And distracting! My trip has been going well, with about 1.5 weeks in France — aday and a half in Paris, then a walking tour in the Dordogne/Perigord, then another day and a half in Paris. Now I’m in London – home on Tuesday.
But on to the costume content! Last Sunday I met Marion, Becca, Delphine, and Chloe for our trip to Versailles. I hauled my polonaise around with me (which wasn’t too bad – it all amazingly fit into a daypack, including my flat straw hat). As I predicted, the cotton packed well. The night before I set my hair in sponge rollers, which I slept in; got up early to get dressed and do hair in my tiny hotel room. I met the others at my hotel and then we took the train out to Versailles. Long story short, we got to Versailles and they wouldn’t let us in in costume. razzrrarrrazzzzarr!! So we ended up at a nearby park (which was originally part of Versailles) with a big lake, where we had our picnic and took a bunch of photos. Then we changed (literally on the side of the road!) and tried to go into Versailles, but there were various hassles with the luggage storage being miles away and us totally exhausted and with lots of stuff to carry. So we accepted our defeat and headed back to Paris. Oh well, it was still lots of fun to meet everyone and to play dress up at what was technically Versailles1 Next time I’ll get into the palace!
Tuesday night we had dinner with Bess, Edmund, and Kate which was lovely. Today Kate and I headed out to Bath to see the costume museum and Jane Austen centre. The costume museum is being redisplayed, much more extensively than their website led us to believe, so there wasn’t a lot to see — although what was out was very nice. A small mish mash of different eras plus a nice exhibit on pockets. The JA centre was pretty hokey; luckily they had an exhibit of dresses from the recent ITV production of Persuasion costumed by Andrea Galer, as well as a few dresses from her work on the feature film Mansfield Park. Oh well, obviously I need to go to Chawton on my next trip to get my Austen fix! None of the dresses were terribly exciting, although they did have relatively nice cuts and evidence of hand stitching.
This weekend is the bustle costume activity with Edmund, Bess, and Valina – details forthcoming! I’ll post photos from all of these activities, as well as my museum trawls, as soon as I get back.