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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.
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.
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.
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)