Category: Travel

States in Friesland: The Dekemastate
Castles, Travel

States in Friesland: The Dekemastate

Just south of the city of Leeuwarden, Province of Friesland, very close to the Martenastate, you’ll find the Dekemastate in the village of Jelsum. The former noble estate nowadays is a museum. The Dekemastate is one of the oldest castles in Friesland, dating back to the 14th century, when it was built as a defendable […]

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The burial place of Princess Elmira of Saxony
Churches & Graves, Travel

The burial place of Princess Elmira of Saxony

On 14 June 2022 Her Royal Highness Princess Elmira Carlen von Sachsen (Saxony), Markgräfin von Meißen, passed away in hospital in München, Germany. She was born as Elmira Carlen Henke in Lodz (Poland) on 25 December 1930. It was not until April 1980 that she married Prince Albert of Saxony, an historian and author. The […]

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States in Friesland: The Martenastate
Castles, Travel

States in Friesland: The Martenastate

Although I still haven’t seen all noble estates in the province of Groningen, on Saturday I went cycling in the province of Friesland next door, where manors are not called “borg” like in Groningen, but “state”. As I wanted to visit the grave of my great-great-grandparents in Stiens, north of the capital city of Leeuwarden, […]

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Tiaras and portraits at Sotheby’s
Exhibitions, Travel

Tiaras and portraits at Sotheby’s

All photos by a friend of mine (with mobile phone) Both exhibitions that auction house Sotheby’s in New Bond Street, London, organised on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom were a huge surprise. Unfortunately it was impossible for me to travel to London for it, but several […]

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Juliana-Bus on Tour
Exhibitions, Travel

Juliana-Bus on Tour

It seems to be the year of the Queen Juliana exhibitions in the Netherlands. After having visited Juliana – A Life in Dolls at the Borg Verhildersum in Leens on 30 April, there is another Juliana-exhibition on my to-do list this year. From Saturday 15 October 2022 to 10 April 2023 the Nieuwe Kerk in […]

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Juliana – A Life in Dolls
Exhibitions, Travel

Juliana – A Life in Dolls

Once upon the time there was a little Princess … or wait, she wasn’t even born yet. Her grandmother Queen Mother Emma and her mother Queen Wilhelmina already received dolls regularly when travelling through the Netherlands. So when Wilhelmina, after several miscarriages, finally again fell pregnant in 1908, the Dutch people were delighted. Already on […]

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The Bückeburger House of Baroness Lehzen
Travel, Travel Tips

The Bückeburger House of Baroness Lehzen

When walking from the railway station to the old city centre/Palace of Bückeburg there is one short stop us royalty-watchers should make. Somewhere halfway is a house with a plaque on the wall saying (in German): Luise von LehzenEducator to the QueenVictoria of Great Britainlived in this housefrom 1842 until 1870 Johanna Clara Louise Lehzen […]

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Opening of the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken
Gardens, Travel

Opening of the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken

This year the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken open their doors from 15 April to 8 May 2022. Like 2021 the smaller, elongated greenhouses can be visited. During the day visitors can choose between a long route (2,5 hours) or a short route (1,5 hours). The long route starts with a walk through the gardens of […]

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