Back in 2003 I took a writer’s tour of the Regency Triangle: London, Bath and Brighton. Having my Regency romance, Lady Elinor’s Escape, on a Kindle Countdown sale this week brings back memories of that wonderful vacation. We visited many of the places Elinor does in the book, from Hyde Park to St. Paul’s.
I saw this house in a small village we visited on the way to Bath and immediately thought, that’s the house Elinor escapes from! I could almost see her peering out of one of the upstairs windows, dreaming of escape and adventure. What I didn’t realize at the time is that some of my ancestors came from the same general area in Wilshire. Now I can’t wait to go back and visit again.
In London, we saw Hyde Park, a bit of a disappointment since we were there during a time of drought and the grass was dried up and brown, as you can see from the photo. I’m sure it was much prettier in Elinor’s time.
One of the fun things my traveling companion and I did was go to London early in time for the annual London Open House. We got to tour some private residences, including one on Berkeley Square, prime real estate now and back in Elinor’s time. The famous London plane trees (sycamores) are a lot taller now than they were during the Regency.
Elinor and Stephen visit St. Paul’s Cathedral in one scene. Val and I enjoyed exploring Wren’s magnificent church, with its distinctive dome. The interior is just as impressive.
There are two other places she visits in the book, Hampstead Heath and Hampton Court Palace, which I never got to see on my travels. Next time, I hope. I’m tentatively planning another trip to the British Isles next year, depending on the pandemic situation.
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Don’t forget, Lady Elinor’s Escape is only 99 cents this week or read for free with Kindle Unlimited!