This past October, my husband and I went to England for a much-overdue trip. Yes, it was research. Yes, it included marvelous food and great restaurants and B and Bs. Yes, it included lots of walking. We took good shoes, wore layers for the chill...and had in hand our umbrellas.
Where did we go?
Hampton Court, Osterley Park, the Tower (for the hundredth time because hubby adores the place), St. Paul's (again!) and all the delights of Bath and riding the efficient Great Western Railway. In between, we dined.
First stop was Apsley House that gorgeous home of the Duke of Wellington. I will tell you one fact struck my husband, who is not a history nut as are others in this family. He commented that Wellington seemed to respect Napoleon. Why else would he have a marble statue of the man in his foyer? It is true that the Duke did think the Frenchman's skills were to be respected, honored and feared. We had no other pictures of the house as it is not possible to take them because flash deteriorates fabrics, art, decor, etc. But here is the Wellington Arch across the street from Apsley.
After leaving Apsley, we walked along Piccadilly and stopped for afternoon tea and divine pastries. One must keep up one's energy...and calorie count.
We did the Royal Cavalry Museum and smiled at the officers. Patted the horses. Went on to the Royal Mews which we highly recommend for those of you who always get a charge out of watching Britain's royal family take a little jaunt down the Mall in fabulous carriages. One carriage that knocked my socks off was the 22 carat golden leaf carriage made for George III in 1762. Here it is in all its fabulously gaudy glory!
We also toured that famous house Osterley Park in suburban London. This house, redecorated into a Palladian beauty by Robert Adam. Here the joys of the house included the Long Hall, meant for exercise when the weather prohibited one from walking outside.
|South Moulton Street today is a busy traffic free shopping area!|
We strolled through London to find South Moulton Street, where once modistes had shops. In fact, I wanted to take pictures of #6 because I had found records of a modiste shop there and put it in my new Regency Romp release, MASQUERADE WITH A MARQUESS. (out soon) Now many fabulous shops still cater to avid shoppers. See my picture here. Past Hanover Square, we went to that famous church St. George's where so many were married.
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