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New Stops on the 2016 Tour!

Due to one of our museum collections going “offline” for a season of restoration and another temporary closure, we have swapped this year’s itinerary around a little bit and added three new destinations!

silkmuseumFirst, we will travel to Macclesfield in Cheshire to see the Silk Museum, which includes a working mill from the Victorian Era. After our guided tour, we will depart for Tabley House, one of the finest Palladian mansions in England with a stunning collection of 18th-century portraiture. (If you enjoyed the Jeremy Brett “Sherlock Holmes” TV series, you will probably recognize Tabley House as one of the locations used in filming!) We’ll enjoy luncheon together in the tea room and take part in a private tour before departing via train for York.

Tabley House, Cheshire

Tabley House, Cheshire

newsteadabbeyNext, because the Bowes Museum has closed its private store to study groups while a special display is in the main part of the museum, we are now going to enjoy the delights of Newstead Abbey, which boasts the Nottingham historical costume collection from the mid-16th century forward. Our group will have private access to the collection and the opportunity to study specific garments up close. We’ll close our visit with a group luncheon in this stunning stately home with its exquisite gardens.

We do still have two slots open for this year’s tour, so if you’d like to jump in before we close the group on May 31st, please contact me at the link above.

Day Six: Last Morning in Bath

Front entrance to the Pump Room and Roman Baths.

I awoke Sunday early, in spite of my determination to sleep in after the ball. Somehow the body clock was convinced I must get up. Oh, well. I packed up and went down to breakfast, then took a last stroll around the Abbey yard and surrounding streets. I do love Bath. It never grows old, and I always look forward to returning!

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Day Two: A Dose of the Brontes!

The parsonage itself, which sits in a bright beautiful garden overlooking tens of thousands of graves in the neighboring churchyard!

I woke up early Wednesday, since my body clock was telling me it was 7:30am when it was 6:30, so I decided to try the Minster again, as morning matins are scheduled daily for 7:30am. Walking around to the front entrance at 7:15, I found the door open but saw no one inside. I let myself in and listened, but the only sound that met my ears was that of a vacuum!

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Introducing York!

The awe-inspiring sight of the cathedral's side entrance with the famous rose window at the top.

Being introduced to a new city is like being handed a Christmas present. You have no idea what’s inside and whether you’ll like it or just be polite about it and say things like Emma Woodhouse would: “When pressed, I say she’s elegant!” Well, I didn’t have to force politeness after my introduction to York by my friends Suzi and Keith, who absolutely adore the place and visit each year.

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Costumes in Snibston and Home!

Because my flight out of the UK was late at night, Cathy and I had a full day to kill on the way to Heathrow. She recommended we stop at the Snibston Discovery Museum, which is just off the motorway. I’d taken my tour group there in 2012, and we enjoyed not only the museum displays but behind-the-scenes study of the fabulous Symington corset collection. Cathy mentioned there was a new display in the costume section, so I readily agreed to the stop.

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Kedleston Hall

The Marble Hall. It is absolutely stunning in person!

We had a wonderful, quiet Sunday morning (well, Cathy drove the sitter home while I chilled out with my baby on the couch!), then I happily took up Cathy on her offer to see Kedleston Hall, which is another of Derbyshire’s stately homes that features jaw-dropping Robert Adam architecture (perfectly preserved upstairs) and the wonderful Indian collection of the late Lord and Lady Curzon.

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