{SE Travel Edition}: Two C's: Chatsworth & Cambridge

While the vast majority of my Easter "break" has been devoted to writing essays - thirteen thousand words worth to be exact -, I have had a bit of fun and done a few other things.

My actual break took place around Easter weekend when a friend came to visit me. We've both bounced around quite a bit of the world since we've last seen each other in person and it was the perfect chance to catch up. And geek out over all things England and Austen. Yes, Jane Austen.

The day after my friend arrived, we hit the road - ok we actually hit the rails and then the road - and visited Chatsworth House. If you're a fellow Austen fan, you might recognize it as the house which was used as Pemberley in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. It's also rumoured to be the actual house that Jane Austen based Pemberley on in the book.

Chatsworth is an imposing structure!
 The house is exquisite in its own right with centuries of history. Pictures don't even begin to do it justice. It's like a small(er) version of the Palace of Versailles.

Who's coming for dinner tonight?

Famous scene alert!
It was such a fun day out!

The next day we enjoyed spending Easter morning at my church followed by Easter lunch (American style).

Monday morning we were off bright and early to go to Cambridge for a day before we went to Bath for more Austen! Cambridge was beautiful and it was the perfect way to break up the train trip. We enjoyed popping in and out of the different colleges and seeing the city! There is so much history there.

Christ's College, University of Cambridge
Punting boats on the river!
And then there was Bath.

But let's be real here. Bath will get its own blog because ... well, it's Bath. It's one of those trips that I've dreamed of for years. And it's one that actually lived up to all I was expecting from it. So stay tuned for more adventures!


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