This summer I got to go to London for a huge book signing–RARE London!
RARE stands for Romance Author Reader Events, which they hold in different cities across Europe, Australia, and Canada.
I had an absolute blast at RARE London.
My wonderful friend Michelle came with me as my assistant and we had so much fun. First we spent 4 fantastic days in Bath! Managed to snag a boutique place to stay right in the heart of of the city at the Eight in Bath. Absolutely lovely and so convenient to everything.
There we toured the Roman Baths, the Abbey, Jane Austen’s house, one of the Crescent houses, and Dyrham Park. We also did a driving tour of the Cotswolds with Victoria of @cotswoldteacuptours and loved all the towns and places she took us to so much. (Highly recommend!)
Then on to London for the big event! This was my first RARE and what a fabulous event. 200 authors. 1800 readers. And so many, many wonderful romance reads. I got to talk to so many lovely people (readers, authors, volunteers, and event runners) who all share my love of reading romance!
Thank you to everyone who made the day so special. Especially Michelle. I need to take you to all my signings now.
After the event, we headed to the southern coast and Brighton for a few days where we stayed in a B&B over a tavern, visited the Seven Sisters white cliffs, the Royal Pavillion, the beach, and of course shopped in the Lanes.
Our last stop was London again. Between the two stops in London, we saw Buckingham Palace, had high tea at the Ritz, went to the original Twinings (we are tea people!), toured the Royal Courts of Justice, went over the Tower Bridge, ate and shopped in Covent Gardens and on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, saw Hyde Park, and are now masters of the trains, underground, and buses.
We have eaten our weight in tea and scones but walked it all off. Lol.
Thank you England for being so beautiful with lovely, warm, friendly people we got to meet all over the place. Thank you RARE for putting on such terrific events. I hope to return to another one soon. And thank you Michelle for making this trip a wonderful and memorable one!