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I have just read about the actor Sebastian Acelus, who protrays the character Lucas in the Netflix series "House of Cards."  The article states that his maternal grandmother was Catherine Ioannovna who was the last royal princess born before the revolution.  His grandmother was the daughter of Ioann and the granddaughter of KR.  Very interesting.

I downloaded my copy onto my Kindle and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Especially interesting were the letters written between the family members during the Ekaterinburg/Tobolsk period.  I look forward to having a hard copy, however.  A great job, Helen.

I can only say that my library is going to the SF Public Library. I am sure they will keep what they need and benefit from the sale of the rest.

Thanks Robert.  My friend has made arrangements with her public library.  Of course, she promises to let me have many of her books if I don't already own them.  Now I will have to decide what to do with my own Russian library. 

I have a friend who is writing her will, although she certainly hopes to be around many more years.  She wants to donate her extensive collection of books on Russian history and primarily on the reign of Nicholas II. But there are many books on earlier Russian history as well as books on Soviet history.  None of the colleges in her home town seem interested????  Surely, there is a college or university out there who would be interested in her collection.  Again, let me let me say that she only wants to include this info in her will -- she is not ready to donate these books yet.  Please help.

I have just watched "The Assassin of the Tsar" (1991) which I ordered from NetFlix. (For those of you who haven't been able to find it - NetFlix has it).  The DVD that I received was in English although I believe most of the Russian actors' lines had been dubbed into English.  As someone else in this forum wrote, it is a movie that I can't get out of my mind.  I found it to be very good and quite moving.  But the most interesting part was how well the film was researched.  I felt as if I were taking an actual tour of the Ipatiev House.  It seemed pretty accurate (except for that strange fish tank in the dining room not to mention the poor choice of the actress who played Alexandra).  Even the exterior of the house and the road out front seemed strangely  familiar to someone who has "studied" that house for years. 

The Final Chapter / Re: Ipatiev house photos (interior & exterior)
« on: October 24, 2009, 01:46:57 PM »
Does this one helps to your great work, JStorey?

(Ipatiev House, 1919, from corner of Voznesensky prospekt and Voznesenky alley)

Is the house on the left the Popov house?

Marie Feodorovna / Re: Marie Feodorovna's Final Resting Place
« on: March 12, 2009, 03:50:03 PM »
I am not really sure why there were flowers and a picture at her tomb that particular day.  It was October 28, 2008, which I don't think was a special date.

Marie Feodorovna / Marie Feodorovna's Final Resting Place
« on: March 11, 2009, 05:51:32 PM »
It was a moving experience to see Marie Feodorovna's final resting place in the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.  The guide hardly mentioned the tomb, but as soon as I saw her picture I knew.  Alexander III is buried behind her tomb.

I am not sure if pictues of the Yousoupov Palace on the Fontanka  have been posted.  Anyway, here are a couple of photographs I took in October.  This lesser-known palace is located near the Fontanka on Sadovaya and Rimsky-Korsakov Streets in St. Peteresburg.  Interesting.

The Alexander Palace / Re: A Question Regarding The Alexander Park
« on: February 09, 2009, 06:16:38 PM »
When I was at the Alexander Palace in October I attempted to walk around the side of the building where Alexandra's balcony had been located.  I got inside the fenced-in area but a woman came running over to me and indicated that I wasn't to go in there.  I can't say that she was rude, and I didn't feel intimidated -- although I certainly didn't argue with her!  No one else questioned me while I rambled all over the Alexander Park.  It was interesting to see mothers (and one grandfather) pushing baby carriages in the park.

I will attempt to post several photographs I took during my October 2008 trip to Tsarskoe Selo and St. Petersburg.  If this doesn't work, I may have to ask for some assistance.

Thanks, Joanna and Cathy, for the information.

When I was in Tsarskoe Selo in October we ate at the Russian House Restaurant on Malaya Street, just across from the Alexander Palace.  Malaya Street ends across from the entrance to the A.P., and the Russian House Restaurant is only a few hundred feet from the palace gate.  We had amazing views of the Alexander Palace from the restaurant, and, as I wrote in another post, it seemed unreal to look out and see such a sight!    On another note, does anyone know what the old, semi-round building across the street from the entrance is.  Is it a hotel?  Just wondering. 

Forum Announcements / Re: Travel Advice to St. Petersburg & Russia
« on: November 24, 2008, 07:04:08 PM »
The travel company is Grand Circle Travel, located in Boston, MA. They have a detailed website.

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