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If you follow my blog regularly you've probably already realized how much I like the British Victorian houses, and generally everything about the era and the literature of Jane Austen :). Whenever I hear that there is something around here, I miss no opportunity to make a visit. It's been a couple of years I discovered list the locations of the world of Jane Austen, and since then I have them all on my list of outstanding destinations. Curiously, one of them is in my same city.

Loseley Park is a Victorian house on the outskirts of Guildford which has been the scene in Emma (in the starring Romola Garai version, It was the home of Mr Knighley) and Sense and Sensibility (in the BBC miniseries, Barton Park to, the home of the Middletons). It was built in the sixteenth century, except minimal reforms, everything remains as is.

Loseley Park

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I love Jane Austen. I love his books and especially her characters. So after visiting the Jane Austen Museum in Bath and find that the last place where he lived is just three quarters of an hour from my house, my next destination could not be other than small village of Chawton, en Hampshire, where the Jane Austen’s House Museum.

As I told you in I post Previous, I started the day in Winchester, where I caught the bus 64 J off at the bus station. Arriving at Chawton just follow the main street and the left, right in front of a teahouse called Cassandra's Cup (how else) is that was the last home of Jane Austen. Admission is 7 pounds for adults, 6 for students and 2.50 for children 16 years old.


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UK is a country full of small towns which hide centuries of history and tradition, and have much more to offer than a visitor could think in principle. This is the case of Winchester, a city of just 40.000 Hampshire County residents (in southern England), it became the capital of the kingdom of Wessex important, London until he unseated after a fire in the twelfth century.

Although I am ashamed to admit, I did not know of the existence of Winchester until just a couple of months, and that I live about an hour by train. So useful that I had no other plan for the bridge Easter, and already had mono travel, Saturday I took my camera and my wool hat and prepared to spend a wonderful day in Winchester.

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Last 28 January was held on bicentenary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, one of the most famous novels of British literature (and also one of my favorites). There have been many blogs that published special post at the time, and although later, I wanted no less and let this opportunity pass, so I'll talk about I visit Jane Austen Centre, the first museum on the writer I could visit.

The Jane Austen Centre is located in the heart of the city of Bath, specifically in the 40 de Gay Street, and has a permanent collection. Jane Austen's own lived on the same street, a couple of buildings above, the number 25, but the museum recreates perfectly that could have been home. Admission is 8 pounds adult, the 4,50 children's.

Upon arrival we find the very same Mr. Bennett, flesh and blood, and a photograph of Colin Firth to give us the best welcome (these English really know). Once purchased tickets, We had to wait a few minutes in a room with curiosities of movies and some samples of original costumes.

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Although 2011 Traveled a lot more and although this year I have stayed many outstanding places to travel, these are my favorite destinations among all that I have visited in this 2012:

CORDOBA. Its imposing Mosque, Alcazar and its gardens, the Guadalquivir River, the ruins of Medina Azahara, their yards and streets full of flowers, gastronomy and especially the joy and friendliness of its people make it a destination Córdoba marking in memory of any visitor.

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Since coming to Britain already more than a year (that time flies) I wanted to visit Bath, one of the most beautiful cities in this country, and world famous for appearing in the books of Jane Austen. I think I had never mentioned so far in the blog, but I'm a geek of his books and everything related to the time of the Regency, so you can imagine how much I liked this trip.

Bath is a city in southwest England, with about 90.000 Settled people do anything unless 2.800 years by King Bladud, father of King Lear (who later inspired a play by Shakespeare). Today is a typical English town, littered with monuments and buildings made especially 300 years and a special charm on every street, that have declared to be Heritage UNESCO.

My trip only lasted a day, but it was more than enough to visit the main attractions in Bath. We started the morning at the Parade Gardens, quite picturesque gardens on the banks of the River Avon, perfect for my getting into the vintage vibe. Admission is 1.20 pounds per person.

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