How many of you are Downton Abbey fans? Even though the show is long over I still love it. To celebrate Valentine's Day my husband and I decided to take advantage of the mild February weather and traveled to New York City. We visited the Downton Abbey Exhibition and then went out to dinner. It was a perfect day to celebrate!
We were greeted by Mr. Carson who reminded visitors that he keeps a strict count of the silver.
Standing in Mrs. Patmore's kitchen was awesome. I felt like I should get busy helping or at any moment a bell might ring summoning attention in another room of the house.
The dining room was impeccably done. Portraits of the Crawleys decorated the room with lots of good information about the characters.
In a video, "Protocol with Mr. Carson," Mr. Carson reminds everyone of the proper behavior that is expected in the dining room. Missteps quickly identify one as---not one of the elite. Clips from characters are shown on the screen. The old-fashioned Dowager has plenty of advice for everyone.
Lady Mary's bedroom is complete with her lingerie.
The Dowager is highlighted stating some of her more memorable quips.
Lady Mary and Lady Edith ready to party. Glass cases display their jewelry.
Lady Edith's Wedding Dress
There was no shortage of fashion at the exhibition. It was so much fun viewing all the costumes. Pictures of the characters wearing the outfits with brief descriptions identified each one.
Downton Abbey is hiring household help. I filled out an "application." It appears I am on the list to be interviewed by Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson for the position of housemaid. After reading my educated responses, someone decided that training to become a housemaid is the job I am best suited to do! WHAT??
The outfit of my dreams? Yikes! Help me Anna Bates!
If you are a Downton fan, it is a real treat to visit the exhibition and get a little closer to the Crawleys and learn some secrets about the show's creation. The exhibition is touring across the country. Google it and see if it will be near you. The New York City exhibition closes in March.
After two hours of humoring me at the exhibit, a venue I chose, we walked over to the restaurant my husband chose. Loved it! Dinner was delicious, complete with a Swiss chocolate wrapped in a Valentine heart-shaped box with a red ribbon. So sweet!
How did you celebrate Valentine's Day?
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