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Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXXV
« on: June 23, 2010, 11:34:54 AM »

Maria and Anastasia with Alexandra


I love this photo! I've seen several from this day on the Beineke albums, not in colour of course, and they are so moving to me. You can see the real Alix in these photos, not the Empress. I love the way her hair is simply tied back; no fancy coiffure or jewells, just a woman and mother looking tired and worried.  I also love the way Maria's hair is loose and touseled as if she just woke up. The colouring is lovely.

Having Fun! / Re: What's On The Menu Tonight At Your Place.
« on: June 22, 2010, 12:09:18 PM »
Kids are away for the week on school trips so going with my friend to have Moo Shu vegetables with paper thin pancakes and hoisin sauce at my favourite authentic Chinese restaurant, Ming Teh!!

Having Fun! / Re: What's the weather like at your place?
« on: June 18, 2010, 03:23:48 PM »
Southern Ontario - hot and humid 25 Celcius - with just a nice bit of a breeze to make it all bearable!

Having Fun! / Re: IF Anwering Machine Messages
« on: June 16, 2010, 02:59:36 PM »
Thank you for calling the Alexander Palace. If you wish to speak to the Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias, Press 1;
If you wish to speak to the Emperor of Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir and Novgorod, Press 1;
If you wish to speak to the Tsar of Astrakhan, Press 1;
If you wish to speak to the Tsar of Poland, Press 1;
If you wish to speak to the Tsar of Siberia, Press 1;
If you wish to speak to the Tsar of Georgia, Press 1;
If you wish to speak to the Lord of Pskov, Press 1;
Etc, etc,


I fear poor Girard will have to lay off that lovely french food for a while to get in shape for the role!

The Habsburgs / Re: Books on the Habsburgs
« on: May 11, 2010, 08:29:49 AM »
I wasn't sure where to post this and I was kind of surprised there was no thread for the Great War. Amazon recommended for me today "The Eye of Enemy: Austro-Hungarian Photographs of the Great War (Hardcover)".  Just wondering if anyone has this book and what they think of it. I believe the author is Italian and the photographer was Italian as well. Thanks!

Q&A and Interviews / Re: Travel to Russia  - Exeter International
« on: May 10, 2010, 12:07:05 PM »
I have been researching for a trip for some time now. I had always hoped to have at least 3-4 days in the city and to see the following:

1. Hermitage
2. St. P&P Fortress
3. Yusupov Palace
4. St. Isaac's Catheral
5. Church on the Spilled Blood
6. Peter's Summer Palace + Summer Gardens
7. Alexander Palace

I know there are those who would say, what about Peterhof, Catherine's Palace or Pavlovsk?; but I have tried to narrow sites down to the ones that I want to see the most as I know I cannot possibly see them all due to limited time and resources.  My number 1 stie to see is the Hermitage. I have studied their web site for ages and to the point where I feel as though I could walk through there blindfolded and know my way! I do not plan on a simple 2 hr. stop here, I have planned at least half a day for the Hermitage. Does this list sound feasible to do in 3 days or 4 days?

Q&A and Interviews / Re: Travel to Russia  - Exeter International
« on: May 07, 2010, 10:22:42 AM »
I was told you could see a great deal of the City in three days.

Q&A and Interviews / Re: Travel to Russia  - Exeter International
« on: May 06, 2010, 11:08:48 AM »
And the ship is called "The Princess Maria" - how lovely! 72 Hours in St. Petersburg without having to obtain a VISA would be a fantastic trip!

You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... you hear Coldplay's Viva La Vida and all you can think about is poor Nicky.  Here are the lyrics:

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Nor in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own.

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing,
"Now the old king is dead, long live the King!"

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand.

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Calvalry choirs are singing.
Be my mirror, my sword, my shield,
my missionaries in a foreign field.
For some reason I can't explain,
I know St. Peter won't call my name.
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world.

It was the wicked and wild wind,
blew down the doors to let me in.
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become.

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be King?


The Windsors / Re: Movies about the British Royal family
« on: April 22, 2010, 03:07:35 PM »
I saw "The Young Victoria" last night and I quite enjoyed it. Of course it's impossible to do a film that is 100% historically accurate. Still, I thought the cast did a lovely job. I've read through this thread and I have to admit I am always disheartened when I read posts where people are making negative remarks such as they did with the photos of the Sarah Ferguson and her daughters. No one is perfect. Very few people are beautiful on the outside. Many are beautiful on the inside. Why do people put so much emphasis on looks?  I think Fergie looks great and her daughters are adorable. Why not look for the positive and keep the negative comments to yourself as they are hurtful and unnecessary.

This book was on my Amazon wishlist for a long time before I finally ordered it. It does not disappoint! It is a lovely book. The photos of Queen Maud's wardrobe span the years from her youth to her old age and it is interesting in the fashion sense to see how styles have changed over the years. There are also some pictures of Maud wearing the outfits as well.  It still amazes me how tiny, and I mean TINY, her waist was. I don't know how she was able to eat or breathe during the corset years. Later years the styles became more relaxed through the waist.  I would definitely recommend this book as part of a Royal collection.

Having Fun! / Re: Your self in 5 words
« on: April 05, 2010, 10:46:45 AM »
Witty, Intuitive, Creative, Loyal, Kind

Having Fun! / Re: Do you dislike a Windsor?
« on: March 11, 2010, 10:47:39 AM »
I've always liked Camilla. She seems so much more suited for Charles than Diana was. She's so witty and they have more in common like the Fox Hunt which Diana always hated.  Obviously Charles loved Camilla first but was unable to marry her at that time.  I'm glad they were able to marry in the end. Please don't get me wrong, I loved Diana, she was beautiful and caring and wonderful! But I also think Camilla gets a bad rap that she doesn't deserve. The Windsor that I like the least is Queen Mary.  She always seems so cold and appears to care more about her jewells than her children. I may be wrong, but that is the impression I get from her.

News Links / Re: Georgy wants the Ekaterinburg remains re-examined
« on: March 04, 2010, 09:05:11 AM »
Thank you Margarita for taking the time to reply to my question. I greatly appreciate it!!

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