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St Petersburg: The Hermitage / Winter Palace

My favourite place that we visited in St Petersburg in 2014 was the Hermitage Museum / Winter Palace. Less than a decade before visiting, my family and I watched Russian Ark (2002), a 96-minute historical drama by Alexander Sokurov, filmed in one shot through the Winter Palace. Anyone with an interest in history, particularly royal history, should …

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St Petersburg: Peterhof Palace

Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets: Peter’s Palace; Peterhof means Peter’s Court) at Petergof, St Petersburg, is known as Russia’s Versailles. Its namesake, Peter the Great, had designed a summer palace for himself. The original palace, Monplaisir, was completed in 1723. After his visit to the Palace of Versailles in 1717, Peterhof was great expanded and continued to be …

A Visit to Starnberger See;
Lifestyle, Munich, Travel

A Visit to Starnberger See

Weather: 23-24Cs Visited: Starnberger See – Tutzing, Feldafing, Possenhofen We spent this lovely Good Friday walking under the sun from the southern point of Starnberger See (Tutzing) until Possenhofen, where we were blocked from continuing onto Starnberg, due to a bomb scare. It was very peaceful and clean around the lake. People were sunbathing, swimming, …

Schwangau & Füssen;
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Schwangau & Füssen

This month, I visited Schwangau, where the two Ludwig II castles are: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. As I’d already visited Neuschwanstein 2 Octobers ago, I visited Schloß Hohenschwangau, the summer residence of Ludwig II’s parents, and later, that of his uncle, who acted as regent for his younger brother, the mentally ill King Otto.  There were only 3 floors for public viewing: …

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg;
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Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Place visited: Luxembourg City/ Stad Lëtzebuerg (capital) Royal Family: Grand Duke Henri (constitutional monarchy – the world’s only remaining sovereign Grand Duchy) Languages spoken: Luxembourgish, French, German Moien! So say the Luxembourgers for “hello” (same as Plattdeutsch spoken in Northern Germany and other countries). But it appeared that French is more spoken in Luxembourg for I …

The hills are alive with the Sound of Music…;
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The hills are alive with the Sound of Music…

Ort (place): Salzburg, Österreich Tour: the official “Sound of Music” tour by Panorama Tours Datum (date)/Zeit (time): Mo. 27. April, 9.30-13.30 Hostel I stayed at in Salzburg: Yoho Int’l Youth Hostel (26. Apr.) “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…” So sang our tourguide, Trudi/Judy, a British lady with a British sense of …

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Vienna: The Sisi Tour

Date visited: Sa. 25. Apr. 2009 Purpose: To explore the residences of two famous female inhabitants – Queen Marie Antoinette of France and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of Hungary. Tour ticket covers: Schönbrunn (Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47): Summer royal residence currently: museum ca. 50 min. guided tour Open: Daily 8:30-17:00 or 18:30* (times vary depending on …

OBW Weekend in Konstanz;
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OBW Weekend in Konstanz

Place: Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland Original name: Constantia (Latin) after Emperor Constantius Chlorus Geographical fact: borders Switzerland, separated by Lake Constance Interesting fact: NOT BOMBED b/c city left its lights on at night (WWII), thus fooling the Allied forces in thinking that it was Switzerland! University: University of Konstanz (1966) URL: www.konstanz.de Site of: Konstanzer Münster …