The Royal Palace

The ceiling in the foyer of the Drottningholm palace
The ceiling in the foyer of the Drottningholm palace09-Oct-2011 13:17, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 2500
Drottningholm palace - View from the gardens
Drottningholm palace - View from the gardens09-Oct-2011 13:52, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 4.0, 10.775mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
The Royal Palace in Drotningham is where the current Swedish monarchy resides. The palace is a world heritage site and immaculately maintained. I took a tour of the inside – you get to see only part of the palace. It is more like a veritable museum with large, centuries old paintings dotting every conceivable space on the wall. Much of the furniture is original, but what caught my attention was the outside. The palace sits on a serene lake, well protected from the main city – a truly private and secure place for a king to live and function.
Royal sheep - well fed to end up on the Royal plates?
Royal sheep - well fed to end up on the Royal plates?09-Oct-2011 14:44, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 4.5, 30.5mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100
09-Oct-2011 15:00, Canon Canon PowerShot G12, 4.0, 6.785mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 160
 
The gardens are one of the largest in the world – while it doesn’t have the variety of flora and fauna that you would expect in a garden, the well maintained lawns and precisely cut hedges spread over a vast area. The Chinese pavilion is a must visit way back of the palace, but was closed in October; the coffee/pasty shop is a nice stop and the seating inside is from a past century, with wooden benches and ultra thick walls that are over two feet thick. It only takes a few moments to sit down and sip a coffee to realize how life would have been hundreds of years ago – such is the condition of the surroundings. The garden spread well into the back of the palace and easily tops one kilometer one way to the end. The king and other royalty surely had a nice place to walk or trot their horses right at the back of their home to catch some crisp, Swedish Fall air.

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