Tomorrow afternoon, Susana will be on her way across the pond to London for her 2015 English adventure. This time, however, she won't be traveling alone. Her dear friend Squidgeworth, who turned chartreuse with envy when his cousin Squidge got to travel there with Ki Pha earlier this year, will be accompanying her on the trip and posing for photos along the way. Squidgeworth and his cousin appear identical—as indeed does every member of the Squidge family—but the Squidgeworths are the aristocratic blue-bloods of the family. He was quite indignant that his commoner cousin got to visit the land of their ancestors before he did. He got over his fit of pique when Susana explained that she was going later this year because she wanted to visit when Buckingham Palace was open to the public. Squidge, after all, didn't get to go there.
So… where else are Squidgeworth and Susana going this year?
A dear friend invited them to stay a few days in Eastbourne, where they will be visiting Firle Place and/or the Glynde Estate, Chartwell, visiting the quaint village of Alfriston, and Quebec House. They will also be taking in a play called Flare Path.
From there, they will travel to London, where they will be residing in a rented flat near London Bridge. There are always plenty of things to see in or near London, and some of the places on this year's list include:
- Buckingham Palace (of course)
- Osterley Park
- Ham House
- The White Hart, St. Albans
- Marble Hill
- The Foundling Museum
- The Victoria & Albert Museum: specifically, the Vauxhall exhibit, with the Handel statue and supper-box paintings.
Day Trips from London
- Petworth, West Sussex
- Waddesdon Manor
- Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
- Burghley House, Lincolnshire
- Bateman's House, East Sussex
- The Bell Inn, Stilton
- Lyme Park, Cheshire
- Greenway, Devon
- Charlecote, Warwickshire
- Arundel Castle, West Sussex
Bath and Devizes
The Bear Hotel
In Devizes, Susana and Squidgeworth will be staying at the historic Bear Inn, which featured in Susana's Coaching Days & Coaching Ways blog series. Then they will spend two days in Bath, visiting some of the sights that figure in Susana's story, The Third MacPherson Sister, from the Sweet Summer Kisses box set.
Following that, S & S will be heading north for two nights in York, where they will be paying visits to Harewood, Castle Howard, and Haworth, as well as enjoying the lovely city itself.
England's Stately Homes By Train
Neither Susana nor Squidgeworth is interested in driving in England, so Cheryl Bolen's book, English Stately Homes By Train, has been very helpful in planning the trip. Susana used the print version for planning and will take the digital version on her iPad for the trip.