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Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: April 15, 2007, 11:52:30 AM »
I know the place of the bathroom - it is the near of the library.
The straigtht door in the room before the library :)

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: April 15, 2007, 12:01:11 AM »
Watercolor's room is definetly ground floor. Because 4th reserved apartment was on the ground floor.

Recently, I have just red his autobiography book - " Son of Satrap".
It was quite strange - I did not know that he passed away. I came home, started to read the book and then
I have read the news of red stroke of the forum that he has passed .
Anyway, I liked this book.

The Imperial Family / Re: The Non-Hetero Royals
« on: April 14, 2007, 10:03:41 PM »
Yes, definetely, sorry

The Imperial Family / Re: The Non-Hetero Royals
« on: April 14, 2007, 02:17:32 PM »
By the way, I have found some extracts from the Diaries of KR issued by Mr. Mironenko, head of GARF

Other Palaces / Re: Russians in Venezia
« on: April 14, 2007, 11:31:05 AM »
I have found that in the beginning of the October of 1894 KR and his wife stayed at HOtel Albergo Brittania in Venice.
As far as I know, this hotel does not exist now or has another name.
Maybe somebody knows, where  it is?

The Alexander Palace / Re: The Imperial Garage
« on: April 14, 2007, 10:45:57 AM »
I have heard that Nicholas had 42 cars.

Did you see the drama "Leningrad" made recently by russian 1st channel and Hollywood about Second War?
I liked it very much.
Mira Sorvino plays the one of the main female roles.
It is very touching film.
I highly recommend to see it, or rent it, if it is possible.

The Imperial Family / Re: The Imperial Family and Italy
« on: April 13, 2007, 03:03:30 AM »
KR was at Genova on September 1895. He wrote a poetry about Genova Sea.
The name of the verse: "By the sea".

The Imperial Family / Re: The Non-Hetero Royals
« on: April 13, 2007, 02:45:35 AM »
Father of KR - GD Konstantin Nikolaevitch- was the president of Russian Musical Society since 1893. And he constantly supported Chaykowsky.
Thank to Konstantin Nikolaevitch first operas/symponies of Chaikovsky were played on the stage.
Even if KR and Chaikovsky were not a lovers, they were a very good friends. Their letters to each others are very long and warm.

Other Palaces / Re: Russians in Venezia
« on: April 13, 2007, 02:37:07 AM »
According GD Gavriil Konstantinovitch, KR , his father, adored Venezia.
But who knows, where did he stay in Venezia?

Other Palaces / Re: Russians in Venezia
« on: April 13, 2007, 02:30:59 AM »
GD Maria Pawlovna went for honey moon to Venice. She wanted to go to Venezia since she was born.
It seems that those time , she did not like it.
But she started to love Venezia later.
So we could say , how important to use the proper man to go to Venezia :-*

Research Russian Roots / Re: schuwalow family history
« on: April 13, 2007, 02:18:04 AM »
And maybe his real name was not Leonard Shuvalov....

Russian Noble Families / Re: French marriages with Russian nobles
« on: April 13, 2007, 12:44:26 AM »
I have found an information of another Polignac - Heraclus de Polignac. According GD Nicholas Mikhaylovitch, he was an bel emigrant , un amant of Elizabeth Alexandrovna Demidoff (1779-1818). He was an commandant du regiment d'Apcheron. As a farewell present, Polignac gave Elizabeth a  malachite watches.

Russian Noble Families / Re: French marriages with Russian nobles
« on: April 12, 2007, 10:43:37 PM »
This it from the book of GD Nikolay Mikhaylovich:
"  Aglae Antonovna Davydoff, 1787-1842, naquit a Versailles le 17 janvier 1787. Elle perdit sa mere de bonne heure, et son pere, le compte de Gramont, emigra et resta avec Louis 18 pendant son sejour en Russie. La jeune Aglae-Angelique-Gabrielle, " frivole et coquette, une vrai francaise, chercha dans le bruit des distractions le moyen de ne pas mourir d'ennui dans la barbare Russie", et finit par epouser a Mittau, en aout 1804, le colonel  de Chevaliers-Gardes Alexandre Lvowitch Davydoff (ne 1773). Les Davydoff habitaient le bourg de Kamenka, district de Tchiguirine; on ne s'ennuyait pas dans cette "petite Capoue": les invites mangeaient, buvaient, courtisaient Aglae et faisaient des gorges chaudes du bonhomme. Jeune heros, riche, d'une taille colossale et d'une force extraordinaire, Davydoff, avec son gout pour la vie large et luxueuse, etait bien le mari qu'il fallait: completement absorbe dans de questions gastronomiques, auteur meme d'une carte gastronomique de l'Europe, il laissait a sa jeune femme la plus entiere liberte; somnolent et obese, ses amis le nommaitent "le cornard majestaueux".
Devenue veuve en 1833, Aglae Davydoff partit pour la France et s'y remaria au marechal comte Sebastiani (1772-1851). Elle mourut a Paris le 21 fevrier 1842, a l'age de 55 ans. Elle avait eu de son mariage avec Davydoff un fils Vladimir , et deux filles qu'elle convertit au catholicisme: l'une Adele, mourut religieus catholique; l'autre, Catherine, epousa la marquis de Gabriac.

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