Monday, 3 October 2011

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, L for Het Loo


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Palace of Het Loo at Apeldoorn.
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These photos were taken by me.

The word "Loo"means "wood"or "woodland", like the old English word "-lea".
Palace Het Loo is a palace, more than three hundred years old, right in the heart of the Netherlands, close to the town of Apeldoorn. The Palace of Het Loo was built in 1686 and until 1970 served as a hunting lodge and summer residence of members of the House of Oranje, the current Dutch royal family.It was also the home of the Stadtholder- King William III and his wife Queen Mary II of England.. William III was a Prince of Orange, his mother was a daughter of King Charles I of England, Mary II was the daughter of King James II. In the twentieth century, our Queen Wilhelmina lived in this palace. She was the last of our royalty who lived here.



 

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Photos taken by Stichting Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn.
1. Bedroom William III
2. Office Queen Wilhelmina
3. Courtroom


Now it has been open to the public since in 1984 after undergoing substantial restoration work. The beautifull furnished interiors give an impression of how the Dutch royal family lived here for three centuries.


 
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The reconstructed gardens breathe the atmosphere of their seventeenth century origin with their fountains and elegantly box-lined parterres. The palace’s setting in one of Holland’s most beautiful nature areas makes a visit a real delight at any time of year.


Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our new logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar.

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with L.

35 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What an incredibly beautiful place, Wil! Marvelous captures and I always love reading the history you provide! Thank you as always for sharing your wonderful world with us! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Carver said...

Wonderful shots and information about the palace.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a beautiful place. I can not imagine the heating bill. LOL! I really like the shot from above, the grounds are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your world for the day.

ρομπερτ said...

What wonderful journey you did provide. Thank you very much, as it looks so different from here. Please have a good Tuesday.

daily athens

hannah said...

I seem to have read that they brought most of their garden with them to England. And lots of special containers to display their plants.
Pity Mary didn't live that long, after she started her gardens over here.
Wonderful pictures. makes me want to visit there too.

EG Wow said...

T think it's amazing that it's now open to the public/ It's such fun to see what in the past only the rich and famous could enjoy.

Kay L. Davies said...

How lovely to see the palace gardens, Wil. We were there in early spring and nothing was blooming yet. The palace itself is wonderful, isn't it? I'd love to have the queen's office. What a perfect room it is.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Dianne said...

Thank you Will for taking us to this magnificent palace - your top photo with the vibrant shades of cerise is just beautiful!

Barb said...

I am in awe of the gardens. Thanks for the tour, Wil!

Sara Lorayne said...

Rocks and flowers....strength and beauty...wonderful!

Vicki Lane said...

So beautiful -- such lovely patterns in the gardens.

Arija said...

Somehow it is sad to reflect that royalty can no longer afford to keep up such grand palaces merely as hunting lodges. It is good that the state respects it's heritage and maintains these monument for the whole population to visit and marvel at all the grandeur.
A beautiful post, thank you Wil.

Indrani said...

Grand interiors.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I love seeing these beautiful photos! I like the history

Gattina said...

Beautiful palace, kings certainly knew how to live well ! I learned a new word "loo" = wood ! So Waterloo would be Waterwood instead of Water toilet, because I only knew the word loo as "where is the loo ?" lol

ladyfi said...

What ornate rooms and buildings!

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann!

Hvis Blogger's Sunday Walk blir en suksess, gjentas arrangementet til neste år. Du trenger ikke gå langt, kanskje bare til din nærmeste park!
Langt eller kort - det bestemmer du!
Poenget er å dele opplevelsen med bilder på bloggen din, så andre kan se hva du har sett- akkurat som du har gjort i dette innlegget!
Velkommen til neste år ;:OD)

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

BEautiful palace and grounds. But all I can think about is "loo." Does going to the loo come from this?

Jane and Chris said...

I'd love to have a look around the gardens!
Jane x

Kathy Bischoping said...

Splendid images, thank you!

Nanka said...

The palace and Palace grounds are marvelous!! The interiors are one of the most luxurious ones that I have ever seen!! The aerial view of the area is superb and the best I liked!! The patterns are fabulous!!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful images of palace. Thanks for sharing.

Roger Owen Green said...

great.
if woods means loo, then, you wouldn't need the loo, because you could use the woods. Or something.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Barbara said...

Amazing looking place - those interiors are breathtaking.

Scriptor Senex said...

Thats a stunning and Luxurious letter L!

Rinkly Rimes said...

Life may have been unfair in those days but it certainly gave rise to some lovely places.

photowannabe said...

My, what an elegant and lovely place. Thanks for the interesting information. I would love to visit there.

Hildred and Charles said...

A beautiful home for your Royalty, and gorgeous gardens. Great post Wil, - thank you again.

chubskulit said...

Such a beautiful palace!

Lessons at Home is one of my entries.

Red Nomad OZ said...

SOOO different to anything I'd expect to see downunder in Australia - especially in the Outback!! I thought the palace itself was marvellous - until I saw the ornate grounds!! But I don't think I'd apply for the job of gardener ...

Tumblewords: said...

An overwhelmingly beautiful palace. What a pleasure to 'visit' it. Thank you!

Jo Bryant said...

Hi Will - I loved the Palace - visited it when I lived in Holland - I loved anything to do with the Dutch royal family - they are so much cooler than Englands.

Jenny Woolf said...

I wrote an article some years ago on the Privy Gardens at Hampton Court Palace. They were very influenced by William and Mary and their wonderful gardens at Het Loo.

jeannette said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful palace with us, Wil! We moved a year later to the USA, that's probably why I didn't know it was open for the public.

Dina said...

Very beautiful but I'm glad I don't have to live in a palace.