Sunday, February 10, 2008

Kasteel de Haar

The girls visited Kasteel de Haar, the biggest castle in the Netherlands.

In 1890, baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt, inherited the impressive ruins of De Haar Castle. He had always been fascinated about his family history and had fantasized about rebuilding De Haar Castle on a grand scale as a monument of his family history. In 1887, however, he had married the French baroness Helene de Rothschild (member of the extremely wealthy De Rothschild family), which enabled him to make his fantasy come true.

They are at the age when people consider statues like this as very hilarious.

Many animals to visit on the castle grounds. The girls thought the ducks and swans swimming in the moat were very cool.

When nature calls, there are Royal Toilets to take care of your needs.

They found a really nice postcard at the castle.

I love the way she is all dressed up, and matter-of-factly nursing her little one.

This is the kind of things I miss in the United States, castles to visit and get a really deep sense of history and the people who were living there many centuries ago.

1 comment:

Epijunky said...

I loved the pictures, absolutely LOVED them. What beautiful country... I would be in heaven.

What a memorable trip for your kiddos.