Just recently this book Eleanor of Castile by Sara Cockerill was released. Eleanor of Castile was the daughter of Ferdinand III of Castile and Joan, Countess of Ponthieu. Her exact birthdate is not known, but it is estimated that she was born in late 1241. Eleanor married Edward I of England on 1 November 1254. [read more]
While in The Hague for the Royal Gatherings weekend I heard about a special exhibition the The Hague Historical Museum has right now, called Courtly Rivals (Dutch: Rivalen aan het Haagse Hof) So, during the two-hour lunch break I walked to the museum, which luckily wasn’t far away from the hotel. I took these pictures [read more]
The last two days of my Vienna trip were spent travelling. Unfortunately, that is the downside of travelling by bus. They try to make it fun by adding an excursion to one of the days. For this trip, that was the city of Passau, famous for its organ, supposedly the second biggest in the world. [read more]
Day six of my Vienna trip was my last full day in Vienna and I used it to visit three museums. I bought a combi-ticket for both locations of the Art History museum and for the Imperial Treasury. I began in the Imperial Treasury because it was the first to open!
Quite a busy day today in Vienna! In the morning we went to the Hundertwasserhaus, which I liked but didn’t take too many pictures of. Afterwards, we went to the Danube Tower for a cup of coffee and to see the views of course. During the afternoon we were free to do what we wanted, [read more]
Day four began in the Seegrotte. In this old mine, an explosion took place and the caves flooded creating an amazing underground lake. The caves were also used as an aircraft manufacturing facility with the use of forced labour during the second world war. The water is amazingly transparent. We had a short stop at [read more]