Best. Day. Ever.
Well, to me at least. I have been in London for a week now and then continue our family vacation to Edinburgh, Scotland to visit my family for two additional weeks.
One thing that made it on the “must see/do” list when planning this amazing adventure was to visit Jane Austen’s House in Chawton. It was a nice break from the bustling city of London and easy enough to get to. The weather was perfect and made sure I informed the kids to “behave or else”.
It was more than I expected it would be. I was more emotional than I thought I would be. She is one of my most favorite authors and my introduction to a genre that popular books today try to emulate with strong women, tension and romance, delicious dialogue, humor and heartache, quirky characters, beautiful writing, plot twists and a HEA with no sequels! Amazing how that formula of writing has continued over the centuries. She was a true pioneer who took risks that paved the way for women in writing.
The most touching part of the experience was reading her actual letters to her sister Cassandra. The letter she wrote before she died was heartbreaking and I, along with other visitors, pretended to have allergies.
News around town is that Jane will be the new face on the ten pound note. England wanted another strong female to represent and she was chosen. Very exciting!
If you love Jane Austen a visit to Chawton is a must. After exploring the home, artifacts and garden just pop across the street for tea at Cassandra’s Cup or grab lunch and a drink at The Greyfriar.