An Evening with Christopher O’Regan


DSCN7994Had a phenomenal Saturday evening at Drottningholm Palace with Christopher O’Regan and the dazzling actor Johan Rabaeus who’ll play the character Salieri in the upcoming play Amadeus at The Royal Dramatic Theatre, (Dramaten).


DSCN8008The evening was a triumphant success with a mix of theatrical readings by the talented Johan Rabaeus, then Christopher O’Regan narrating the audience through the good and the bad of life during the late 1700s with classical interludes performed by a small ensemble playing music by Mozart, Kraus, Roman and more.


DSC_0184Picked up a signed copy of Christopher O’Regan’s book En Bädd av Dun, Livet Vid Gustaf III:s Hov (A Bed of Down, Life At Gustaf III’s Court) which I can’t wait to begin reading.

DSC_0187Then, an after party in the company of Johan Rabaeus. Splendid!

Steninge Palace

Stopped by my imaginary lover’s palace, Steninge Slott belonging to the late darling Axel von Fersen. Move over Marie Antoinette, I think I’d settle down nicely in this stylish mansion.

The view was spectacular, with the water coming straight up by the palace garden. My need for symmetry has been fully satisfied by yet another trip to a fabulous palace property. But the hunt continues…

What’s that I spot, a dark and reclusive love grotto? Ooolala, how scandalous!

In the Baroque gardens there was a monument honoring the life and unjust death of Axel von Fersen, probably best known internationally for his love affair with the French queen Marie Antoinette.

Rosendal Palace

Recognize this, my faithful devotees? In an earlier post I wrote about my future home, featuring this palace as inspiration. I’ve passed the beautiful exterior many times but, this summer casually passing by with envy in my eyes didn’t suffice, so I headed in doors. This little summer retreat in Stockholm’s Djurgården, a former hunting park, was built in the 1820s for King Karl XIV Johan, the first Bernadotte. The palace has never been a year round residence.

The interiors were lovely as I had expected but it’s still just as satisfying to get it confirmed. Me and auntie saw the beautiful sights of Rosendal palace and garden.

After enjoying the sights, we stopped by Rosendal’s garden café, which much to our disappointment were out of essentially everything. I was looking forward to nibbling on one of their summery salads, but to no avail.

Rosersberg Palace & Picnic

Stopped by Rosersberg palace to enjoy a tour of the beautiful interiors, the view and enjoy a picnic in the palace park. An extravagant excursion. I’d love to share some images of the divine decor but sadly photography was not permitted.

I made a new friend during my adventures, this adorable furry little baby calf. Far too cute!

Luxury picnic that consisted of homemade ciabatta sandwiches with a filling of smoked turkey, lettuce, Brie le rustique, and Vacherol cheese, served with cucumber sticks. Yum!

Enjoyed a bottle of La Mortuacienne Citron, Reine des Limonades.

The homemade pie made from apples from my apple tree turned out delicious. Recipe in previous post. Give it a try and enjoy!

Apple Tree, Apple Pie

Heading out to my garden to pick some apples from my apple tree. I’m planning on making a delicious apple pie for a palace picnic. Oooo!

My recipe:

2dl Flour

1-2 Tablespoons sugar

100g Butter or margarine

-Mix the ingredients together with your fingers until in large crumbs.

-Butter your pie form and cover it with apple slices.

-On top of the apples, sprinkle an additional spoon of sugar with a half a spoon of cinnamon and the crumbs. Whack it in the oven, for approximately 20 minutes at 225 degrees Celcius. Enjoy with a bit of vanilla ice cream or vanilla custard. Delicious!

Gustav III’s Pavilion at Haga

This summer is shaping up to be a magnificent one, filled with lovely sight seeing and adrenaline filled nature interactions and that’s only the Swedish portion of my summer vacation.

Palace interior image from Gustav III’s Pavilion Catalog by Göran Alm that can be purchased in the lovely gift shop. Link to the Royal Palace’s website.

Stopped by to visit the unbelievably gorgeous interiors of Gustav III’s Pavilion in Haga Park. It also happens to be one of the “finest examples of the European Neo-Classicism of the late 1700s in Northern Europe”

The Temple of Echo where Gustav III often enjoyed dining.

The palace gift shops are a treasure. Naturally, I fell for the stylish tassels and came home with a few as well.

The Copper Tents.

