Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Europe Adventure: Day Four- Part Three- Jane Austen's Home in Chawton

After leaving Winchester we drove about a half an hour to the small town of Chawton. 
It was a lovely little town. 
It took us a few minutes to figure out where to park. 
There was a small parking lot right across the street from her house but it was full and parking on the street was pretty full too (and a lot of it was reserved for people living there).
But we did find a spot on the road down the street. 
It was a bit rainy but beautiful!
This is looking down the road toward her home as we walked from the car...

I have an obsession with thatched cottages. I LOVE them. 
So I had to take a picture of one of them that we passed. 
So freaking cute. 

At Jane Austen's house you enter through the gift shop where you buy your tickets. 
Then you go way in back to watch a little video. I took this shot of the back of the house from the area by the gift shop.

Looking over to the garden area...

As we were walking through the garden area I noticed some people trying to pet a cat but it kept running away from them. I told my mom I bet I can get that cat to come to me. 
I walked about halfway to it, put out my hand, and said, "here kitty".
It came right over. 
Apparently the cat's name is Marmite. 
Such a cutie. I have such a fondness for black and white cats after this trip because I kept running into them everywhere. 

Jane's House:

This was Jane Austen's last home. 
She lived here with her mother and her sister Cassandra from 1809 until 1817. 
It was here that she revised Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey and where she wrote Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion.

We entered through the door on the right and then got to explore her house. 
It was beautiful and so cool to be there. 
My favorite thing was being able to see her writing desk.

There were flowers in all of the windows.

Her room was so pretty.

If you heard about the ring that Kelly Clarkson bought a few years ago that was bought back to keep it in England, the ring was at her home.

So pretty....

So glad to be able to take my mom to her favorite author's home...

When we left the house we entered the door on the left where there were activities that you could do. We didn't do much of it but we did try on the bonnets. 
I quite liked it!

Such a fun place to visit.

After visiting her home, we were hungry and ready for lunch.
We walked across the street to the little cafe, Cassandra's Cup.
It has the perfect location.

I loved the way this place was decorated. There were tea cups hanging everywhere and polka dot tablecloths. So cute. 

And the view of Jane Austen's house was fantastic.

My mom got a sandwich with chips and diet coke. 
I got an omelette that came with toast and a bit of salad with a diet coke. 
It was delicious!

I heard that Victoria Sponge Cake was something I should try so we ordered a slice to share when we saw that it was one of their available cakes. 
I forgot to take a picture of it before so I got one during our destruction of the cake. 
This was so good it became my favorite treat of our whole trip. 
I don't know if everyone will feel that way but I loved it. 

After eating lunch we needed to get going to our destination for the night. 
We really enjoyed our time in Chawton.

I got a few souvenirs at the gift shop at Jane Austen's home. I bought Lady Susan and Other Works because I have heard so much about Lady Susan and have really wanted to read it. I also bought Northanger Abbey as I haven't read it yet. I bought the bookmark of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett but then the other bookmarks and cards were given to us free. 

Next up: Canterbury


Seth and Julie said...

I am not even a huge fan of Jane Austen, but that desk gives me chills. How cool for your mom to be able to visit the home of her favorite author. I grew up 6 hours from the home of my favorite author and have never been there. It makes me crazy! I want to go to Hawaii, and Europe, and back to Mexico but I told Seth our next kid free trip needs to be to Salinas. I guess I'm a cheap date, but I love to visit places I am emotionally connected to and to feel connected to people who have changed my life even though I have never met them or even lived in their lifetime. I guess that's why I went to a historical mission.

So far it seems like you liked all the food in England. My mom loves English food and says it's in our blood, but I thought it was so bland and boring. I think I could live there if the food had more flavor. Did you think it was less flavorful than American food? Literally the only things I liked were desserts, candy, and their lemonade.

Donna said...

Ohhh, I want to go there so much! What a special, charming place! That's amazing that her actual writing desk is there. To think of the the now-famous things she wrote at that desk!
You looked really cute in that bonnet. And I think you should definitely think about getting a cat when you move to your new house!

cheryl said...

Julie- I know! It was amazing to see that desk and think about her sitting there writing. I am with you. I love visiting places I have read about, places I have seen in movies or television, places that were important to people that I admire. I am just the kind of person that gets connected to people and places I have never been and when I go to these places they feel so familiar.
I remember so vividly the first time I went to Prince Edward Island. I had dreamt of going there since I was nine years old and it is still one of the best feelings I have ever had. So much of this trip was just like that.
You know, most of the food we had was really good and just as flavorful as things we have had here... but wait for it. There were definitely some things I did not enjoy so much.

cheryl said...

It was so cool! I loved that little house and they really have it done so well.
I loved that bonnet! I love old fashioned clothes. I have two extremes to my personality. The one side of me watches things like Downton Abbey or Jane Austen movies and really wishes we still dressed like that. Then the other side of me just wants to hang out in pajamas all the time. :)

We are DEFINITELY getting a cat. I have already warned Doug. We are getting at least one. I want an orange tabby since they are my favorite. But after this trip I am leaning toward also getting a black and white one that I can name Darcy. I'm such a nerd.

The Kings said...

What an amazing place to visit! So glad I got to visit my favorite author's home...and go with YOU!

cheryl said...

It was!So glad we could go mom!