used it as a setting for Middle Earth. Need I say more? At any rate, I decided to stick with my “built by man” theme.

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4) Tallinn, Estonia. I was a Peace Corps volunteer here in the nineties, and this medieval Hanseatic city with its turrets and winding streets is spectacular.


5) Mont Saint Michel, France. Better travel writers than I have penned odes to this magical island rising off the coast of north-west France.


6) Tbilisi, Georgia (the country, not the US state). Tbilisi’s old town was funky, crooked, and magical when I lived there in the early 2000s. Friends have reported the magic is still there.

Old City

7) Lahore Fort, Lahore, Pakistan. This fort is more 1,001 Nights than classic European fairy tales, but what a misty, magical place.

Lahore, Pakistan

About the Author

Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly twenty years, in the fringes of the former USSR and in South-east Asia.  Her experiences abroad sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending steampunk suspense, urban fantasy, and mystery, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. Sign up for her newsletter to get free updates on her latest work at: And read a sample chapter of her upcoming urban fantasy/paranormal mystery, The Mannequin Offensive, below.


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