After stopping by the former queen’s estate – though we didn’t get to see anything beyond the gate – and a castle-turned-events site, our next stop for the day was another queen’s residence — Soestdijk Palace. It reminded me somehow of the movie Somewhere In Time. Luckily this time, they did allow us a peek inside.
There happened to also be a weekend market that pretty much catered to the local crowd. From rural chic, wooden decor for your weekend rest house in the mountains to car-pulled luxury caravans to souped up Land Rovers – for when you have to visit Queen Elizabeth when she’s in Balmoral. It wasn’t your regular Sunday market, and some of the crowd was interesting to say the least.
I heard the castle was only open for a few times a year and apparently only to raise funds for renovation work. Sad to say, the interiors weren’t up to snuff, and in a lot of places it looked like they let it go. Lots of history though and a very nice diversion on a lazy weekend.