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  • Day84

    Day 84: London Pass Day Three

    May 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Final day of the London pass, so time to finish off packing in everything that was included under the ticket umbrella. The first stop for the day was the final World Heritage site in London - Kew Gardens. We managed to get out of the house fairly early, and on the tube heading south-west.

    Kew Gardens is one of the world's oldest botanic gardens, and was founded in the late 18th century on the site of an already-existing royal palace garden. The first Director was Sir Joseph Banks, who brought new species in from across the globe, collating them and studying them in the name of science.

    The park was huge and very well maintained, not just in the manicured sections but in the other sections too. There were a couple of large pavilion buildings that contained greenhouse-style displays and preservation rooms, including one pavilion with 12 different temperate zones (hot & humid, hot & dry etc). Also a large section of Australian plants which felt quite odd to see - standing in England looking at eucalypts and bottle-brush!

    Stopped off at the Orangery building for a tea and scones break, then did some more wandering. Lots of wildlife about too, ducks and geese and squirrels and that sort of thing. We also did a brief walk around of Kew Gardens Palace, which was the companion building to the (since-destroyed) main Kew Palace where King George IV lived during his long degenerative illness. The remaining building was where his Queen and daughters lived, and was quite well done. Well preserved and maintained, though they were at pains to mention repeatedly that they received no funding from either the government or the crown! We gave them a donation.

    Back to the station where we grabbed a couple of sandwiches for lunch and hopped on the train. Next stop was the Beefeater Gin Distillery where we were meeting my brother Sean and his girlfriend at 3pm. Actually managed to properly organise things this time and the meet-up went smoothly. Was great to see them both after several months away!

    The tour was interesting - I didn't realise that gin is basically just raw alcohol infused with flavourings (juniper berries, plus Beefeater use orange peel, lemon, liquorice and a few other things). It's their only distillery, which seems small for a world-wide operation, but apparently the factory and it's four (4!) employees churn out 10,000 litres every day. Crazy.

    The tour also included a free gin and tonic in their lounge afterwards, so we indulged of course and had a good catch-up session. But it didn't last too long, as they needed to head off to a function of some sort. So we said our farewells and parted for the next 24 hours. Back home for us, where we had a night in of work and another dish of spaghetti with pesto!
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  • Day3

    London day 3 Wed 25 April 2018

    April 25 in the United Kingdom

    Breakfast a bit hit & miss. Corn flakes & Coco Pops... Off to Hampton Court Palace built by Cardinal Wolsey & gifted to Henry Vlll just before his execution. Five of Henry VIII six wives lived here. It was a favourite residence of Elizabeth I. Charles I also lived here. Started with the young Henry story audio tour, then the Georgian story audio tour, followed by the audio tour of William III apartments missing Henry VIII apartments by accident. Bus and walk to Kew Gardens, officially called the Royal Botanic Gardens. Wandered about and looked at plants both inside and outside a number of greenhouses, including the Alpine House, Palm House, Temperate House and Waterlily House. Saw a Wollemi Pine and Monkey Puzzle trees both of which have different male and female seeds on the same tree. Dinner at Kew Hotel, then train back to Acton Town hotel.Read more

  • Day3

    Kew Garden - die Rosen

    May 31 in the United Kingdom

    Die Zeit wird immer enger und was wir noch eigentlich sehen wollen immer mehr, wir beschließen für heute noch kurz einmal quer durch den Garten zu laufen und kurz vor dem Verlassen nochmal den Rosengarten zu bestaunen.

    Der Rest des Gartens muss bis zum nächsten Besuch warten, er lohnt aber auch jedenfall den Besuch und hinterlässt beim ersten kurzen Spaziergang einen wunderschönen Eindruck. Wir kommen hoffentlich mal mit etwas mehr Zeit wieder.Read more

  • Day3

    Kew Gardens - die Häuser

    May 31 in the United Kingdom

    Nach dem Gin Tonic am Nachmittag gehen wir von der Destillerie zum Bahnhof Vauxhall und suchen den Zug Richtung Richmond, von dort fahren wir mit der Underground District line wieder eine Station zurück nach Kew Gardens um dort den Royal Botanic garden zu besichtigen. Der 'Garten' ist ca. 500 Meter geraden Weges von der Haltestelle entfernt.

