Last weekend I had an amazing time visiting a Christmas market with a Victorian theme in Gloucestershire. It felt like I was inside one of the Charles Dickens’ books.
Have you ever heard of the Victorian times? That was basically the era when the Queen Victoria was on the throne in England from 1837 to 1901. In the beginning of that era, British people went through really hard times (mainly the very poor ones of course). Freezing temperatures, no electricity, no gas piped to heat the houses, poor kids had to work long hours almost like slaves, no hospitals and health treatment available like today. In other words, nothing like the Britain of nowadays.
Although it started as very difficult times, by the end of Queen Victoria’s era, England was the most powerful country in the world.
Did you know that Charles Darwin, Graham Bell and Charles Dickens were from the Victorian times?
If you have never seen one of Charles Dickens novels (some made to movies), I would strongly recommend. Try Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Christmas Carol to name a few or come to England and experiment it like I did, walking along the market with a glass of mulled wine to keep the cold at bay while watching the contrast of modern and old times.