Sunday, May 10, 2009
Chatsworth House and Gardens
One of my dear friends, Carlton, is moving back to NYC in a few weeks and is checking off her list of "Things I Want to do Before I Leave" so we decided to meet at St. Pancras station early Friday morning and take the train to Chesterfield in an area known as the Peak District and spend the day at Chatsworth. Chatswoth is one of Britain's most impressive stately homes and it is where the movie "The Duchess" was filmed. In the movie Keira Knightley plays the 18th century aristrocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. We just wanted to walk in her footsteps for the day.
Next to the room where period clothes were on display there was an interactive room with costumes and wigs to try on....a few of us could not resist. A little scary, don't you think?
It was time to treat ourselves to afternoon tea and a little shopping in the stables transformed into a restaurant and cute shopping stalls.
As the drizzle cleared and the sun came out we took one more walk around the lush grounds and then started the trip back to London...feeling a little closer to "the Duchess".