17 December 2013

Travels to the UK

This month my online book club, From Left to Write, was lucky to receive the amazing book Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon. It's sort of a follow up to Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, which is also a fab book!

As is the norm with this club, today's post is inspired by things the book we read brought to mind - not a review of the book. If you know me, you know I love history, and particularly British History (good thing I married a guy who majored in that in college!). I am lucky enough to work for a company based in Northern England, and got to travel over there twice this year.

For me, the enormity of history is art of the allure. Have you really ever thought about how many people have stood where you stand, or walked that path you're traveling down at the moment? Who built those walls? How much effort went in?

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pictures from my second trip, in May of this year.

durham

These are all from Durham Cathedral. I climbed the tower (it wasn't the easiest trek - so glad I don't do that every day!) to see the breathtaking view from the top - it was nothing short of stunning. Do you see how HUGE this cathedral is? I could spend days there. Weeks even. 

durhamcloisters

Here's a closer look at the cloisters. If it looks familiar, yes - it was in a bit of the early Harry Potter films. 

whitworth

I went for a walk one evening around my hotel, Whitworth Hall. Here's a few of the things I encountered within five minutes of leaving. Not bad, huh? It's a great experience. 

cardiffview

Before coming home I traveled down south to visit Cardiff Castle (I had a lovely day our with my boss, his wife, and their adorable girls!). I snapped this picture from the top of the Keep.

cardiff

I learned on our tour that this was basically just a vacation home for the last family that owned it. Not a bad set up at all - what a second home! It was absolutely breathtaking inside, and I cannot imagine being surrounded by that every day. 

I also discovered that the library was the set for a fabulous episode of my favorite show, Doctor Who. Yes, I got all geeky about it!

I'm hoping to go back over to visit soon...I *really* love it in England!

This post was inspired by Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon. Learn more about the family who lived in Highclere Castle, where the popular British series Downton Abbey is filmed. Join From Left to Write on December 17 we discuss Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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