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England/Wales 2013: The 6th day - Chatsworth House and the Peak District

Chatsworth House

Again a tribute to the literary undercurrent of this trip - being in the neighbourhoud, a visit to Chatsworth House, to fans of Jane Austen dramatizations also known as Pemberly 2, was absolutely necessary...

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England/Wales 2013: The 5th day - A Cotton Mill and Inspirations from York

Cotton

Our visit to the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum in Lancashire proved to be an interesting and important lesson on the social implications textile production had during the industrial revolution....

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England/Wales 2013: The 4th day - Quilts, Quilts Quilts!

Welsh Wholecloth Quilt (Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre)

If you like wholecloth quilts, you would have loved to be in our shoes on this fourth day of our trip...

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England/Wales 2013: The 3rd day - Crescents, Circus, and Quilts

Pratt Hotel

After a walk through its streets, circles and crescents we also consider a certain Anne Elliot's dislike of Bath a prejudice and a mistake. Who could not fall back into a leisurely stroll and out of our 21st century trot after fame and fortune when promenading through this lovely town which owes its architecture and reputation to the Regency era when Bath was an important and very fashionable spa town...

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England/Wales 2013: The 2nd day - Jane Austen and the first glimpses of Bath

England/Wales 2013: The 2nd day - Jane Austen

The underlying motif of this trip being literature, a stop at Chawton House was indispensable on our way westward. Here, Jane Austen lived with her mother and sister Cassandra after her father's death. It was one of the most productive periods as a writer and she revised and rewrote some of her major novels and finished her last novel, Persuasion.

England/Wales 2013: The 1st day - V&A and Liberty

England/Wales 2013: The 1st day - V&A and Liberty

The first destination after landing at Heathrow Airport was the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. One of the greatest museums in the whole world and one where you can certainly get lost for a week and not even realize that you haven't been home for a while...

Packing for a Quilt Trip

Especially in air travel, the quantity of luggage which can be taken along free of charge has been reduced step by step over the years. The downside is that packing has become a little more difficult and today requires more thinking as one just cannot throw another pair of shoes into the suitcase just because they better match with the blue skirt (which should have been replaced by a more versatile pair of pants anyway). The upside is that lugging around one or even two very heavy suitcases is also thing of the past...

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Great Lakes 2005 – The 15th Day

Horsedrawn carriage

Unfortunately, I had only planned one day for Mackinaw City. Therefore, I had to leave the motel shortly after sunrise (ok, ok, not SHORTLY after sunrise ;-) and board the ferry to Mackinac Island to have as much time as possible to explore the island in a leisurely manner....

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Great Lakes 2005 – The 14th Day

Mackinaw City

Luckily the sun was back and smiling down on me. After my shenanigans in the wilderness yesterday today I wanted to visit the famous locks in Sault Ste Marie...

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