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Keukenhof

Did you know that the best time see tulips (in the Netherlands) is in mid-April? Every year between mid-March to mid-May, the Keukenhof (literally ‘Kitchen Garden’ in Dutch) in Lisse is opened to the public with a different theme. This year, the theme is on Dutch Design, from fashion to graphic design to architecture. When I …

The Abdication of Queen Beatrix & the Investiture of King Willem-Alexander;
Fashion, Lifestyle

The Abdication of Queen Beatrix & the Investiture of King Willem-Alexander

  Earlier this year, my Dutch friend asked me to go to the Netherlands so that we may partake in the Queen’s Day festivities and so that I may witness the investiture of the Netherlands’ first king since 1890! As I’d already missed the Royal Wedding in 2011 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, I …

Fashion

Luxembourg’s Royal Wedding & the new Hereditary Grand Duchess!

CONGRATULATIONS Luxembourg on your new Hereditary Grand Duchess! CONGRATULATIONS to HGD Guillaume on your marriage to your lovely bride! Today, on 20 October 2012, the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg married Stephanie, Countess of Lannoy. The religious wedding ceremony took place at 11AM at the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Luxembourg. The bride wore Elie Saab …

Fashion

Luxembourg’s Royal Wedding: HGD Guillaume & Stéphanie

Today, on 19 October 2012, the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, age 30, married Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy of Belgium, age 28, in a civil ceremony. Countess Stéphanie wore a Chanel outfit, somewhat reminiscent of the Diana, Princess of Wales’ pearl gown and of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown. I found her overall appearance …

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, …

Asking for Forgiveness: A Visit to a Russian Orthodox Church;
Lifestyle, Munich

Asking for Forgiveness: A Visit to a Russian Orthodox Church

I visited the Russian Orthodox church in Munich this evening. I learned quite a bit from my colleague about: the significance of the church’s foundations/location (alter faces the east because that’s where the sun rises; we the people come from the west) signing/crossing oneself (3x, then bowing or touching the ground) kissing the icons (or …