Oh, how could I have left Europe without stopping for a few days in the land of real duchesses and princes? Downton Abbey and Earl Grey tea? Cricket and Fish&Chips? Beatlemania and One Direction? There was no way I was going to turn down my friend Lady Marianna’s offer to stay at her fabulous Georgian house just a few doors down from Charles Dickens’ own pad in central London, before heading back to the States. So, there I was, driving in a spacious black taxi by Buckingham Palace towards my new neighborhood for the next 6 days and thinking to myself, why did it take so long to come back?? London is such a glorious town that like Paris, to quote Audrey Hepburn, “It’s always a good idea!!” I’m determined not to let another 14 years go by, that’s for sure!Continue reading
My favorite TV show, Downton Abbey, takes place in the English countryside at the beginning of the 1910s and evolves around the lives of an aristocratic family and their servants in the magnificent setting of the Highclere castle. The abundance of characters belonging to these two opposite classes, offers juicy story lines and intrigues that are just irresistible. The costumes, the mannerism and the events throughout the episodes are so grand and fascinating that one develops a real dependency to the show. With the second season over in February and the third one not beginning until the Fall, the wait is almost unbearable!! What’s going to happen next?* Will Lady Mary and Matthew finally wed? Will Lady Edith find love and fulfillment? What about Lady Sybil? Will she ever come back? Will Mr Bates finally enjoy some peace? Will Thomas change and become a nicer human being? LOL….Although I have affection for most of the characters, my favorite one is the witty Dowager Countess Grantham played by the amazing Maggie Smith.
To complete the Downton Abbey experience, you need to have a tea party at the Rose Garden Tea Room; it’s so delicious!!! There are all sorts of scones, pastries, little cucumber and egg sandwiches and a vast assortment of teas. It’s the perfect place to raise your pinkie and be sassy Lady Grantham style!