Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Dinner at Popjoys!
We are continuing our celebration of Marley Gibson’s TWO releases this week, Ghost-Huntress-Book-2-Guidance and Other-Side-Teens-Hunting-Paranormal with giveaways of both books to one lucky commenter each day!
Our theme this week is ghosts, which inevitably takes my mind to Bath, England, known as one of the ghost sighting capitals of the world.
Three summers ago my family and I spent a memorable day there. We took a bus tour, which included historic overviews and stories of the town, stops at several Roman baths, and lunch at a tavern in the old town area. But what surprised me was how little information our tour guide gave us on ghosts.
But that didn't mean I didn't know what I was missing! I had my eyes open, anyway. For apparitions like...
The Man in the Black Hat:
Bath’s most famous and oft-seen ghost, the man in the black hat is dressed in 18th century attire, and can be seen around Saville Road and Bennett Street.
Horse Drawn Carriage:
An elegant four-horse drawn carriage is sometimes spotted outside of the Royal Crescent Hotel, where long ago, a Miss Elizabeth Linley and the Irish playwright and politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan eloped. This followed a sword-drawn duel over her hand, in which the Irish playwright won.
The Jilted Bride:
Julia, a jilted bride, can be seen wandering around Queen Square in her white gown.
The Restaurant Patrons:
At the historic restaurant, Popjoy’s, two ghosts are repeatedly and separately “seen” dining. One is believed to be Juliana Popjoy herself, the 18th-century mistress of Beau Nash for whom the restaurant is named. Beau Nash owned the establishment and lived there in his later years. Also, a woman called Janet or Janice, who seems to be a woman from the 1960’s.
I never saw any of them, but it's not like I didn't try!
Now tell us, if you could spot the ghost of a deceased celebrity of any era enjoying tea and scones or kidney pie and a tankard in Popjoy’s, who would it be?
I’ll open with Margaret Mitchell of Gone With the Wind fame!
Remember, one commenter will be chosen to win a copy of both Marley’s books!
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