After spending so much time with the adorable and naïve Catherine for my modern short story retelling, North for the New Year, that appears in the upcoming Then Comes Winter holiday anthology, I did little exercises to help me get to know her better. One of them was giving sweet Cathy a tour of my home ground and matching it up with scenes and activities in Northanger Abbey’s Bath.
Now I can just hear the snorts, jeers, and chuckles now. Detroit in the United States? Bath in England? Parallels? Do tell!
Alright, I will.
I would not deprive Catherine for a chance of an elegant tea and pastry shop so one of our stops would be The Whitney famous for its upscale dining and lovely nineteenth century style.
Catherine likes her castles so off we would go to Olde World Canterbury Village. It’s not a true castle, but probably wouldn’t disappoint any more than that ill-fated trip with the Thorpes produced.
And speaking of the Thorpes…
Wouldn’t John drool with envy after discovering I took Catherine to the North American International Auto Show one of Detroit’s premiere annual events? She could ‘wow’ him with a new sporty ride.
And something tells me our Catherine still hasn’t left off her more active pursuits entirely after growing up in such a family so off we go to the Joe for some ice hockey action.
Before she left, I would make sure she experienced the RenCen aka GM Renaissance Center that dominates the Detroit skyline. It’s no substitute for a walk up the hill to look down on Bath, but then again, Detroit doesn’t have hills, does it?
Admit it! You’re impressed.
Alright, so if you had darling Cathy Morland visiting you for a few days. What local sites would you take her on to match her own Bath adventures?
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