Spala in Poland where the Czar had estates. They didn't go there after 1912 because Alexandra was afraid for Alexei who had had an accident there. Also, little Princess Elisabeth of Hesse ( Alix's niece) stayed with them, caught Typhoid and died there. They looked on it as a cursed palace.
A rare and unique set of 48 Autochrome color photograph plates, taken by Alexander Zehest in 1917 of the interiors of the Alexander Palace, including both the Parade rooms and the personal rooms of the Imperial Family, have been returned to the Alexander Palace Museum. The Autochrome process was a rare and difficult one, invented by the Lumiere Brothers of France in 1903 and marketed in Europe and the US starting in 1907.