downton abbey

Am I the only one beside herself over the release of this movie on September 20th? Here’s my preparation checklist that you might find handy:

  •  Re-watch the sixth season of Downton Abbey to re-familiarize yourself.
  •  Check into fan events going on across the country.
  •  Buy theater tickets online (don’t want to get to the theater and be disappointed that they are sold out!).
  •  Remember to wear your favorite piece of Edwardian costume jewelry to the theater.

For the musically inclined, did you know that you can purchase a Downton Abbey songbook?

And for those who just want to be transported back 100 years via their headphones, there’s always the Downton Abbey soundtrack.

If you’re like me, you can’t wait to see what Dowager Countess Violet Crawley is going to say next. She shares Violet Harper’s name, so that makes her extra-special to me. Here are some of her best quotes about Americans:

“Why does every day involve a fight with an American?”

Cora: “I might send her over to visit my aunt. She could get to know New York.”
Violet: “Oh, I don’t think things are quite that desperate.”

[To Cora] “I’m so looking forward to seeing your mother again. When I’m with her, I’m reminded of the virtues of the English.”

Cora: “I hope I don’t hear sounds of a disagreement.”
Violet: “Is that what they call discussion in New York?”

“Try not to let those Yankees drive you mad.”

I’m sure most fans know that you can tour Highclere Castle, the actual home where parts of Downton Abbey are filmed. Here’s a fascinating 3-minute video on the castle, produced by Viking River Cruises.
It is my dream to be able to visit this magnificent place one day. Have you been to Highclere Castle? I’d love to know whether it is everything I imagine it to be!