"aethereal rumours", ha-ha !!! CR Rickard A Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote: CR Mittal wrote: > > To me, Marie is suggesting something more the bracing air of the > mountains so soothing to one's nerves from the oppressive summer of > the plains. She is possibly hinting at the temporary, but necessary, > freedom from the oppressive eye of the society and its social/moral > inhibitions, the luxury of the beauty and the privacy that the > secluded mountain environs afford. //In the mountains, there you feel free (from your hubby).// Countess Marie Larisch had a home in the mountains called the Villa Valerie that was given to her by her parents. It was located in Rottach in the Bavarian Alps on the south shore of Tegernsee, a lake south of Munich. In her book My Past (pp. 207-8) the Countess wrote of this home and her being away from her husband George, the Count, while staying there. (See also her book Secrets of a Royal House, pp. 214, 217). My Past Chapter IX, The Infatuation of Mary Vetsera Marie Larisch (1858-1940) The first three paragraphs of the chapter. SINCE that October day when, solely to please the Empress, I became the wife of Count George Larisch, my life was more or less uneventful. My husband's sudden self-assertion had shattered Elizabeth's plans, and, although I saw a great deal of her when I, happened to be in Vienna, the confidential intercourse between us was practically over, and I sometimes bitterly reflected that my aunt did not seem to trouble about me or my affairs half so much as when I was more useful to her. The Count and I first lived in a remote part of Silesia, and we afterwards removed to another estate near where my husband's people resided. George was not on the best of terms with his relations, and he therefore decided to purchase a property in Bohemia, not far from Pardubitz, where he built a country house. I did not care greatly for our new home, which bored me excessively when the hunting and shooting were over, but luckily I owned a charming little place in the Bavarian mountains where I spent some very happy times with my children. Count Larisch did not give us much of his company in Bavaria, as he had a deep-rooted dislike to my country, and to my family; so his visits to the Villa Valerie only lasted a few weeks. But I was not actually unhappy; I loved my children; I had many things to occupy my time, and perhaps a little of the stolid Bavarian character made me philosophical. I had, like most women, some one for whom I cared, but this was my own secret, and the object of my affection knew nothing about it. I drifted peacefully through the days which were so much alike; I never expected any change, for my emotions had become dulled, and I had schooled myself to accept my life such as it was. The Villa Valerie currently is the rathaus (town hall) for the town of Rottach-Egern. Now for a bit of irony--there is a company that will arrange a "Romantic Wedding in Bavaria" where you can get married at the rathaus, Marie's old home away from George. Regards, Rick Parker --------------------------------- Pinpoint customers who are looking for what you sell.