OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Is Thankful for Neuschwanstein

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Little moments like that — seeing the castle (Neuschwanstein) in Bavaria, Germany, that inspired the Disneyland castle — are what Taylor Swift is grateful for. In the Thanksgiving edition of People Country, Swift said seeing the world is what she’s most thankful for this year. She’s seen 16 countries, and the big stand-out moments during that worldwide adventure were things like sampling croissants in Paris and finding Charbonnel et Walker English rose and violet creams in London. (Those are not creams, as in lotions, but actual chocolates with oils from roses and violets blended into fondant center, by the way.) And as always, Swift is grateful for all the fan love. In Spain, she recalled, “People were weeping. It makes you realize how much music brings people together.”

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