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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Finding Comfort Across the Globe: Bryson & The Roman Baths

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

I’d been feeling nervous and jittery, and beginning to wonder if I’d made an enormous mistake when 4 simple words dispelled my anxiety. Only hours ago I’d arrived in a new city, been introduced to twenty girls with whom I’d spend the next three weeks, and I’d retained the names of exactly zero so far.

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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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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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Beckford’s Tower: Holiday in a Writer’s Retreat

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

While some reclusive writers favor retreats hidden away, William Beckford instead built a tall tower everyone could see, with no inclination of inviting anyone inside. If you’re looking for a quiet retreat with a reading nook above the rooftops, the lower rooms of Beckford’s Tower are available for weekend rentals.

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Windsor Castle: How Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House Library Helped Boost An Economy

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

Did you know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote an original manuscript, and it’s about one inch tall? Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, on display at Windsor Castle, has a library filled with tiny original manuscripts by several now famous classic writers such as J. M. Barrie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the famous cartoonist Fougasse.

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