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Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: The Winter Palace in 1900
« on: December 22, 2012, 06:22:56 AM »
The tall tower in Bob G's picture is the same tower to which I was referring.
So its a telegraphic tower (and I don't mean the small squat tower)?

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: The Winter Palace in 1900
« on: December 19, 2012, 03:35:48 AM »
Sorry but I have not been on this site for some time.
Its not the small turret on the western end. Ths tower I am talking about it tall and slender with the dome on the top. It was not a tower for flying a flag and seems to be towards the other end of the Palace.

The Alexander Palace / Re: China, Crystal, and Silver Used at Mealtime
« on: September 13, 2012, 03:33:52 PM »
I remember reading somewhere that they were allowed to take their own china and bed linen into exile. Whether it was returned from the Ipatiev House is anyone's guess. Perhaps another reader knows the answer?

The Final Chapter / The Icon of the Imperial Family at Ekaterinburg
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:10:39 PM »
In the Cathedral on the Blood in Ekaterinburg is a framed icon of the Imperial Family. Its is on a stand.
Inside at the bottom are a number of items of jewellery -  anecklace, rings of various kinds - and a purple brooch.This made me wonder if the jewellery was from the Imperial Family - especially the purple brooch _  Alexandra's ?
Any thoughts or known facts?

Palaces in St. Petersburg / The Winter Palace in 1900
« on: August 13, 2012, 02:10:46 PM »
When I was in St Petersburg, I bought a book at the cathedral bookshop " Nicholas Romanov - Life and death" published 1998.
On the first double page after the introduction is a view of the Imperial Winter Palace in the 1900s. Photograph by K Bulla.

In addition to a stone wall with stone pillars with ironwork in between each pillar which has obviously been removed since 1918, there is a tall stone tower in the middle with a domed top and a pinnacle.

This tower is not there now. Does anyone have any information about the tower?
There are also a couple of canopied balconies that have been removed since.

The Alexander Palace / Re: The Imperial Garage
« on: August 12, 2012, 07:04:57 AM »
I studied an number of aerial maps of the locality plus information found on this website before I left the UK. I printed a number of maps that I found on various sites and went armed with a lot of paperwork.
I realised there was one garage somewhere behind some blocks of flats (there are three blocks) and just had to wander along at the back of them looking for anything like a picture on this site.
I imagined that someone would want to know what i was doing but the situation did not arise.
It was trial and error and I would have been very disappointed if I had not found the one I did.   ;D

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: voices of the Imperial Family
« on: August 10, 2012, 03:25:53 AM »
There is also the recording on You-Tube of Nicholas on the balcony of the Winter Palace, declaring that Russia was at war with Germany in 1914.

I have been reading quite a lot of history especially up to the date of my trip.
The Dowager Empress Marie and others were very much against Alexandra's consulting with Rasputin and their joint decisiion making. This is not the job of the consort. Nicholas was at fault for going off and leaving her in charge.
It was because of the resentment against the German born Empress and Rasputin that several people including a Yusopov, who was related to Nicholas, brought about Rasputin's murder to try and save the monarchy.

About Anna Vyrubova's house.  I went to Tsarskoe Selo armed with a printed picture of the house but not sure where it is. Firstly I asked a man and a youth who were painting railings and they told me its round the corner by the restaurant. When I reached the restuarant the owner was walking about and I asked him too.
He actually took me to it and all three told me its used as a Registry Office for weddings.  If they have moved the Registry Office it must be very recent but the signs by the door which you can see in the photograph are about its open hours for the weddings. 
I went to Russia on 3rd July and TS was the first stop on my itinerary and I was there within a day or two of that. I spent several days making repeated train journeys there.
Remember this is Russia; it could be another six months before the signs are removed!!
I went to a lot of trouble seeking out places of Romanov interest for myself and to share with you. Not many people would be that considerate.

All my photos of Anna Vyrubova's house were taken this year July 2012. It is the first time I have seen the house. The plaques by the door are definitely about when its open. Maybe its used by another department now but I was told by someone at TS this year thats its used for weddings. Definitely nobody lives there now.

No, Anna Vyrubova's house is a Registry Office NOW

The trouble with Alexandra was that she was obsessed with finding a cure for her son and thought the world of Rasputin who  had produced one or two temporary "cures". She let this cloud her judgment over matters in general and she overstepped the mark with what she could do as Empress. Nicholas was the Tsar, the man in charge, and he should have prevented it. Alexandra was dominant in her German nature and Nichoas was too weak to stand up to her. Admittedly they were very much in love but he ought to have exerted some control over his dominant wife  -- if he dared !

The Feodorovski Cathedral & Gorodok / Re: White tower in 1944
« on: August 07, 2012, 12:53:29 PM »
My photos of the White Tower area that I took in July 2012 will be posted by EmmyLee probably under Alexander Palace.
I think her idea is to keep all the photos together but with sepapate headings.

The Alexander Palace / Re: The Imperial Garage
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:46:02 AM »
The Imperial Garage I found was behind three blocks of flats where the road curves just beyond the Alexander Palace. It was well hidden away by later development and I despaired of finding it. I managed it in the end but could not get close as there is a padlocked gate.

Still I found it and thats the main thing.  ;D

Photo taken by me and being posted by Emmy Lee - coming soon!!!!

My three weeks out there was basically a Romanov Researching holiday, based in information I had read in this group. Later there will be pictures taken by me of Ella and Serge's Palace in St Petersburg, the Anichkov Palace, former residence of the Dowager Empress Marie, Millionaires Street where Grand Duke Mikhail declined the throne thus ending Romanov rule. You will also see Ekaterinburg, Ganina Yama and the Palce at Gatchina where Nicky grew up.
I am doing them gradually and tried not to repeat photos from two years ago.

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