Today was our last day in the North and we spent it in Liverpool. After breakfast we headed over to Albert Dock. Many people/things have come and gone from this dock including the launching The Titanic and some of the Mormon Pioneers. Dave taught us some history about the dock/Liverpool and then we headed to the Beatles Museum. Because The Beatles are from Liverpool, the museum tells the entire story of the band, is set up to replicate many famous venues (i.e. The Cavern and Abbey Road Studios), has many original artifacts, and cool information regarding The Beatles and their impact on the world. It took about 2 hours to go through the museum plus audio guides were included with admission, which made it even more interesting.
On Albert Dock
John Lennon's Glasses
After the museum we grabbed some soup at a little café and then headed back to the hostel to catch out coach. We then had a 2-hour drive to Derbyshire where we visited Chatsworth House. Chatsworth is a huge country estate where the Duke of Devonshire lives. The inside has 126 rooms and is covered with beautiful paintings, furniture, statues, and artifacts. The gardens are 105 acres and have 5 ½ miles of walking paths. I loved walking through the gardens because we have been studying English landscapes and the work of Capability Brown in my Humanities class so it was fun to see actual examples of what we have been studying. The Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice was filmed at Chatsworth and it represented Mr. Darcy’s home, Pemberley. Therefore, the shop was filled with all sorts of Jane Austin stuff and I actually bought a book. After leaving Chatsworth, Kacey and I watched Pride and Prejudice on the Coach and it was so fun to watch where we had just been. About halfway home we stopped at a rest stop for dinner. I was happy to find some yummy tomato soup and a cheese toastie (grilled cheese). We then loaded the coach again and arrived home at about 10:30PM. It was a great week, but a lot of packing/unpacking and bus time so it felt so good to be home. P.S. I love that Palace Court really does feel like home now.
With statues in Pride and Prejudice
(Mr. Darcy on the left)
On the South Lawn of Chatsworth
(also the last shot in P&P)
The Fountains with Courtney
In the Gardens with Megan