Sisi stayed at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight for a two months long holiday with six-year-old Marie Valerie. Sisi made trips to London and a hunting trip to Leicestershire.
Sisi rented Steephill Castle, a Gothic style mansion on the Undercliff, a sunny spot with its own warm micro-climate. She bathed in the sea, went riding, saw her first athletics competition and tried to avoid invitations from Queen Victoria who was in residence at Osborne House. Elisabeth took Marie Valerie on a trip to London.