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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2005, 10:30:37 AM »
 :D

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When her mother decided to have portraits painted, the artist informed her that rather than paint from photographs he must paint her children from life. "Even to paint their frocks he insisted upon them sitting to him for three or four hours each day," Miss Eagar relates. "Of course the poor children got very impatient, and one day the little Grand Duchess Olga lost her temper and said to the artist, 'You are a very ugly man, and I don't like you a bit!'"

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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2005, 10:49:32 AM »
Lol, I've always like the one about the paintings!
lol...I had already posted the one about Olga and the Policeman though.

I vaguely remeber one about Maria; there were cookie wafers in Alexandra's boudoir, and Alexandra told the governess that they should not be touched by the little girls. However, upon arriving back to the room, all the cookies were gone and little Maria sat crying and exclaimed: "I ate them all!"
The governess suggested a punishment for the little Maria and was to escort her back to her nursery alone, but Nicholas said "No, let her stay, I was always afraid of little wings growing."
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*I could just imagine the little toddler maria with cookies smudged all over her face!  ;D*
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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2005, 08:57:48 PM »
A story I know of is Gibbes was waiting for a while for the little pair to come and start lessons. However, the previous night, there was a "fancy dress" party. In a few minutes, in came the little Imp all black from soot and she was carrying chimney sweep tools...i.e. a little ladder, etc.
Gibbes, pretended not to notice and asked, "So, did you go to the party Anastasia Nicholaievna?" and she just laughed and said nothing. A moment later the double doors burst open and in came the giggling Olga, Tatiana and Maria, with a furious Alexandra yelling "Anastasia! Go and get cleaned up this INSTANT!” OTM trying to restrain giggles, Anastasia got up and came back a while later with a big red scrubbed face!

I thought that was funny.  I can perfectly imagine the Imp and her escapades! ;D
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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2005, 09:01:44 AM »
I am not sure, if it is anecdote or not, but this is about the Olyga Alexandrovna, the yanger sister of Nicholas.

Whe the deep wrinkles appeared on her face, she said that " Today, one very kind woman,  one of my very good frieds ,advised me to do something to fix my face in order to prevent it from the wrinkles. But I am very proud of my wrinkels- I said the  same thing to her: because with such appearance  I became to look as a n ordinary russian peasant woman. Papa would understand me"

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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2005, 11:30:47 AM »
When Russian troops entered in Paris (1813) under the guidance of the Alexandr I , they obviously had to eat somewhere. So, they entered in the ordinary caffe ( or something like this) and demanded strongly - "bistro , bistro " ( it means: faster , faster  in Russian ) .
They wanted to eat as soon as possible.
From that time  the ordinary small cafees in Paris have got the new name: Bistro
It is quite interesting that the famous French thing has the russian origin.

In order to make her position and situation more comphortable in new France ex-wife of Napoleon - Jozephine , gave as the present to Alexandr her Malmaison Art collection . She hope that the Alexandr will fall in love with you, but he did not.
He took with thanks the collection  with him and put it in the Hermitage.
So, we can see the pictures from Malmaison collection in the Hermitage.
Anyway, the calculation of the Jozephine was right.
She was not hurt.

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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2005, 02:25:56 PM »
These ancedotes are great  ;)!

More from the earlier romanovs:

Catherine the Great invited Louise of Baden (future wife of Alexander I), Louise' sister, Friederike (future Queen of Sweden), and their mother over to Russia for her and her grandsons to inspect.  Alexander got on well with Louise, who was a great beauty.  Constantine however was not impressed by the two baden princesses.  He said something like "Get these ugly princesses out of Russia!"

So, alexander ended up marry Louise and Friederike was sent home.  Yrs later, Constantine ended up marry Julianne of Saxe-Coburg.

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« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2005, 05:03:14 PM »
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When Russian troops entered in Paris (1813) under the guidance of the Alexandr I , they obviously had to eat somewhere. So, they entered in the ordinary caffe ( or something like this) and demanded strongly - "bistro , bistro " ( it means: faster , faster  in Russian ) .
They wanted to eat as soon as possible.
From that time  the ordinary small cafees in Paris have got the new name: Bistro
 It is quite interesting that the famous French thing has the russian origin.



Wow, i never knew that! Now i want to go to a Bistro!  ;)
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« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2005, 01:09:25 AM »
The stories about OTMA and Louise are very very good.
Now I have one story about the Tsarskoe Selo.
About Ekaterina Palace.

Everybody knows this gorgeous barocco-style palace full of gold inside. But almost nobody knows that in Elizaveth times the colums outside were covered with gold too. But climate of St. Petersburg is not good to gold. Wind , snow and rain forced to do recovering of the gold almost every year. It was so expensive and no necessary. So why, Catherine the Great , who loved the palace very much and who wanted to live there for a long time, ordered to take the gold immediately from the outside columns. A lot of merchants - owners of some companies began to competite each other trying to buy from the Catherine the right to take this quite a big amount of gold off from the walls.
But Catherine said: " I have no habit to sell my old clothes" .

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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2005, 10:30:25 AM »
Hikaru, your anecdotes are really entertaining! Thank you for posting them  :)

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« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2005, 11:27:10 AM »
Thank you very much.
Pls post yours.

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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2005, 12:44:10 PM »
I remember hearing one were I think Marie fell out of a window. Does anyone remember that one?  ???
Does anyone know of any more about Anastasia? I love to hear those! ;D




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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2005, 03:01:41 PM »
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I remember hearing one were I think Marie fell out of a window. Does anyone remember that one?  ???


Holly, yes, I remember that one. I first read about it on the forum. It goes something like that one time the four sisters were in their father's study while he was away. They were not supposed to be in there and when they heard their mother calling them, in an effort to hide, Maria jumped out of the window and I think one of her sisters was trying to hold on to her but she fell anyway. She wasn't hurt, though. :D

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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2005, 03:38:30 PM »
I believe there is a picture of the three girls hanging out the window of the room.  

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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2005, 12:34:03 AM »
The attitude of Nicholas to his children was very ordinary and simple. He often kicked them by foot.
Once upon a time on "Standardt" Duchesses became
extremely naughty: they went to the Captain's bridge and started to cry to the officers on the deck:
- Catch us! Catch us !!
Officers could not say "NO" to the daughters of the Tsar , so they obeyed , spreaded hands and started to catche girls who flied from the bridge.
Nicholas saw this . So , he took horsewhip , sneaked up
to girls from the backside and started to whip their legs
intensively. Girls screamed like little pigs.

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Re: Historical Anecdotes
« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2005, 12:54:01 AM »
In 18th century everybody in high society loved tramp games. Catherine the Great did the tramps very often.
But Catherine and her society did the tramp games not for money but for big diamonds.

Sometimes, not only for diamonds.
Catherine the Great did her best in order to collect very good pieces of the paintings for the Hermitage in order to show to the Europe that Russia is big, strong and educated country. According to her pen pale (or paul?) Diderot's information, Marquise de Conflans had
very good painture of Poussin. She wanted to get it.
But Louvre also wanted to get it.
SO, Catherine sent the order to D.A. Golitsyn , who was
the ambassador in Paris, to do something to get it.
Golitsyn made Mr. Conflans drank ( French man could not resist russian vodka) , did the tramp game and
picked up the painting, because Mr. Conflans loose the game.
WE can see this painting now in Moscow's Pushkin Art Museum.
The title of the painting: "Landscape  with Hercules and Cacus"