The Grand Tour: Vacation of the Victorian Era

The itinerary was culture.

A debutante need be immersed. Her manners, tested. Her status, presented.  In the Victorian era, young women traveled Europe to broaden their education. . . and marital prospects.

Follow our fictional friend Johanna on her Grand Tour.

The journey begins. . .

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Paris

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Geneva

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Florence

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Naples

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Amsterdam

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Upon returning home to London. . .

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To which Victorian vacation city would you be most inclined to visit?

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  1. What a lovely story! It reminded me of the Merchant/Ivory film ‘A Room with a View.’ And how charming that she traveled so far to ‘meet’ her father’s partner. Mr. Gallagher.

    Cheshire was a nice surprise.

    We are taking a Mediterranean cruise later this summer. This delightful travelog makes me even more excited to see these beautiful and historic places.
    dsa1951

    1. What high praise, friend! We’re ever so grateful you enjoyed the post.

      Cheshire did become quite a character of his own, didn’t he?

      Perhaps on your cruise you could keep a travelog of your very own? Or invest in a book of one who traveled the same sights long ago? Sometimes historical landmarks can feel like a black and white photo. An autobiography lends color.

      It empowers a bygone era with emotion.

      We do so hope you enjoy your vacation, Deanna!

  2. As wonderful as each city sounds, I think I am most inclined to be interested in visiting the City of Amsterdam, Holland. This being said, I would also like to see the architecture and sculptures in Naples and Florence, Italy.

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