I stayed in the city of Apeldoorn in a rather luxurious hotel near the former royal palace Het Loo, which is now a museum showing how the Dutch royalty lived in this palace for many years. I decided to visit the palace, its gardens and the park around it on my first day there and the next day I went to the big annual book fair in the nearby city of Deventer.
In this post and the next I'd like to give you a photographic impression of that trip. Please keep in mind the weather was often very cloudy, so not every picture turned out as bright as I would have liked, but I think you will get a good idea of where I was anyway.
Today I'll just show you an impression of the palace and it's gardens. Hope you enjoy!
|One of the roads that leads to the palace.|
|The palace at the end of the above road.|
|Inside the royal stables. Only one horse was still residing there.|
|I just loved the look of all these keys.|
|Inside the stables. I love the lettering and the clock.|
|The gallery next to the stables on a rare people free moment. It was actually quite busy.|
|The stables from the outside. This is just one wing of them.|
|Onto the palace.|
|Close up of entry. By the way, us commoners had to take the steps down and did not enter through that majestic door.|
|The gardens were the best part of the palace if you ask me.|
|There was Delft's Blue china scattered around the garden. It was part of a special exhibition.|
|My favorite part of the gardens was this covered walkway that was almost like a maze.|
|It led all around a little garden in the center of it. I thought of the book 'The secret garden' while walking it.|
|An overview of half of the gardens at the back of the castle.|
|At the end of the gardens are these colonnades.|
|The place also has several fountains.|
|The collonades from the other side. I sat underneath them with some very nice ice cream!|
|The castle and part of the gardens from the other side. The sun had come out as you can see.|
It was lovely to roam around the gardens and discover little gardens within the bigger ones. Can you believe this was like a summer house for the royals?
The funny thing is that even though the palace itself is huge, the rooms inside were quite cosy and compact. I guess the Dutch royals enjoyed a bit of snugness just like the rest of us. :-)
In my next post I'll show you the park surrounding the palace gardens and my trip to the book fair. Until then I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day!