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Palace du jour: Karlsruher Schloss

One of the places I visited on my Ba-Wu Schlosskarte (castle/palace card) was the Botanic Garden (Botanischer Garten) [of] Karlsruhe, which is part of Karlsruher Schloss (which now houses the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe). Karlsruhe Palace had been a residence of the rulers of Baden since 1715, when it began as a palace partially made of wood, until 1918. …

Travel, World of Costume

Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella: Schloss Moritzburg

Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella, also known as Three Wishes for Cinderella or Three Gifts for Cinderella . Does the title sound familiar to you? It is the direct translation of the German title of the Czech – East German cult movie, Tři oříšky pro Popelku / Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel (1973). The Bohemian variation of the Cinderella story …

Munich

Castle du jour: Schloss Blutenburg

Just west of Munich (around 14 min by car from Nymphenburg Palace) is a medieval moated castle that was once the country residence of Duke Albrecht III of Bavaria (and his son, Duke Sigismund). Blutenburg Castle was built in the 1430’s as a hunting lodge and replaced a previous castle from the 13th Century. The castle is fortified with three towers and a gate …

Fashion, Travel, World of Costume

Downton Abbey Tour and 1920’s-Inspired Dress

One month ago yesterday I treated myself to a Downton Abbey film locations tour and bought myself a 1920’s/1930’s-inspired dress. Since my birthday was on a week day and just before the general Downton Abbey group tours that usually take place at the end of July and throughout August, I scoured the internet until Expedia came to my …

Fashion, London

Buckingham Palace and Fashioning A Reign

Last Saturday, I finally visited Buckingham Palace (or as some people call it, The Queen’s London home). I had bought my State Rooms and Garden Highlights Tour ticket (£30.50) back in May although I later discovered that there were plenty of tickets still available for purchase in June and early July. Buckingham Palace began as Buckingham House, …

London, World of Costume

Period Drama Location: Syon Park

Period drama and royal fans should add Syon Park to their list of places to visit in the Greater London Area. Syon Park encompasses Syon House, the grand London residence of the Duke of Northumberland; the early 19th Century Great Conservatory; and the Gardens (and 100-acre Parkland). Syon, a variation of Zion (which refers to the Holy City of David …

London

Queen Victoria and Kensington Palace

Happy Birthday Queen Victoria! #QueenVictoria at the Drury Lane Theatre. #HRP #Kensington #London #portrait #painting #frame #art #royal #igerslondon A photo posted by V (@ladyandtherose) on May 24, 2016 at 1:36pm PDT One of the palaces you must visit in London – if you like architecture and royal history – is Kensington Palace. The Historic Royal …