When you travel, you see a lot of rooms, hotel rooms in particular. But that makes for a less interesting post unless it’s a particularly spectactular hotel room. While I’ve stayed in some nice rooms, none would have been called spectacular. WordPress Daily Post wants to see posts about rooms and there’s a lot of ways to do that but as this is a travel blog, I delve into my photo stash.
My most recent holiday to the UK in April included a day trip to Chatsworth House, the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire (Cavendish family). There are a lot of jaw dropping rooms there and they begin as soon as you enter. This is the grand Painted Hall, the first place you arrive after you pay your entrance fee. The mural on the ceiling is an allegorical depiction of the ascension of Julius Caesar by Luigi Laguerre who painted scenes from Caesar’s life on the walls as well.
I read an interesting story about this “grand” staircase pictured below. There was a more graceful curving “horseshoe” staircase but the son of the well known Georgiana (Duchess of Devonshire in the late 18th -early 19th century, they made a movie about her starring Keira Knightly) tore it down and built an ugly set of stairs made of wood. (He was the sixth Duke, holding the title through much of the early to mid 19th century) The wife of the 9th Duke later tore it down in 1918 and built this one in the interests of trying to beautify the hall again.
There’s more information about the hall here.