Day 11: A Morning at Downton Abbey

The dining room at Basildon Park, set as it might be for the characters of Downton Abbey.
The dining room at Basildon Park, set as it might be for the characters of Downton Abbey.

Okay, so it wasn’t REALLY Downton Abbey, but the historic home at Basildon Park outside of London has been used for interior scenes for the BBC show Downton Abbey as well as other productions. Visited this today with my parents and their good friends Peter and Janet. (They’ll be visiting Highclere Castle on Monday, the “real” location of Downton Abbey.)

After that a quick drive landed me at the Heathrow Airport so I could reclaim my long-lost luggage.

Or so I thought.

It seems the delivery service that attempted to bring my bags to the Lake District hours after I had left had yet to return the bags to Heathrow as of earlier this afternoon. And so the hunt continues! Perhaps they’ll turn in up in time to join on tonight’s flight — perhaps not. Only time will tell, and at this point I’m not sure even God knows when, where, or even if I and my stuff will be reunited.

At least getting through customs and immigration in South Africa should be a bit easier to manage without the extra stuff!

2 thoughts on “Day 11: A Morning at Downton Abbey

  1. Gary, So sorry the luggage saga continues, but I remember so well Maya Angelou’s saying that you can tell a lot about a man by how he handles rainy days, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I haven’t learned anything I didn’t already know, but you’re certainly demonstrating by the Angelou meter that you’re a fine man. I’m glad you’re not letting the luggage issues turn your grand adventure into any sort of ordeal. Safe travels to Africa!

  2. We dined at a castle that was set similar to that. I’m glad that you are still having a wonderful trip. So sorry about the luggage. You just confirmed my decision that the next time I travel it will be one carry-on.

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