I had a special treat on Sunday ---I had a chance to visit Kensington Palace!
Now, I knew tour guide and long time London friend Stephen was making plans for a tour of somewhere, but I had no idea that it would be Kensington Palace…..what a dream come true!
It turns out he knows someone who knows someone – and as the story goes was able to get a pair of comp tickets, and away we went on foot from the V & A museum ---past buildings and parks and interesting sites.
I’m a terrible person to walk with, I stop every five feet and find SOMETHING to take a photo of….but we had the afternoon to enjoy, and enjoy it I did.
This is the tower monument that queen Victoria built after the death of her beloved Albert.
And while looking at monuments across the way, don’t forget to look at your own feet!
I almost missed this scalloped clam-shell paving! I love the curved lines in contrast to the nested squares of the iron at the back of the photo.
Kensington Palace from the front.
((I like the first photo at the top of this post better!))
Queen Victoria Statue in front --
It was the most beautiul day, warm and perfect with gentle breezes blowing and all of London and the gazillion visitors that have descended upon England during the height of the tourist season were out in droves. MOBS of people everywhere enjoying the park like atmosphere of the palace grounds.
View of the gardens from the inside of the palace!
Another view --
Do you think that Queen Victoria ever stood at this window and looked out? Or maybe Princess Diana? This thought made me smile to myself!
How’s this for silly??
Of ALL the most ridiculous fashions in history, this “broom stick” Mantua style adds new meaning to the phrase “A bit broad around the beam!” Or “Backside as big as a barn!” or any number of things that I can think of….I also suppose it hides a multitude of sins. Bring on the bon-bons…..the thunder thighs are kept well from view!
Folks out enjoying the day!
The palace was crowded with people and lighting wasn’t good so I kept my photos mostly to the outside – isn't this so picturesque?
I bet Queen Victoria would have loved this!
Currant and Clotted Cream!
If you can’t beat em, join em!
Find a shady spot on the grass, sit down, kick the shoes off, enjoy the ice cream, not to mention the people watching! So THIS is how folks spend a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in London? A girl could get used to this!
FABULOUS!!! Every single minute!
Thanks, Stephen, for giving me your Sunday afternoon and gifting me with this very special day!