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Offline archéologue

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Swimming
« on: July 09, 2012, 05:44:02 AM »
Does anybody know if Nicholas and Alexandra's children liked to go swimming? Maybe they went swimming when they were at Livadia or on vacation on the Standart.

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Re: Swimming
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2012, 08:35:56 AM »
They did -- there are photos of them swimming in the Crimea. Olga's 1913 diary also mentions going skinny-dipping near the vineyards at Livadia. I also recall a letter from Maria or Anastasia to Nicholas, thanking him for allowing them to swim in his large bathtub at the Alexander Palace.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2012, 09:03:12 AM »
They also swam often in the Finnish Fjords, the albums from Vyroubova at the Beineke Library have dozens of photos of swimming there.

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2012, 01:34:48 PM »
One of the scarier moments in their lives happened while they were swimming. The GDs were swimming in the Crimea with Nicholas one day, around 1906, when a large wave came over them. It apparently barrel rolled them and while the Tsar and the other three Grand Duchess's resurfaced little five year old Anastasia got caught under the wave. Nicholas frantically dived in after her and was able to reach far enough to grab her long hair and pull her safely to shore. Aunt Olga Alexandrovna recalled being horrified in those initial moments of panic, having "gone white with terror".

I also read that while the incident didn't keep the children from ever swimming again it did compel Nicholas to build a canvas pool for his daughters as an alternative to the sometimes rocky waters of the sea. 
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2013, 09:01:43 PM »
wow, i had never heard that story. was it in Olga Alexandra's memoirs?
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 09:10:08 PM »
Not certain but I think so. Can probably be found easily enough.
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Re: Swimming
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 08:08:19 AM »
wow, i had never heard that story. was it in Olga Alexandra's memoirs?

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Re: Swimming
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2013, 05:52:51 PM »
Thanks sarushka
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