Blog Moved to Own Domain

This blog has been moved to its own domain. Now I am posting more often I notice that there are quite a lot of things that I can’t do here on this free blog, but can be done when I have my own domain. Probably not many things you notice, but I do. Just extended…

Helen Rappaport – Caught in the Revolution

The opening weekend of the exhibition “1917. Romanovs & Revolution” at the Hermitage Amsterdam, The Netherlands, started off brilliantly. The opening was on Friday 3 February 2017 and afterwards followed a busy weekend with already many visitors. On Saturday there was a special event for the Friends of the Hermitage with a very well-attended lecture…

1917. Romanovs & Revolution

This month, February 2017, it is 100 years ago the February Revolution broke out that led to the end of the monarchy in Russia. On this occasion from 4 February to 17 September 2017 the Hermitage Amsterdam, The Netherlands, organises the exhibition “1917. Romanovs & Revolution”. An exhibition that in October will open in somewhat…

The Dutch Royal Barge

Just over 200 years ago the new King Willem I of the Netherlands wished for himself a royal barge, at the time a ‘must have’ if you were a European monarch. The 21-year-old architect Cornelis Jan Glavimans designed the barge and between 1816 and 1818 the royal barge was constructed at the Navy shipyard in…

Simon Sebag Montefiore – The Romanovs

It took a few weeks, but it was worth the wait for the book “The Romanovs 1613-1918” by Simon Sebag Montefiore that was published in 2016. I decided to borrow it from the library in Dutch, as the reviews had made me curious. Especially as of course it soon will be 100 years ago since…

Hubert de Givenchy – To Audrey with Love

A real noble and royal surprise this exhibition “Hubert de Givenchy – To Audrey with Love” at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, The Netherlands. By appearance quite similar to the exhibition about Dutch Fashion just over a year ago, this one is totally dedicated to the famous French couturier Hubert de Givenchy (* 1927) and…

Queens of the Nile

I was already interested in royalty when I discovered the Egyptian pharaohs. My parents had friends who had lived in Israel for some time and they had been visiting Egypt. Back in the Netherlands we sometimes visited them and I loved their photo albums and books, especially the ones about the pyramids in Egypt. At…