Author Footsteps: Learn about Jane Austen in Bath

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

Jane Austen never really liked Bath, and didn’t do much writing while living there. Despite her disdain, Bath has become one of the more popular destinations for Austen fans. Not only did Austen live in Bath for a time, but she also set scenes in the city in several of her novels. Despite recognizing the absurdity of memorializing the author in a place she was happy to leave, I spent some time visiting several locations in Bath related to Austen and her brilliant heroines, starting with the Jane Austen Centre.

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Bath: It’s All A Facade (OPP Day 1)

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

If you take the time to wander around Bath, You’ll probably get lost You’ll begin to notice that everything. looks. the same., and You’ll feel so relaxed you won’t mind. Let me be the first to warn you. It’s all a facade! A big, giant, deception largely built by Britain’s high-class 18th century Georgian society.

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Welcome to Austen’s England & The Open Palace Programme

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

“Well folks, we’re a bit delayed because the airplane navigation lights aren’t working, but we’ll be fine.” I’d been lost in the book on my lap for the last 45 minutes when the captain’s announcement pulled me back to reality. I looked out the window at the fog and pouring rain. If it had been

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Love & Vermeer in Delft

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Holland

The girl wore a vibrant blue coat over her floor length dress. She appeared to have just come inside to find a letter awaiting her on the table. Without even sitting down she had opened the letter and began to read. I felt I had caught her in a vulnerable moment. She was absorbed in

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A Search for Clarity at the Anne Frank House

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Holland

The Anne Frank House Museum is not a place I ever imagined I’d visit unless I happened to find myself in Amsterdam. Well, here I am in Amsterdam and last night’s events made visiting this museum seem more imperative and more daunting at the same time.

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Chincoteague Pony Penning 2016 Video

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Misty of Chincoteague & Pony Penning Week 2016

To wind up the Chincoteague Pony Penning 2016 post series, I thought I’d try a new medium, VIDEO! There’s something about stampeding horses that just can’t be fully captured in photographs and description. This is an event much better seen in motion. I hope you enjoyed my first video. Let’s Talk! Let me know in

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Sunset Pony Viewing with Daisey’s Island Boat Cruises

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Misty of Chincoteague & Pony Penning Week 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if two inhabitants of the Tongass Alaska Rainforest convene in an alternate location, the rain will follow. And so it was that, having invited my parents to join me in Chincoteague for my birthday, we spent our last night with a storm chasing our tails. Micah and I

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The Truth About Misty & The Chincoteague Ponies

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Misty of Chincoteague & Pony Penning Week 2016

The truth is… Misty of Chincoteague was never part of the wild herd of Chincoteague Ponies. She was born in captivity at the Beebe ranch to two horses that also lived in captivity. Marguerite Henry did use the real names of Misty and her mother Phantom, as well as the very real traditions of the

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