Visit to Hever Castle
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I think this is the first time I'm taking this long to finish off my blog! It's close to the first weekend of November and I still haven't finished writing my blog of a trip that ended nearly 2 months ago!
Anyway, after my quick walk around Oxford Street, I went to Victoria, grabbed some stuff to eat and got on the train to Hever. Everything really seems so different in the UK compared to continental Europe. I just felt at home sitting on a British train, can't describe it but it just felt like home! The train ride was quite non dismal although the weather was really nice - thin layer of clouds but ample sunshine and a nice early autumn breeze. I reached the Hever station after about 1 hr and...well what the books say is true - the place is deserted. God, one would almost think it's not even a railway station but just some abandoned old house.
The walk to the Castle isn't clearly marked, but I followed a couple who were using their iTouch to find directions. I quite enjoyed the walk. it was proper English-town-in-the-countryside experience, lots of houses with big fields, lots of horses, greenery, the works.
Reached Hever Castle and I have to say, this isn't the most elegant of Castles, but I certainly had a great time nonetheless. Well, because the beauty to visiting this place isn't what's inside, but what's outside. The inside of the Castle isn't the most spectacular thing, but great for a Tudor fan, or for anyone wishing to learn about the Tudors. The Boleyn family moved in, and Anne Boleyn (and her siblings, Mary Boleyn and George Boleyn), although probably not born here, did grow up here for a time, before she was sent to the Netherlands and then to the French court for her education.
As I said earlier, there's not a whole lot to see inside the tiny Castle but so much to see outside. It's just gorgeous! Abs gorg! There are gardens done Italian style that stretch forever and ever. I am not kidding when i tell you that I felt like taking pictures every step of the way, and this was after a few days in the so-called picturesque Loire Valley! The flowers, the greenery, everything was fantastic.
It was about 4pm by now - I grabbed an ice cream and wanted to take the pathway to Chiddingstone. I went about half way but kind of lost my way, and didn't want to risk it as I had a flight to catch the next day. So it was back to the deserted Hever Station, and back to London. I did like what I saw of Hever though, it's got that well manicured landscape that Kent is known for, and do hope I can visit again someday.