September 16, 2010

252/365 - Hampton Court Palace

Hello everyone! I'm back in L.A. after a 10 day business trip to England. One part of my Tourism Marketing job is learning and exploring England, Scotland and Wales. Keeping up on What's new? What's off the beaten path? What old treasure is being experienced in a new way?

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, I went to Hampton Court Palace. It's only a 40 minute train ride from central London. It was incredible. Here is one shot of the Palace taken from The Privy Garden. This area of the garden was always the monarch's private (privy) plot. Henry VIII had designed it one way. William III yet another. So, the garden you see here was actually restored and opened by The Prince of Wales in 1995, based on a design of 1702. The symmetrical pattern includes original varieties of plants (including red peppers!) and marble sculptures. It's a stunning garden, but there are many more....

How does one cover seven centuries of history in a day? You can't, but this day trip from London was a great start. I can't begin to do it justice, so if you're interested, read on for more history at Historic Royal Palaces site. They're the independent charity that keeps several palaces and stories alive.

252/Sept 7

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