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Re: Chronology of the Travels of Nicholas II as Tsar and Tsarevich
« Reply #105 on: July 26, 2014, 03:17:20 PM »
Also interesting to contemplate is that from a linguistic point of view (i.e. being able to speak with the locals), NII, who was fluent in French, English and German apart from Russian, was more at home in Western Europe than in many of the western provinces of his empire. In his 1904 diary I came across a visit to "Турмонт" and assumed this to be a place in Western Europa, but it turned out to be the German name (Turmont)! of a Lithuanian town (Turmantas) on the St. Petersburg - Warsaw line. Leaving aside the fact that he very seldom spoke with anyone outside the elite, the only people he could speak with in that small town were the imperial officials and other members of the elite (Polish landowners?) who had learnt Russian and German-Baltic merchants. The Lithuanian peasants were unintelligble to him. Some of the Jews might have known standard German, I don't know if a German-speaker like NII would have understood Yiddish?
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Re: Chronology of the Travels of Nicholas II as Tsar and Tsarevich
« Reply #106 on: July 27, 2014, 05:23:34 AM »

I might be wrong, but I'm guessing the Russo-Japanese War starting in 1904, and then the political situation in Russia between 1905-08 was so bad he couldn't go outside the country until tensions mellowed. He simply needed to be in Russia at all times.  

That's just my guess for those years but I don't really have any clue about the others, besides maybe the growing family between 1897-1900.

They did travel outside Russia between 1897 and 1900, though - to Darmstadt in November 1897, for example; to Denmark and Darmstadt in 1899.
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Re: Chronology of the Travels of Nicholas II as Tsar and Tsarevich
« Reply #107 on: January 26, 2016, 04:00:35 AM »
Did the family visit the Kaiser at the Schloss in Potsdam or the Neues Palais (in Sansoucci Park) in 1910 ? And where did they stay in Copenhagen in 1901 ? Amalienborg?