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Re: Alexandra's childhood homes
« Reply #90 on: August 16, 2009, 03:56:03 PM »
kranichstein part 3






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« Reply #91 on: August 16, 2009, 05:15:40 PM »

Did you see the signatures "Victoria" "E" (Ella) "Irene" and "Alix" scratched into some of the window panes?
This tradition is even true for Kranichstein. Ludwig IV. would scratch the date of one of his birthdays in as well
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« Reply #92 on: August 17, 2009, 04:09:03 AM »

Did you see the signatures "Victoria" "E" (Ella) "Irene" and "Alix" scratched into some of the window panes?
This tradition is even true for Kranichstein. Ludwig IV. would scratch the date of one of his birthdays in as well

yes, i did.

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« Reply #93 on: August 17, 2009, 10:06:41 AM »
 thanks!! thez are beautifull!!

wonderfull  do zou have pictures of the rooms from Victoria, Ella, Irene and Alix ??

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« Reply #94 on: August 17, 2009, 03:18:42 PM »
kranichstein, part 4. unfortunately uploading took a lot of time yesterday ( i don`t know why but it took me so much time) so i continue posting pictures today. unfortunately, i don`t know which room belonged to the hesse duchesses. no sign indicated which room belonged to who. sorry.may be some one knows it?















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« Reply #95 on: August 19, 2009, 07:38:07 AM »
its beautifull!!!

thanks!!

i wish i would go there,,

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« Reply #96 on: August 21, 2009, 02:02:14 PM »
Here are a few of the signatures scratched into the windows at Kranichstein which Thomas Hesse was talking about.
The quality is not good (I am no photographer and was under considerable time constraints :-) ) but it might give the general idea of what one can see......

This one just says "Kranichstein"


I think this is the "E" for Ella


and here the "Alix" signature


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« Reply #97 on: August 21, 2009, 03:13:23 PM »
The pictures I posted above are somewhat abstract. They don't look like scratchings in glass. To give a better idea of how these 'window scratches' look, I am posting 2 of my failed attempts to capture the Alix' signature so you can see more of the window - and the garden because the focus was wrong - which may give a better idea of how they look.




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« Reply #98 on: August 21, 2009, 05:52:16 PM »
 Thank you very much !!

but what is beside the "E" ???

its look like a "W"  or ?

aww i wish i would be there now...=(

if you have more, so please show it to us ok ?

Thanks.


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« Reply #99 on: August 21, 2009, 06:28:49 PM »
Riedesel, I was trying to take a picture of these inscriptions but my photographic skills are far from perfect :( i had to idea how to approach this task

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« Reply #100 on: August 22, 2009, 01:24:20 PM »
Great that you managed to photograph the signatures! My photos were blurry too....
The "Ella" "E" is actually the one in old German script dirictly above the name "Alix"

Your "E" is in the Jagdsalon - did not identify that one either.
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« Reply #101 on: August 27, 2009, 08:27:42 AM »
I shall have to go back and try again, then. May i can find some-one there who can throw some light on the E.W. signature.
It will probably mean having to sneak past the "grumpy" red-headed museums clerk though........  ;) ;)

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« Reply #102 on: August 09, 2010, 07:10:58 PM »
a long time ago i posted some pictures of kranichstein hunting lodge ( you can see many elements connected with hunting e.g. pictures). as i was looking through the pictures that i took last year i discovered that i didn`t post some of them. so i decided to post the remaining ones










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« Reply #103 on: August 10, 2010, 05:21:56 AM »
in kranichstein pincess alice spent a lot of time.she was somehow forced to stay here because her new home (new Palace was in the process of building), and the grad duchy of hesse wasn`t as rich as to present the hereditary duke and his wife a new house

summer 1863-alice and luois spend summer there with little victoria

september 1863-queen victoria, princesses helena,louise, beatrice and prince alfred pay a short viisit

summer 1864-alice,victoria and louise stay in kraichstein
a letter to qv,june 23

   We shall remain here for the present ; we go
   about a good deal seeing things near by, and then it
   is the first time we have our household and stable,
   so that on account of Haushaltung [housekeeping],
   etc., we are going to remain here for a little time.
               It is very pleasant besides, and constant moving is
   far too expensive for us. We give dinners here,
   which are also useful, as I know so few people

a letter to qv, 19.08

The Emperor (i.e. Alexander II) came all the way to

Kranichstein to pay us a visit, and is very amiable,
though not very talkative. Archduke William,
King Max, and the Duke of Brunswick were also
here yesterday.

1865-alice spends in kraichstei only the end of summer as she joined her mother in egland for the summer

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« Reply #104 on: August 10, 2010, 05:44:15 AM »
autumn 1865
a letter to qv, 04.10

                    To-morrow dear Uncle Leopold [King
   
   of the Belgians] comes for a few hours. Louis will
   
   go to Darmstadt or Mayence to meet him, and I will
   
   receive him at the station, as none of the family know
   him. Louis is out shooting with the Emperor.
   Uncle Alexander's throat has already begun to be
   bad aoain.
   I am writing quite a confused letter in
   the midst of household troubles, for the Emperor
   and Empress have just let me know that they wish
   to breakfast here, and Louis is out, and I don't know
   where or how to have the things in our small menage.
   I must therefore conclude and do my business.
.   
summer 1866,summer is spent with little ella born in 1865 and victoria.   
 

   Kranichstein, July 2d. letter to qv
   We both thank you for your kind wishes for our
   wedding-day. It was rainy and not fine, but we
   spent it very happily indoors Affie and Mary with
                us.
      
   
Kranichstein, July loth. a letter to qv
   
    Ella already says, since some time,
   " Papa" and " Mama," and calls herself, and crawls,
   and is very forward and merry such a contrast to
   Victoria, who is so pale and fair, and now thin, for
   Ella's eyes are so dark blue, and her hair of such a
   rich brown, that you would never take the little
   things for sisters. They are very fond of each other,
   and so dear together, that they give us much pleas-
   ure. I would not change them for boys, if I could ;
   this little pair of sisters is so nice, and they can be
   such friends to each other.


   
   Kranichstein, September 5th. a letter to qv
   
   Bertie and Alix arrived at three
   o'clock. They dined with us. Louis then took him
   to the theatre, and I drove her about.    
   My poor father-in-law's throat is very bad, and
   gives him much pain. I am really very anxious
   about him.