So instead of sharing about our travels during my monthly Austenesque Agenda posts, I thought it would be best to do a post just about our recent trip (last month we went to England and Ireland!). Especially since on our recent trip we saw some Jane Austen friends, authors, and places!
This was our second trip to England. Our first one was in 2014 and it was amazing and weknew we’d want to come back again as soon as possible. Well, we had 3 specific reasons for traveling to the UK this year:
- Mr. Bingley was invited to check out this super big saxophone store that has 2 locations in England.
- We had friends who live in Dublin inviting us to visit before one of them moves in a few months.
- I was itching to see more Jane Austen places and meet with friends an authors that live in England!
We started our trip in London and while there we went to several attractions we didn’t do the last time we were there.
Westminster Abbey (awesome audio tour inside!)
Buckingham Palace (we did actually see it last time, but we were with a huge crowd for the Changing of the Guards)
~ Tower of London (crown jewels, armory, execution tower – so much to see here!) ~
~ Tower Bridge (Definitely fun to walk across!) ~
~ The Shard ~
~ Churchill War Rooms (another amazing audio tour!) ~
And we had a very special first-time meeting with Leslie Diamond who was so kind to come and have lunch with us! We talked about Jane Austen, writing, swimming, life in England, travels in Europe, and Deadpool!
And then…while Mr. Bingley went to his saxophone store the lovely Joana Starnes and I planned some Jane Austen adventures!
The first one was Lyme Park…a.k.a. Pemberley!
And surprise! It was the beautifulest, most sunniest day we had in England!
What was special about this Pemberley trip was meeting online friends like Glynis and Míra! <3 So happy they were able to join us!
I wonder what Joana is thinking about as she gazes at Pemberley!
Discussing Pride and Prejudice…what else?
When we got to the room where you could dress up in Regency Era costumes, Joana asks if I want to dress up…(I so did, but didn’t wan’t to be the only one!) My reply: “I will if you will!” Love that she was game to dress up with me! 😉
<3 Fun times at Pemberley!
Looking for Mr. Darcy
We trekked through the park to find this very special pond, where we sat and had our lunch!
According to the experts (Joana and Míra) they are standing right near where Colin Firth jumps in the pond. 😉
Such an amazing day!!!
~ Day 2 of our Jane Austen adventures was Bath ~
Upon arrival you must stop at the Pump Room!
We sampled the waters, not bad!
Bath Assembly Rooms
No. 1 Royal Crescent (a preserved Georgian Home Museum (wonderful!!)
The Royal Crescent (with sunshine!!)
The Jane Austen Centre (Didn’t do the tea, but I did enjoy the museum…and of course the shop…and lovely Martin!)
Our perfect day ended with perfect Sally Lunn Bunns!! They were so good!
Oh boy! This post is already long and I haven’t gotten to Ireland yet! I’ll be brief as possible!
In Dublin we did the main touristy attractions and enjoyed a walking tour – Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar.
But my favorite days were when we went out west and saw the country!
We drove the Slea Head Loop Drive on Dingle Peninsula.
And it was just too beautiful!
Could you imagine living here?
Dingle itself was adorable!
On our way through Dingle we saw this sign that said: Hold a Baby Lamb ->
We, of course, pulled over to do just that! And we were lucky, we caught them at feeding time!
And then we headed to the CLIFFS OF INSANITY!!!!! (Princess Bride reference) Real name – Cliffs of Moher!
We must’ve had the luck the Irish with us because of how sunny and clear the sky was (our friends said all jokes aside they haven’t seen sun like this in months) and we had barely any wind (which you really don’t want when you are standing on 700ft high cliffs with no barrier!)
We stayed until sunset and it was well worth the wait!
Love him! <3
Our last bit of Irish fun was back in Dublin where I finally got to see some real Traditional Irish music!
And we got to sit 2 feet away from the musicians!
And that’s our trip! It was eventful, amazing, jam-packed, and we feel so fortunate that we got to visit with so many friends and meet some new friends in person for the first time! <3
Thank you for reading and looking at our photos, dear friends! It is always so fun to share our adventures with you, I’m sorry if this post was too long! Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them.
– The Bingleys