My family had two guiding principles when it came to vacation travel. First, vacation was no time to rest. If you’d made the effort to leave home and see someplace new, then by golly, you were going to see ALL of it. Conquer it. You want to sleep ’til noon or eight a.m.? You can (theoretically) do that at home.
Researching turn-of-the-century hotels as I created the Swan Park Hotel for The Typewriter Girl was pure pleasure--not only the eye candy of sweeping staircases and gilded foyers, but also the bustling “backstage” of these places. When I came upon the cross-section illustration of the London Savoy, I felt like a girl with a dollhouse, full of stories to play, my imagination sparked by all the possibilities of “upstairs-downstairs.”
She halted when she realized the light had changed and found herself in an airy space with ferns and palm trees--entire trees, indoors! On the furniture, on the islands of carpet atop the parquet, on Betsey’s own sleeve and glove as she started to touch her forehead, dapples of light glowed blue and turquoise, and she could only look up... The source was a dome of colored glass....
Betsey allowed herself to stare, to wonder at the imagination behind it, one unfettered by practicality or moderation.
Betsey could do with a little less practicality at this point in the story--she is someone who has put limits on her dreams and imagination. Here in the grand hotel, she gets an early lesson in the glorious results of ignoring those limits.
Thank you Alison Atlee for your wonderful guest post! As a native Floridian I have long admired The Grand Floridian hotel and can see how that could spark thoughts of transportation to another time!
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Alison Atlee spent her childhood re-enacting Little Women and trying to fashion nineteenth century wardrobes for her Barbie dolls. Happily, these activities turned out to be good preparation for writing historical novels. She now lives in Kentucky.
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