This weekend we went to visit some dear friends in Yorkshire. We met this family when we moved to Germany in 2009. Over the last five years we have spent time together in Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. Sadly, this was our last visit in Europe because our friends are moving back to America in the next month. While we are sad to see them go, we enjoyed saying farewell with a great weekend in Yorkshire.
Did I mention that when we met in 2009 we had one child between us? Yeah. We did. And now we have five.
|The adults are officially outnumbered.|
When you live in Europe, you get really really good at sightseeing. A trip to Yorkshire to visit friends is also an opportunity to see some local sights. First stop: Newby Hall. This is a gorgeous home and garden combination. I loved the way the tour was conducted — we saw all the public rooms and a few bedrooms without retracing our steps. Even though we were early in the season for the garden to be at its best, it was still lovely with the dogwoods and daffodils in bloom.
|Posing like the statue in the garden.|
|Family photo at Newby hall.|
On the drive back to Harrogate we stopped for a quick peek at the Ripon Cathedral. I knew absolutely nothing about this cathedral. All I know is that occasionally Mrs Hughes of Downton Abbey goes to Ripon. That's recommendation enough for me!
|The cathedral's side view. So beautiful.|
I love Yorkshire. I adore the dales, I heart Harrogate, I admire the moors, I appreciate the abbeys. But I've always wanted to see the home of the Brontes. Ever since I stayed up until the wee hours to finish Jane Eyre during seventh grade, I've wanted to go to see where the three literary geniuses — Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte — grew up in isolation.
On Sunday a lifelong dream came true when we stopped at the Bronte Parsonage Museum. This was my favorite house tour I've done in England. Hands down. It was that great. If you love the novels of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne as I do, this is a must-see.
|Three girls in front of the parsonage.|
|Family portrait in front of the Bronte home.|
|Copper statue of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne in the parsonage gardens.|
|My bigs and myself, the moor at our backs.|
This is the view Emily would have seen whist working in the kitchen.
|My Heathcliff on the moors of Yorkshire.|
It was a fantastic weekend in Yorkshire. We paid our respects to the Bronte sisters and visited with friends.