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Het Loo Palace

Today we cycled to Het Loo Palace some 3 miles away.  It has been a rather overcast day.

The first area we visited were the Royal Stables, a magnificent building on three sides around a courtyard complete with parquet flooring.

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There were still some horses in residence one section of the stables, the other sections were to house the carriages and cars.

The Queen had a carriage so that she could go out into the garden and paint!

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The painting carriage

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the inside of the painting carriage

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The Lions Head sleigh

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the gnome sleigh

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the oldest carriage

They also had on display the hearse carriage used by Queen Wilomina in 1962, apparently she didn’t want black as she believed that her life wasn’t over, just that she was passing onto another one

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It was a short walk to the palace and the building itself is really ‘nothing to write home about’ being very plain.  The interior was rather dark, partly the decor and partly the blinds being almost closed to preserve the paintings and tapestries.  The camera had real trouble as we were not allowed to use the flash.

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We were very fortunate in that on certain days you can have access to the roof for a euro and we decided to take this opportunity as you could see the details of the garden much better from that vantage point.

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As we left the roof terrace it started to rain and by the time we got to the garden it was raining ‘cats and dogs’.  We sheltered in a doorway for an hour before we could venture out!

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We managed to stay dry all the way back to van and it remained cloudy until 6pm, this has happened nearly every evening for the last 2 weeks – you get to 6 o’clock and the sun comes out, exactly on 7 it’s as though someone closes the curtains and sun go back in again!

We have nothing planned for tomorrow and Monday is ‘dogs to vets’ day before crossing back into Belgium ready for the eurotunnel on Tuesday.

 

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