October 12, 2013

Drottningholm Palace

On my mother & grandmothers first day in Sweden, we went to Drottningholm Palace. It is just 8 miles from our house and I had been dying to go there! 

Not going to lie I think I have been spoiled with European castles & palaces so I was not super impressed.  I guess one could say I'm immune. Places like Pena Palace in Portugal make it hard to appreciate the beauty of other places. I think my grandma really thought it was pretty, but she thought the gardens needed more flowers

We did enjoy our time at the palace. Even though the tour was very long & boring, I enjoyed the architecture and decor.  I liked it so much that I took lots of pictures right away! Then I found out photography in the palace was not allowed.
 What's done is done though so I'll share my photos with you :) 

Grandma and Mom in front of the palace 
Waiting room, turned bedchamber with hidden doorways to other bedchambers  
Gorgeous library  
Staircase painted to look like marble.. It was too expensive so the whole palace has fake marble that was all hand painted! It really looked real until I hear it was not!
Many of the ceilings were painted like this
Enjoying the fall day in the palace garden

In the evening we went to Sam's game and finished the evening in Gamla Stan with some drinks. 

Love having family here!! 

A little bit of information about the palace from Wikipedia:

The Drottningholm Palace (Swedish:Drottningholms slott) is the private residenceof the Swedish royal family. It is located inDrottningholm. It is built on the island Lovön(in Ekerö Municipality of Stockholm County), and is one of Sweden's Royal Palaces. It was originally built in the late 16th century. It served as a residence of the Swedish royal court for most of the 18th century. 

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