Ulriksdal Palace – Ulriksdals Slott

Stopped by Ulriksdal Palace to enjoy the lovely regal view but also to take a wander in their fabulously symmetrical palace garden. The bosque was designed by famous Hårleman and makes a big change from the free flowing nature mess that I’m dealing with in my personal garden. I’m tempted to get one of these stylish iron gates to shut my garden behind and just let the wild flow at its own free will. It would be preferable if all of the bugs and insects would stay behind the iron gate as well, I’m not a big fan of the creepy crawlers that I’ve recently met.

Ulriksdal Palace was originally known as Jakobsdal after its owner Jacob De la Gardie, who commissioned the architect Hans Jacob Kristler in 1643-1645 to build a country retreat in the Renaissance style. It wasn’t until Queen Dowager Hedvig Eleonora purchased the Palace in 1669 that the palace began to take its current form. In 1684, she gave the palace to her newborn grandson Prince Ulrik, and it was thereafter known as Ulriksdal.

Could gardening get any better than this? Beautifully cut green grass, tightly trimmed hedges in sharp squares and straight lines, a fountain and wild boar statues as that extra fierce detail. Such a triumph to see!

The garden also showed examples of how they were traditional used for the very practical reason of providing food for the dashing people living in the palace. Talk about sustainable living, who needs an organic supermarket when you can instead take a short walk into your garden and pick up whatever you fancy. My garden would be filled with darling berries such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, grapes and other delicious finger foods that I could casually snack on while reclining on my stylishly draped chaise longue. What would be in your garden?

I bravely decided to give nature another go by smelling some of the beautiful flowers found in the garden.

This lovely building seen in the distance is the orangery museum which houses not only plants, but also an exhibition of Swedish sculptures from the 1700s-1900s from the Swedish National Museum’s collection.

My favorite flower/plant from the otherwise vast collection.

The Palace Chapel, executed in a Dutch neo-Renaissance style, with inspiration from Venice was designed by architect Fredrik Wilhelm Scholander. It was inaugurated by Queen Lovisa on her name day, August 25, 1865.

By a small body of water on the property of Ulriksdal Palace stand a duo of statues called “Blackamoors Pulling Net”. They were executed by artist Pehr Henrik Lundgren in 1845 for Haga Park. Now the statues stand here, by Igelbäcken. The statues stand on both sides of the water that is connected by a bridge and the two men are seen gathering fish with their nets cast out into the canal.

If you’re wondering why I enjoy visiting palaces so much, the answer is simple. It’s because it’s like time travel, visiting another century only has to be a short car ride away. It’s also extremely fascinating learning about what life would have been like in the 18th century for example. I think I would have fit in perfectly with a powdered wig and a darling wide gown. But then again, I’m romanticizing the time, imagine living without electricity, heating, and so many other luxuries that we enjoy regularly. What century would you choose to travel to?

Safari in My Backyard

Stayed home today and I’d like to say that I was just relaxing and taking it easy but instead, I decided to get down and dirty by working the afternoon in the garden. Drama, it really is a jungle out there! Felt like I had gone rogue and was on an episode of Man vs. Wild as seen on the Discovery Channel. Quite a humbling experience and a change from city life, as I’ve had several nervous breakdowns today after a single afternoon of interaction. The images might look serene and peaceful but don’t kid yourselves as danger lurks in the grass. Previous encounters prove otherwise.

Enjoyed a glass of Äppelmust from the gardens of Drottningholm and Tullgarn Palace. The glass, a stylish statement piece that I recently acquired, is called “Sugar Dandy” and was designed by Åsa Jungnelius for Kosta Boda.

Watching the deadly lion ready to pounce from its natural habitat. I can’t help but think of the song In the Jungle from The Lion King.

The Chinese Pavilion – Kina Slott

As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to take an inspired visit to the Chinese Pavilion located in the surrounding park of the larger Drottningholm Palace. Just because I was born in Stockholm, Sweden doesn’t mean that I’m not a tourist who tends to keep my eyes wide open and camera in hand while marching onwards to the beautiful sites.

This darling mini palace, in a Chinoiserie and Rococo style, was given as a surprise birthday present to Queen Lovisa Ulrika in 1753 from her husband, King Adolf Fredrik. I thought it would be fun to see not only due to it’s lovely decor, but also as I feel I have a personal connection to the Chinese and Japanese styles after having lived there most of my life. It’s also part of UNESCO’s World Heritage program.

I keenly signed up for a guided tour of the charming palace that revealed facts and drew my eyes and ears to areas that otherwise might have been overlooked. An example of this was the whispering wall where the acoustics in the room would lead vicious gossip right into the ears of fellow courtiers standing on the opposite side of the room. Drama!

I’m ready to ditch my current abodes and move in permanently into this darling palace. However, there is no electricity, plumbing, heating, water, kitchen facilities or bathroom, dear me!