A Royal Palace in the Snow

Last week Winter visited the Netherlands. Temperature just around 0°C during the day, and just below at night here in the north of the country. Some snow, mainly wet, thus slippery roads in the night and early morning. It must have been somewhat colder in the middle part of the country, as they had more snow. It all looked lovely, but in a country not used to a lot of winter anymore I can tell you it is a disaster, and people from for example Scandinavia, the northern part of the USA and Canada will just laugh about it. In recent years weather codes have been orange and red (very dangerous, don’t ask how they call it when there is much more) in situations like this, and even trains and busses might not run, nor might you be able to go by plane. We totally seem to have forgotten winters like 1963 and 1979.

Anyway, what does that have to do with royals, apart from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau not being able to take the plane from London elsewhere last week for hours. One of the areas that had enough snow to look gorgeous was Apeldoorn, where, as you might know, you can find the Palace Het Loo. When looking at pictures on Twitter and Facebook of this year, I was reminded of my one and only visit to the palace in the snow.

It had been snowing and think I must have celebrated the New Year with friends in Apeldoorn, as the visit to Het Loo was on Friday 31 December 2010 according to my photo archive. Trains were going, despite of the snow, and before seeing my friend I visited the palace. Never has it looked more beautiful, despite of the cold and the snow. It wasn’t a very busy day, but there were footsteps in the snow in the garden and I managed to take pictures without people on it. There was snow everywhere, and especially underneath the trees in the park the views were amazing. So I am sure you don’t mind me sharing a few photos from that day. It is a pity I didn’t take more, but I guess it might have been rather cold and then it is not easy to take them.

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