Rundale Palace – Latvia Part 2

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’

The Rundale Palace has been almost totally restored and looks good. You can wander around on your own and there is excellent information available in English in every room.
Some rooms were excessively opulent and decorated in just one colour; for example, the Duke’s bedroom was a strange dark green colour, but he obviously liked it as his bedclothes were the same colour. The room next door was the Audience Chamber or Waiting Room, which was a hideous maroon, obviously intended to unsettle people as I felt slightly nauseous and had to retire to the room next door, which was the Italian Room in a lovely light blue that made you feel happy and full of the joys of spring.

The best thing though was the formal gardens and their layout, which was very geometrical and done by an artist of some merit. There was one particularly lovely tree-lined avenue with a view of the palace at its conclusion.


Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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