    Der Garten hatte heute bis 19 Uhr offen und um 18 Uhr war letzter Einlass. Wir kommen gegen 17 Uhr an und können mit unserem London Pass wieder direkt durch. Wir merken sehr schnell das dies wohl nur ein sehr oberflächlicher Besuch in den restlichen 2 Stunden sein kann. Der Park ist riesig groß.

    Wir beschließen das wir als erstes die beiden größten Glasshäuser besichtigen wollen da diese schon gegen 18 Uhr geschlossen werden. Also los zum Palmenhaus... Es ist ein 'altes' im viktorianischen Stil gebautes Glashaus mit vielen verschiedenen großen Palmen, Bananen, Strelizien und vielen anderen riesigen Pflanzen aus den verschiedenen Regionen der Erde. Es gibt auch einen schönen 'Hochweg' direkt über dem Dach des Gebäudes, diesen erreicht über eine kleine Wendeltreppe.

    Kurz am Rosengarten vorbei und zum 'Temperate House'. Dieses weltgrößte Glashaus wurde erst am 5. Mai nach 5-jähriger Renovierung wiedereröffnet und in dieser Zeit komplett neu aufgebaut und angepflanzt. Die Pflanzen sind aus allen Temperaturezonen von Afrika bis Asien und Amerika bis Pazifik... Wunderschön. Alleine schon das Viktorianischen Glashaus ist den Besuch wert.
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  • Day3

    Kew Garden - der Baumwipfelweg

    May 31 in the United Kingdom

    Nachdem wir kurz vor 6 Uhr diese beiden größten Häuser gesehen hatten, wollen wir erstmal ein wenig durch den riesigen restlichen Garten laufen, wir sind direkt in der Nähe des Baumwipfelpfades und steuern diesen an. Da lt. Aushang vor dem Aufgang dieser auch schon spätestens um 6 'schließt' und wir 5 nach 6 erst dort sind beratschlagen wir, ob wir noch die Treppen erklimmen und auf Höhe der umliegenden Baumwipfel spazieren wollen. Nachdem noch andere Besucher hinaufsteigen gehen wir auch hinterher und laufen in 18 Meter Höhe durch die Baumwipfel... Coole Aussicht.Read more

  • Day2

    Kew Gardens

    September 25, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    This is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. Known for its variety of floral species. Also famous currently is their bee exhibition known as "The Hive". Some tropical greenhouses are open for viewing but didn't interest me much as palm and rubber trees are native to Malaysia.

    I managed to take many pictures of plants I have never seen before. I have to say, I love the photo quality of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Made me feel like I had a DSLR camera.

    One of the attractions that interests me the most was the treetop walkway. Located about 5 storeys high, this place makes you feel like you are one with the trees. The view is spectacular.

    There is also a bamboo forest here. Makes you feel like a damn panda when you walk through it. Since we are on the topic of oriental stuff, there is also a pagoda in this garden. Apparently its been there since the 1800 or something and has been reconstructed over the ages in order to keep it standing.

    A number of different species of ducks and birds were spotted too as there is quite a bit of ponds and lakes here. Oh, and how can I forget, the squirrels. Friendly little creatures they are. Or rather, greedy and hungry for food. They come running to you if you put a hand out. They think you are giving them food.

    And enjoyable experience. To me, Kew Gardens is a must go if you are one with nature. Just that transport there is a bit of a hassle, if you are based in Central London.
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  • Day67

    Kew Gardens

    August 22, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Today I headed to Kew Gardens with Julia and her family. They are incredible, best botanical gardens I've ever been too. The flower displays we so perfect it almost didn't look real. The greenhouses were spectacular, cactus, rock gardens, vegetable gardens, flower beds, tree canopy walk, Japanese garden and arboretum were all so good. We had a delicious fish pie lunch and we spent many hours soaking up the floral displays. After we met Jake and more of Julia's family for curry in Shoreditch, then headed to Blues Kitchen to listen to some Jazz!Read more

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