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Outings In England: Day Trip

England: General LITERATURE + FILM NATURE + GARDENS

The Lake District

June 7, 2014

For the long holiday weekend

we took a quick zip to the Lake District,

the largest and most visited National Park in England

located near the Scottish border

Visit Beatrix Potter's Lake District

You can see how this area has inspired so many authors

including William Wordsworth and Arthur Ransome

The area is known for its

long, thin lakes

hills (known as ‘fells’)

verdant countryside (indicating it rains a lot)

and hardy Herdwick & Swaledale sheep

Aren’t you in love already?

We visited Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse, Hill Top,

which was a real highlight

We saw local village locations that appear in her books

such as this letter box

Queen Victoria was the first to put her ‘royal cypher’ on new postboxes
Here, ‘GR’ indicates this letterbox was placed during the reign of King George V (George Rex)
Queen Elizabeth II’s royal cypher is EIIR (Elizabeth II Regina)
Rex/Regina is Latin for king/queen

So glad we fit in this last trip!

Well worth the five hour drive 🙂

Visit Downton Abbey Locations
England: Kent + Surrey LITERATURE + FILM

Downton Abbey Film Locations

Highclere Castle is the primary film location for ITV’s popular Downton Abbey television series Highclere Castle is open to the public select days each year Although I won’t have a chance to visit Highclere Castle, I recently had tea at Byfleet Manor (aka Lady Violet…

June 1, 2014
C.S. Lewis's Home
England: Berkshire + Oxfordshire HISTORY LITERATURE + FILM

C.S. Lewis

  – Last week I traveled to Oxford to visit the home of C.S. Lewis, who is famously known for writing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Today, his home ‘The Kilns’ is not a museum but a residence that houses visiting scholars So many fun things…

November 6, 2013
Rooftop Tour Of Hampton Court
England: Kent + Surrey HISTORY

Rooftop Tour Of Hampton Court

Hampton Court is best known as the grand palace of King Henry VIII (the one with six wives) and is situated just outside London – It is also famous for its 411 chimneys, many of which I saw up close on a recent rooftop tour…

September 18, 2013