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Italian Royal Families / Re: Countess of Castiglione and Costigliole
« on: June 18, 2012, 07:34:07 PM »

Aloha from Kaua'i!

I've been fascinated with the "legendary" Countess di Castiglione for a couple of years now.  On my first visit to Paris I saw the famous
photograph of her looking thru the cut-out piece - it was startling to me for being so modern in composition, but was from the 1860's.

I find it difficult to find out much more than basics of her life - I visited Librarie Galignani last year in Paris and found a book entitled
"La Castiglione, Vies et metamorphoses" by Nicole G. Albert.  Unfortunately there is no English version, and I've been laboriously trying to
translate the French into English with limited success.  I have a little French, but not enough to read a book like this I'm afraid.

Her photos are amazing and show a woman who truly seems to be infatuated with her image - and the tableau that she created with Pierre-Louis Pierson are unbelievably beautiful and alive.  The person behind the photos remains elusive however, and I can't tell if she was truly a narcissist or a woman who knew how to manage her beauty - and men - to her advantage - or both!

I know that the legend of when her beauty faded, she retreated behind the drapes of her apartment at the Place Vendome - and only ventured out at night so that no one could see the ravages of time on her beauty.  However you see photos of her in her "older" years, and that would seem to bely that story.

Some say she gradually became mad and delusional - I have no clue - but I would like to learn more about her life.

Does anyone know a book in English about her life?  The Metropolitan Museum of Art book devoted to her photos is unbelievably expensive, and most photos have been reproduced elsewhere.....

I plan on visiting her grave this September at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - she has been gone such a long time, but her image and life continue to fascinate!!

French Royals / Re: Queen Marie Antoinette, Part II
« on: June 07, 2012, 02:13:46 PM »

Aloha from Kaua'i!

That is actually pretty exciting - I am flying to Paris in September on a Air France flight from LAX direct to CDG - while that is a distance away in time - maybe that film will still be available on their in-flight movies - I can hope at least!!

Janet R.

Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XI
« on: June 06, 2012, 01:47:44 PM »

Aloha from Kaua'i!

I hope that those more computer-literate members here will continue to post these amazing, rare photos for those of us who are not savvy?

Truly amazing photos of wonderful quality!

Janet R.

French Royals / Re: Queen Marie Antoinette, Part II
« on: June 06, 2012, 01:44:50 PM »

Aloha from Kaua'i!

I have read the book it is based on and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I have seen clips from the film, but don't anticipate it coming to the small island where I live - Netflix will be my friend!

Is it playing in the United States yet (other than film festivals) - or just Europe?

Janet R.

The Windsors / Re: Buckingham Palace Gardens
« on: June 06, 2012, 01:40:38 PM »

Aloha from Kaua'i!

I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Buckingham Palace Gardens last year - when the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are open during the summertime (when the Queen is at Balmoral) - you actually exit from the back of the palace and onto the terrace (where they have a temporary cafe) - and you walk a pathway thru the gardens (amazingly beautiful) in order to exit the Palace.

This is the only time of year the Palace is open to the public - and last year was particularly popular due to the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress being on display inside - as well as a fabulous Faberge exhibit (with many Romanov pieces).

The gardens are truly gorgeous - you can't walk on the large grassy area itself (they were roped off) - but you walk a path that takes you all around the garden areas, a lovely pond with a vista to another building (I don't know what that was, but it was lovely!) - and of course a souvenir shop - before you exit the palace grounds.


Aloha from Kaua'i!

I've been fortunate enough to go to Paris in the last two years - and have purchased 2 or three of the Jacques Ferrand books each time (I ship them back since they are so heavy!).

I am going back this September (hooray!) and I certainly will attempt to purchase more for my collection.
The money that I've spent on these books is very well spent, they are excellent and "jewels" in my Romanov books collection.
I'm not much of a one for spending large amounts on one book, but in the case of the Jacques Ferrand books - I definitely make an exception!


Aloha from Kaua'i!

I ordered the "sample" chapters for my Kindle to see if I wanted to purchase it - and enjoyed them so much that I decided I should
actually order the "book" for my library - rather than Kindle!

Just got it yesterday and am looking forward very much to reading it!

Janet R.

The Windsors / Re: Princess Diana - Part 2
« on: October 21, 2011, 06:12:33 PM »


I too admire, respect and care for the memory of the late Princess Diana.  I do not "worship her" however - she was human and her imperfections were there.

Being the same age as she, I followed her right along from the beginning of the "fairy tale" of the royal wedding to the disillusion and break-up of their marriage. 

