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The Alexander Palace / Re: July 2005 Visit to the Alexander Palace
« on: September 07, 2005, 05:35:19 PM »
PM sent to Laura Mabee, Sept. 7, 2005.

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The Alexander Palace / Re: July 2005 Visit to the Alexander Palace
« on: September 06, 2005, 05:22:10 PM »
Laura:
Thanks for offering to help me post my pictures of the Alexander Palace taken in July.  I have 21 pictures on a disk but am not sure where to go from here.  Thank you.
Mary

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The Alexander Palace / July 2005 Visit to the Alexander Palace
« on: August 23, 2005, 06:55:51 PM »
I am not sure if I should begin a new topic for this entry, but here goes.  During my incredible trip to Russia and the Ukraine in July, I was fortunate enough to visit the Alexander Palace, as well as the burial location of the Royal Family in the Peter and Paul Cathedral.  

In addition, while we were at one of the Kiev Cathedrals/Monestaries we noticed that, among the many ikons being revered by the many religious people there, one appeared to be particularly holy to those worshipping.  It was only then that I realized the date was July 17 and the ikon was that of the Royal Family.  The genuine devotion of the people there was so moving that I found myself in tears.  

As soon as I can figure out how to post my pictures I will do so.

Mary

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The Alexander Palace / Re: Trip to Alexander Palace?
« on: January 11, 2005, 05:32:52 PM »
Your planned trip to St. Petersburg, etc. sounds great.  If I had not already made plans for a trip to Russia this summer, I definitely would go with your group.  On the other hand, I am interested in the trip to Yekaterinburg in 2006, or a trip to the Crimea.  

My husband and I, along with two friends, are going to Russia on June 29.  We will spend five days in St. Petersburg (where I plan to make arrangements to get to T.S. and the Alexander Palace), before boarding a riverboat that will sail down the Volga and eventually end up at Moscow.  Finally,we will fly to Kiev for three days.  We will be gone for a little over 2 1/2 weeks.  Although this sounds like a rather elaborate trip, it will only cost about $4,000 each, including extra excursion side-trips (not that $4,000 is a paltry sum, but it could be worse).  

This will be my second trip to Russia.  Returning has been a dream of mine for years.  Again, let me say that I would love to go to Yekaterinburg in 2006.  

Mary


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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Last Known Photo of AN
« on: December 02, 2004, 08:14:45 PM »
Sorry about my last post:  no message.

Regarding the 1917 picture of AN, MN, and TN taken before their hair was cut, I have found a picture that I believe was taken at the same time.  The photograph of Marie and her father was taken in the older girls' bedroom at TS (as can be noted by the decorations on the ceiling and what appears to be a raven's wing hanging from the light fixture. )  It looks as if Marie is still recovering from measles since she is sitting in a lounge chair and is in a dressing gown.  This would place the time of the photograph sometime in March or April 1917.   I will try to figure out how to post this picture, but, in the meantime, it can be found in The Fall of the Romonovs.  The caption incorrectly  identifies her as Alexandra although the picture definitely is of Marie.  (Yes, I know this is an Anastasia site, but I was trying to shed some light on the picture of AN and her sisters.)

I will have to look into how to send the picture.  Help.

Mary

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Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Near Livadia Palace . . .
« on: October 19, 2004, 07:22:29 PM »
Janet:

Thanks for the wonderful picture of the Hotel Oreanda.  It brought back memories of my stay there in 1976. Our room was on the side of the hotel, but we did have a little balcony where we could sit and gaze out at the Black Sea.  During our two weeks in the old Soviet Union, the Oreanda was the oldest hotel we stayed in, and it pleased me that at least one of those hotels had been around during Nicholas and Alexandra's time.  

I might add that my husband and I are finalizing plans for a trip to Russia in June.  It has been a dream of mine to return to that wonderful country.  We probably won't get to Yalta, but I am looking forward to Moscow and especially St. Petersburg and Tsarskoe Selo.  This Discussion Board definitely has renewed my interest in all things Romanov.

Mary

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"Lost Tales: Stories for the Tsar's Children" is a charming book of drawings and stories by Gleb Botkin.  The foreword states that Gleb's delightful illustrations were based on stories written by the grand duchesses and Alexei, apparently while they all were in Tobolsk.   I have wondered how Dr. Botkin's son was able to get his pictures and writings into the Governor's House for the children to look through and to make changes to the stories.  It must have been even more difficult for them to return the drawings/writings to Gleb.  

Mary

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The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace interiors
« on: April 27, 2004, 05:57:06 PM »
I, too, remember the day I discovered the "Reader's Digest" article about Bob's dream of restoring the Alexander Palace.   (I think I was in a dentist's waiting room.)  It suddenly struck me that there actually were other people out there with the same fascination for all things Romanov that I had.    Over the past 20 years I have read everything I could uncover about Nicholas and Alexandra, etc., and I was thrilled to find out about the Alexander Palace Time Machine website (which I first discovered in an article in the magazine "Russian Life.")  Thanks, Bob, for all your work and dedication.
Mary

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The Alexander Palace / Re: Visiting the Palace
« on: April 08, 2004, 04:13:35 PM »
I, for one, would  like to learn more about a possible trip to Russia organized by some of the Alexander Palace folks.  Such a tour would be fascinating since it would be geared toward our specific interests (the Alexander Palace, the Romanovs, etc., etc.), unlike most of the usual Russian tours.  I think I could even convince my husband to come along too, since he has always been sorry he didn't accompany me when I went to the former Soviet Union in 1976.

Mary

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Having Fun! / Re: Who's your Favorite Romanov???
« on: April 06, 2004, 07:30:24 PM »
For some reason, my favorite Romanov is the less-written-about Grand Duchess Maria.  Although she always seemed so happy and out-going, her letters and diary entries portray her as rather needy and essentially sad.  It appears that the two older girls did not take her very seriously, and Anastasia, though very close to Maria, probably saw Alexei as her favorite sibling.  This left poor Maria as a sort of fifth wheel.  Many contemporaries considered Tatiana the beauty of the family but, to me, the photographs of Maria indicate that she was the prettiest of the four girls.  

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Does anyone have any information on the fate of Dr. Vladimir Derevenko and his family?  We know that Dr. Derevenko was allowed to practice medicine in Ekaterinburg and to visit Alexei numerous times at the Ipatiev House (although no conversation between him and the family was allowed).  I have always wondered why Dr. Derevenko was not arrested or detained with the others.  Was it because he could be more useful as a physician, or was there another reason?    Supposedly, the last letter writter by Alexei was to Kolya Derevenko, who I assume lived with his father and family in Ekaterinburg.  From other postings, I have learned that Kolya survived, although he always refused to write about his experience with the family.  

Mary

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