In the evening of the same day as our Lacock trip there was the big Country Dance at St Swithins church, which… I didn’t go to. Haha, with that begining I bet you all thought I did! 😉 No but seriously, I didn’t, even though I badly wanted to! I had heard lots of good things about last years dance, it sounded lovely and I really did want to go! But when I planned my trip I realized it would be hard for me to afford going to both this dance and the big ball. So I had to choose, and I chose the ball. However all the other ladies I was staying with went to this too, and they said it was wonderful! Ah well…
I had a really wonderful evening too though! My friend Aleksandra and I had arranged a meeting. Aleksandra is from Norway (she has a really lovely blog too which I would highly recommend! It is in Norweigan though, so might be a bit tricky for a lot of my readers…) and we had come in contact with each other via this blog, Twitter and Facebook, but we had never before met. But now she was coming down for the last two days of the festival and so we were to meet up!
We arranged to meet outside the Jane Austen Center and from there we walked around the city, looking for somewhere nice to have dinner, and trying not to freeze to death! I know, I know, we are Scandinavians, we should be used to cold weather right?! I’m afraid that’s not quite how it works though. 😛
We found a good place and went in. Well, actually the place was a bit weird we thought, but the food was delicious and we had a good time, talking and giggling.
For her visit to Bath Aleksandra was staying at a B&B in Sydney Place (yes, that is the same street where Jane Austen lived for a while), and apparently that house had actually been used for the filming of BBC’s 1995 version of Persuasion! You know the house the Eliot’s stay in when they’re in Bath? Well, this is the place they used for it in the film! Of course we had to head over there after dinner so she could show me the place!
Sydney Place nr 95 as it looked when I visited…
And as it looks in the film. Not a big difference eh?!
We sat down in the drawing room/living room (whatever it can have been called) and spotted a pile of DVD’s beside the TV in there. Strategically placed at the top of the pile was the very same Persuasion I just mentioned. So we decided to watch it!
It is a film that is fun for me to watch now for more reasons than just because it’s a good film and a great adaptation of a fantastic book, but now so many of the places you see in it are familiar to me personally. You have the Pump Room, the Assembly Rooms, various other places around Bath, Lyme Regis etc. And then there came the part with the Eliot’s house in Bath… The house we were in! How excited were we not when we saw the first scene where they are all sitting eating in their dining room! That room was so close by, just one floor beneath us and we had just a short, short while before been shown that very room by the owner of the house (a very nice, gentleman-like man)! The hallway, the stairs; the same that we had just walked up ourselves! And then; then there was a scene shot in the drawing room, the very same room we were at that exact moment sitting in!!!! It was surreal! To see that room on the television screen and then turn your head and look around the room we were in, and see that it was the same place! Sure, the wallpaper had been changed and the furniture was different. But you could definitely recognize it as the same room! It was SO cool!!!
It was difficult with the lighting, but I tried to get some pictures to show you all:
That sofa there was where we were sitting
Almost exactlyin the same spot as Elizabeth is sitting here!
Another view of the room
If you look closely you can see the same fireplace behind Sir Walter here (I tried getting a better picture, but had problems with it…)
The two beautiful doors! Here follows a few exapmles of how you can see them in the film:
The dining room. Anyone recognize these walls? They were painted like this for the film, and still look that way now!
Recognize them now? 🙂
Two more views of the room…
And some from the film…
Another truly fantastic experience! And one that I had not planned before! Thanks Aleksandra for the fun we had that evening and for showing me this place!