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After getting my fill of the 18th century, we made or way to Kew Botanical Gardens. I was feeling under the weather for a day or two now, so I really was happy at the leisurely pace we had chosen for the day. The Garden area was also very large, luckily we took our time taking in all the colours and serene aspects of the Gardens. The Garden is separated in many different characteristics of chosen habitat or theme. It also had two green houses (keep in mind they close earlier then the garden), a tree top view of the gardens, theme cottage and various animals. The tree top view was spectacular and you got to see some of the outer parts of London. The animals within the garden were free range. It was kind of funny because at one point, we were walking around a cafe area and saw a beautiful peacock.
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It was funny to see him because he was trying to chase down a female peacock but she did not want to have anything to do with him. So all you saw was people sitting in patio furniture while an extremely large bird chased another not even two feet in front of you. After a little bit of time chasing, the female peacock jumped over a hedge and flew away, much to the male peacocks dismay because he couldn't fly to follow her. At various times walking around the park, you heard the sincere calls of the male peacock, trying to claim his prize. I tell you something, he definitely was persistent! The Kew Gardens offered me a laid back afternoon, relaxing and laying in the grass looking up dreamingly into the distant sky. As I have stated before, this was definitely one of the highlights of my trip and can't remember, since then, that I have been as relaxed as I was that day :o)
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Hampton Court Palace

One of the places I was most psyched about to visit, while in London, was Hampton Court.  I had heard great reviews from people stating that it was absolutely a fantastic, "magical" place to visit.  I now agree with them 100%. 

First thing in the morning, armed with our city pass, we made our way out to Hampton Court Palace.  The attendant at the hostel wasn't kidding when he stated that it was quite the trek from London.  I think it took us a little over an hour to get there via the furthest possible stop from the tube and then a city bus.  The roads of London are absolutely ridiculously busy, but if you're brave, you can attempt to drive the frustrating path towards the Palace.

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The Palace itself massive and possessed a unique experience, to getting a good feel of past times, compared to most tourist attractions within London.  You could easily spend a whole day here if you happen to take your time observing the rooms and also follow the story line that the actors/ess are performing for you.  Everyday, the king if getting married and you can be somewhat of an active participant within the event.  That being said, as amusing as it was, we did not spend the whole day there but a good part of it.

The Palace itself it beautifully decorated with funiture from the past, portraits, wall murales and statues.  If you are really into history, or just love the 18th century era, you will in heaven at this Palace.  I personally went picture crazy and had an absolute fabulous time.

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  The Garden walkway also is very nice to visit.

After getting my fill of the 18th century, we made or way to Kew Botanical Gardens.  I was feeling under the weather for a day or two now, so I really was happy at the leisurely pace we had chosen for the day.  The Garden area was also very large, luckily we took our time taking in all the colours and serene aspects of the Gardens. 

The Garden is separated in many different characteristics of chosen habitat or theme.  It also had two green houses (keep in mind they close earlier then the garden), a tree top view of the gardens, theme cottage and various animals.

The tree top view was spectacular and you got to see some of the outer parts of London. 

The animals within the garden were free range.

Hampton Court Palace
  It was kind of funny because at one point, we were walking around a cafe area and saw a beautiful peacock.  It was funny to see him because he was trying to chase down a female peacock but she did not want to have anything to do with him.  So all you saw was people sitting in patio furniture while an extremely large bird chased another not even two feet in front of you.  After a little bit of time chasing, the female peacock jumped over a hedge and flew away, much to the male peacocks dismay because he couldn't fly to follow her.  At various times walking around the park, you heard the sincere calls of the male peacock, trying to claim his prize.  I tell you something, he definitely was persistent!

The Kew Gardens offered me a laid back afternoon, relaxing and laying in the grass looking up dreamingly into the distant sky.  As I have stated before, this was definitely one of the highlights of my trip and can't remember, since then, that I have been as relaxed as I was that day :o)

sarahelaine says:
I love Kew. I love most botanic gardens, but I went to Kew shortly after my tenth birthday, when my parents had bought me my very first camera (a 110) and I still have the very fuzzy, very badly shot photos somewhere. I'm glad you're having a good trip!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2010
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