Revisiting Russia, Royalty & The Romanovs in Edinburgh

Honestly, I of course had already seen the exhibition “Russia, Royalty & The Romanovs”  at the Queen’s Gallery of the Buckingham Palace in London in March 2019. Somehow I however visited on a busy day. As I was visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh anyway, I decided to have another look and wasn’t disappointed. […]

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Scottish exhibition – A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

There were two main reasons for choosing Scotland as my holiday destination earlier this month. One was the fact that I enjoyed my visit 13 years ago very much and really wanted to go back. The other one was the small exhibition “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex” at the Palace of […]

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10 Years Hermitage – Preview of the Jewels exhibition

There is not an exhibition I am looking forward to more than the jubilee exhibition #2 of the Hermitage Amsterdam on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. From 14 September 2019 to 15 March 2020 “Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court” will be on display. At the moment – until 25 August 2019 – one […]

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Such a lovely surprise – My photo shown at the museum

The neighbourhood I am living in in Groningen, The Netherlands, is called the Oosterparkwijk. The oldest parts were built 100 years ago this year. My house was built just before World War II. During the whole year activities are being organized. On 25 May a new statue was unveiled on a short walking distance from […]

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Eugenie and Jack’s lovely wedding exhibition at Windsor

Having enjoyed the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank on TV/Internet last year, I was glad to see their wedding exhibition at Windsor Castle lately. Unfortunately the exhibition can only be seen at Windsor between 1 March and 22 April 2019 and will not be shown at any of the other palaces. […]

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Jan Taminiau – His designs for Queen Máxima on display

If you have any time left in the coming week and are interested in (royal) fashion don’t hesitate visiting the exhibition “Jan Taminiau. Reflections” at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. The exhibition will be open until 26 August 2018 and even will open extra in the evening of 23 August. The best is to buy […]

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Jan Taminiau – A royally approved fashion designer

The Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau at the moment has his own exhibition at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, The Netherlands. “Jan Taminiau. Reflections” has unfortunately already almost come to an end, running from 21 April 2018 to 26 August 2018. After some terribly warm weeks I finally made it to Utrecht last weekend. Among […]

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Books, exhibitions, TV – The Eighty Years’ War 1568-1648

The Eighty Years’ War that led to the independency of the Netherlands didn’t exactly last 80 years, although usually it is said the war took place between 1568 and 1648. The Dukes of Burgundy between 1384 and 1428 managed to expand their territory in what now is the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and the north of […]

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Amerongen Castle – Help the Kaiser is coming!

On 11 November 1918 the armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France. Two days earlier Margrave Max von Baden, who was the Chancellor, announced the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who fled the country He officially only abdicated on 28 November 2018 at Amerongen Castle. The monarchy and the German Empire […]

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