Speaking personally,  I cared for her more being a person who freely admitted not being perfect, than a cardboard cutout of a Royal - I think many people (including myself) related to her in some way and although it makes no sense whatsoever - felt real grief at her untimely death, as if I "knew" her, which of course I did not.

I surprised myself very much when upon my very first visit to London last month I had the opportunity to tour the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace.  When I got to the Throne Room with its large photograph of William and Kate sitting on the steps with their bridesmaids and pages - I suddenly flashed in my mind to the very similar picture of Princess Diana after her own wedding in that same location.  To my huge embarrassment and surprise, I actually teared up and became quite emotional (not overly so though, people weren't staring at me or anything!) - I can only say that being someplace so intimately associated with what seemed to be a very happy time in Princess Diana's life struck me in a very real way.

She was a special person who was as flawed as many of us and IMO, would have become someone who at 50, would have continued to inspire us in many ways.

I have to say a big "ditto" to Robert's comments - completely agree!  BYW Robert - I loved "your" London, even for one day!

Aloha all!

 :) ;D

Yes indeed!  I'm just wondering if in the short day and a half I have in London I will be able to pop into a bookstore I might chance upon as well!

Since I will have already shipped my purchased books at that point - I'll have to be very conservative though about what I buy!

Janet R.


Aloha all!

I downloaded the "free" chapter of the Anastasia "book" (and I use that term VERY lightly - lol) --- my favorite part of this excert was the part when......

Anastasia apparently LOVED "Bob's Big Boy" and "McDonald's" - LOL!!!!   OMG....this book might be worth purchasing for the laugh content alone!

Janet R.


Aloha all!

Definitely will be looking for that book on my trip - hoping for Librarie Galignani to possibly have it!

There is also the Abbess (spelling?) bookstore that I haven't gone to yet - it is also English language and worth checking out I think!

I definitely forsee a box of books being shipped home again this year from Paris!!

Janet R.


Aloha all!

I purchased this book with trepidation due to the author's "dicey" reputation for inaccuracy, etc. - and honestly, while I do love the front cover - that is the best thing about this book.

It is one of only a handful of books that I actually abandoned halfway and never yet is sitting waiting for me to be bored enough to finish it.

When you read books that are so careless of the facts and the personalities involved....I just get impatient and frustrated personally.

Definitely money I wasted when I purchased this book.

Janet R.


Aloha all!

Well, I do indeed consider myself a lucky woman - believe me, I am not taking this trip for granted in any way, shape or form!  I never expected to be able to go back so quickily after my first visit - but I am!

So, the Alexei Martyr book would be one (I know the title, just have to look it up)......and I'll check and see if Librarie Galignani has any more Jacques Ferrand books left....I even found a couple older Romanov related used paperbacks last year at Shakespeare and Co. - so I'll definitely be going back there (plus I love the place!).....

Please if anyone can think of books that might be found more easily in France (Paris).......very much appreciate any suggestions!

One month from tonite I leave - it is getting very close now - enough so to make it real!

Janet R.


Aloha from Kaua'i!

I am fortunate enough to be traveling to Paris again (I went last March for the first time) in mid-September - hooray!!!  Still am pinching myself, believe me!

Last year I found such a wonderful abundance of books (book in English and other languages) on various Royals - at Librarie Galignani on rue de Rivoli - it was book heaven!  I ended up puchasing quite
a few books there that I'd never heard of before as well as 2 of the Jacques Ferrand books that they had left - shipped all of them home thru the post.

Anyone know of any hard to find titles that might be found at this (or any other bookstores in Paris) relating to either the Romanovs or the British or French royalty?

Just throwing this out here, because I received some wonderful suggestions last year from the forum - for which I am truly grateful!

Janet R.

Aloha all!

I've just been enjoying (via Netflix) the serial program - "Downton Abbey" - kind of like an updated "Upstairs/Downstairs".

Some really wonderful actors in it (I haven't seen Elizabeth McGovern for years!) and the location is absolutely spectacular as well.

I think this was originally shown on PBS since it has Laura Linney introducing it each time as a "Masterpiece Classic" - just a great piece of TV!

The location is spectacular - what an amazing estate!!

Sorry, as this is rather off topic for the History Channel - this certainly wouldn't be shown there - I'd be far more likely to see truck drivers, loggers or crab fishermen there!  Oh, and I couldn't believe it, but some channel (either the History Channel or TLC, which is even worse) have some shows coming up about a truck shop somewhere in the midwest and "Hillbilly Handfishing" - now THAT is truly the strangest thing I've seen a commercial for yet - and that is saying something!!!

Janet R.

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