Was it possible? All those months of planning and re-planning, posting and re-posting, fretting and re-fretting -- the day was finally here! The Duke of Wellington Tour was underway!
Our first official event was tea in the Lounge: delicious!
Kathlynn's tea half consumed!
Our second event was not so successful. We tried to take the group on a pub crawl, but the thirsty Friday night after-work Londoners defeated us - there was no room at any of the inns, or pubs, we encountered. So we returned to the Grosvenor's bar and there had plenty of room!
The Duke of Wellington Tour
We had an ambitious itinerary:
Apsley House, Wellington Arch, Tower of London - Wellington Exhibition, Horse Guards - Dismounting Ceremony, Household Cavalry Museum; Grenadier Pub for dinner
Horse Guards Parade, c. 1760, by John Chapman
Walking tour of St. James's or Day at leisure.
Walmer Castle, Dover Castle in Kent
Dover Castle atop the White Cliffs, from the Channel, 2011
Regency Townhouse, Hove; Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Sussex
Beauties of Brighton, 1826, by George Cruikshank
Stratfield Saye, Hampshire
Explore Reading with Regency Author Beth Elliott
Highclere Castle, Basildon Park
Downton Abbey, AKA Highclere Castle
Windsor Castle/Waterloo Chamber, Guildhall Museum, Berkshire
Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle, by Joseph Nash, 1848
Frogmore House; Thames River Cruise
Windsor Castle from the Thames
Sunday, 9/14 Departure -- We shall forget about this aspect of the Tour for the time being -- as we travel leisurely through the rest of the tour events.
Long live the Duke of Wellington!!!