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Travel

Toronto’s Castle – Casa Loma

In honour of the return of Murdoch Mysteries S10 – and Thanksgiving in Canada – I would like to share photos from my  visit to Casa Loma in 2014. Murdoch Mysteries fans may recognise this Gothic Revival building as the home of inventor James Pendrick and his ex-wife Sally. Casa Loma (‘House on the hill’) was …

Travel

Castle du jour: Craigdarroch Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, have finally arrived in British Columbia! For the majority of their West Coast tour, they will make their base in the province’s capital, Victoria (aside from a short stay in Whitehorse), where they will be staying at Government House. Not too far …

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Castle du jour: Chateau-Musee Dieppe

Up on the hill of Dieppe in Normandy, France stands a 15th Century castle, Chateau de Dieppe. The castle was originally built in 1188 but was destroyed in 1195. Eventually, the castle was restored and expanded between the 14-15th Centuries. In 1903, the town bought the castle and, until 1923, the castle house barracks. Today, …

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Castle du jour: Pevensey Castle

Back in May 2008, I visited Pevensey Castle in East Sussex with my class. The historical site managed by English Heritage dates back to the 3rd Century and underwent three phases: a Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ fort, a medieval Norman castle, and a WWII garrison. What remains today are the foundations of the castle and the outer castle walls. Pevensey began …

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Palace du jour: Bruchsal Palace

Yesterday was European Palace Day, something that I wish I had known earlier so that I could have shared this post. I have been inspired by my friend Svenja from Castleholic.com to do a CastleMemory series which I shall call Palace/Castle du jour (of the day). Basically, this series will be mainly photos with a short description on …

London World of Costume

Hetty Feather and the Foundling Museum

Around the end of June, I discovered a new favourite period drama: Hetty Feather. Based on the first book of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson, CBBC’s (BBC’s children programme) first series premiered in May 2015, followed by a second series in May 2016. Each episode is around 28 minutes long. The first series is set in London in 1887, …

Travel

Château de Gudanes

One of the chateaus that the Tour de France passed by in 2015 was Château de Gudanes. In this footage on their Instagram page, you can see the château in the background. Château de Gudanes is a formerly abandoned mid-18th Century chateau in the Chateau-Verdun village in the south of France. ‘Le Roi des Pyrénées’, the king …

London World of Costume

Period Drama Location: Ham House

Another location in greater London for period drama lovers to visit is Ham House in Richmond, London, England. In Period Dramas Ham House was used as the film location for: Anna Karenina (2012) Ballet Shoes (2007) Cambridge Spies (2003) To Kill a King (2003) A Little Chaos (2014) The Scandalous Lady W (2015) BBC’s Sense …

London

Free Places to Visit in London

Looking for more places to explore in London that won’t set you back financially? Here are 9 10 places I’ve visited that you might enjoy! (Please note, this list does not include churches – separate post to come – or main museums – see post on my Top 10 museums & galleries.) All Hallows Church …

London World of Costume

Period Drama Location: Syon Park

Period drama and royal fans should add Syon Park to their list of places to visit in the Greater London Area. Syon Park encompasses Syon House, the grand London residence of the Duke of Northumberland; the early 19th Century Great Conservatory; and the Gardens (and 100-acre Parkland). Syon, a variation of Zion (which refers to the Holy City of David …

London

Queen Victoria and Kensington Palace

Happy Birthday Queen Victoria! #QueenVictoria at the Drury Lane Theatre. #HRP #Kensington #London #portrait #painting #frame #art #royal #igerslondon A photo posted by V (@ladyandtherose) on May 24, 2016 at 1:36pm PDT One of the palaces you must visit in London – if you like architecture and royal history – is Kensington Palace. The Historic Royal …

Vancouver

Victoria Day at Burnaby Village

Happy Victoria Day and Happy Birthday to The Queen of Canada! For my non-Canadian readers, Victoria Day is a statutory holiday (bank holiday for UK readers) in Canada* celebrated on the Monday before 25th May. (The way I choose to remember it is that it is observed on the Monday on or before Queen Victoria’s birthday …

Vancouver

Historic Fort Langley

It’s the first Sunday post-Once Upon A Time S5, so I would like to cheer up my fellow international OUAT-fans with another OUAT destination to visit if they’re ever in Vancouver, British Columbia: Fort Langley. In my World of OUAT post, I mentioned that the Storybrooke Town Hall is actually the Fort Langley Community Hall. Fort …