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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.

walled houseI 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.

Berkeley SquareOne 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.

St. Paul'sElinor 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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London’s Magnificent Westminster Abbey #TuesdayTravels

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I missed Westminster Abbey on my first trip to London, so seeing was a high priority this time. My sister-in-law Renee and I were the only able to actually tour the historic church.

Jewel Tower

Jewel Tower

We passed the Jewel Tower on our walk to the abbey, but we didn’t have time to go in. This tower is a remnant of the old Palace of Westminster, most of which was destroyed by fire in the 19th century. Originally built to house the personal treasure of Edward III, it later became the archive for the records of the House of Lords.

I’m using images from today, because the building was surrounded by scaffording during out visit. According to their website, they are building a new museum and gallery in the Medieval triforium, which is found seventy feet above main floor. When completed, visitors will have panoramic views of Westminster and into the interior of the church. This is what it looks like without the scaffolding.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey – photo from

We had to wait at least twenty minutes in line to get in, but the wait was so worth it. The price of admission includes an audio guide that explains the many points of interest inside. The abbey is fascinating, with lots of side chapels of interest. The building is over a thousand years old and has been the coronation church of the British monarchy since William the Conqueror in 1066. The abbey started life as a Benedictine monastery, but was rebuilt in the Gothic style between the 13th and 16th centuries. (It takes a very long time to build a Gothic cathedral.)

Westminster Abbey window

Westminster Abbey window – photo from

Many famous people are buried inside. Poet’s corner was fascinating with its collection of burial spots and plaques commemorating Britain’s great writers and poets. One of the most interesting side chapels is where Elizabeth I is buried along with the remains of two of her greatest rivals, who also happened to be relatives. I refer to her half-sister Mary Tudor, aka Bloody Mary, and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, whom Elizabeth had beheaded. I find it fascinated that the three are still linked in death as they were in life. More amicably, one would hope.

Westminster Abbey cloisters

The tour ends at the cloisters where there is a small museum before you get to the obligatory gift shop. This is my photo of the cloisters. It was quieter here and less crowded. I expect this was part of the old monastery, since the cloister is a feature of the monastic life.

As much as I enjoyed touring the Abbey, I still think St. Paul’s is my favorite London church.