Sunday, January 19, 2014

Soestdijk Palace in Baarn, the Netherlands:

Situated in the municipality of Baarn, Soestdijk Palace was originally constructed in 1650, in some form, and was last inhabited by Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard; the previous monarch before Princess Beatrix, and her son, the reigning King Willem Alexander. Opened to the public in the early 2000s, the palace now sits empty on the edge of woods, which shielded its backside from prying eyes during its days of formal use. Its rear gardens, formerly hidden, are now public gardens; the estate now property of the state. I spent Saturday strolling through these woods, with Amanda, and her fluffy friend–Mylo–who wasn't permitted to enter these rear gardens. Soestdijk Palace=dog unfriendly, but totally adorable and–dare I say it–cute.