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Richmond upon Thames

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    • Jun22

      Off with her head! 👑🪓

      June 22 in England ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      After a full English breakfast with all the trimmings I reluctantly headed to the Kilburn Park underground… not only was it operational but it was quiet. It seemed people heeded the warning not to travel unless it was urgent… When you are on holidays from Australia 🇦🇺 travel is always urgent because it’s made up of lifetime opportunities & experiences that you just can’t give up on! I’m certainly not going to sit on my hands for the last week of my holiday and put adventures on hold or in the too hard basket 🧺

      Excitedly I arrived at King Henry the VIII Palace! I picked up an audio guide and off I went… The kitchens were fascinating because all of the meat was boiled before it was roasted. Then spices were added so that it actually had some flavour. The kitchens would’ve been so hot because there was six fires going at once in there. Henry predominantly ate meat and there were usually two courses with 40 dishes in each course! 🐷🐬🐏🐄🐓🐀🍖🍗🥩🥩🥩🍷🍷🍷

      Tracy Borman was the audio guide historian. She is my favourite all time Royal historian with her chosen expertise in the Tudor times. 👑❤️
      I’d absolutely LOVE ❤️ her job! Her office is at Kensington Palace in Queen Victoria’s nursery.

      It was a myth that King Henry and his court only drink beer and wine. They also drink a lot of water which was piped in from the local spring.

      Very annoyingly there were school groups touring the Palace at the same time as me. How I was a teacher I will never know! They were rowdy, misbehaving and so naughty 👿 Spoiling everybody’s quiet 🤫 enjoyment. Reminded me of my teaching days in London; which were hideous. The children were the worst behaved in the world apparently. Australian and Canadian teachers were loved because of our great discipline training. I recall one teaching day I was told to just keep them busy for the day. They were beyond learning anything! 🙃🤯

      I have been constantly reminded during this trip also of the loud, obnoxious, overemphasised voice of the species known as the American tourist! 😳🫢

      William the third lived here in the 18th century and was very private. He did not allow the public to watch him eating lunch, which Henry did. This made him much less popular. Watching the monarch dine was a great exercise in public relations! Take a note Leanne LOL 😝 you need to hold court at lunchtime in Sunny ☀️ Brunny! Public dining was the social media of the day.

      It is said that on certain nights, Catherine Howard’s (4th wife) screams, pleading for her life can be heard in hallway of King 👑 Henry’s Apartments.

      The Georgian part of history was fascinating too. Much of the Tudor architecture was destroyed for the new dynasty. Lavish parties were commonplace often. Sounds like a fun period! 🎊 The most intimate members of the Prince & Princess of Wales watched King George getting dressed! 🙈

      The Georgian era ended Monarchy living at Hampton Court Palace 🛑

      I absolutely love the Medieval 🏰 Tudor times and this palace was fascinating. I spent four hours exploring and 10,000 steps… I could have easily spent all day!

      Unfortunately (…or fortunately…) The train stopped running from Hampton Court because there was a suicide on the line. This is extremely sad and the cockney station 🚉 guard was not being very empathetic; essentially bleating on about how hard it will now be for her to get home! 😳👎🏻
      Hopefully they will run again sometime later this afternoon. In the meantime I’m doing the lemon 🍋 into lemonade dance again and having drinks and lunch at a cute local pub! 🍺

      To commemorate Henry himself I’m having a pale ale pie with clotted cream mash, buttered leeks, savoy cabbage and rich ale gravy! 🥧
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      Traveler

      I've got a copy of Ye Old Henry at home🤣🤣

      6/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      I know and I love ❤️ it! I might do up my own now 😝😝😝🪓🪓🪓

      6/22/22Reply

      I totally understand your comments about the loud and obnoxious yanks. They are so embarrassing ( generalisation here). Once in Vietnam we had a USA lady ask if she could tag along with us, I walked super fast so she couldn’t keep up ( nasty Julesi !!!) [Jules]

      6/22/22Reply
      Traveler

      Good! I just find them insufferable 😩 even when they are talking to each other they are over exaggerating everything they ask each other or say… I don’t care about generalisation they pretty much all the same! As you would probably agree… You know me very much for not being politically correct 👎🏻😳😝🪓🪓🪓

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    • Day7

      Wimbledon

      June 8 in England ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      We arrived In London yesterday afternoon on the overnight flight from Vancouver. We successfully navigated via the Tube & train to Stephanie and Chris’s lovely home. Today is a quiet day exploring Wimbledon and the commons.Read more

      Traveler

      check out this mud hen's feet.

      6/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      Looks like they were made for a much larger bird and yet they are as fashionable as a pair of exclusive boots!

      6/10/22Reply

      Watching it walk was like watching a toddler wearing their a parents shoes! 😂 [Liz]

      6/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      Does it feel as timeless and relaxing to be there as it looks?

      6/10/22Reply
       
    • Day22

      Sonntagmorgen in London

      September 25 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Heute Morgen bin ich mit Verena aufgestanden und haben dann mit unseren beiden Gastgebern klein aber fein gefrühstückt.🥰

      Dann sind wir mit dem Pastor zusammen in die Innenstadt gefahren. Die beiden wohnen fast eine Stunde mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel von der King‘s Cross Station entfernt, weshalb es sehr gut war, dass wir in die Stadt mitgenommen werden konnten. 🚙

      London ist eine schöne Stadt und auch in ihr gefahren zu werden, macht Spaß. ♥️🥰
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    • Day5

      Spaziergang durch Notting Hill

      November 1 in England ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Nach dem Besuch von Madame Tussauds kam die Sonne raus und wir sind nach Notting Hill gefahren und haben uns den schicken Londoner Stadtteil angeschaut.
      Sind über den Portobello Markt geschlendert, haben lecker gegessen und die schönen Häuser mit den bunten Türen bewundert.Read more

    • Day4

      Zurück in die City Londons

      October 31 in England ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Von Greenwich geht es mit der Seilbahn wieder zurück in die City.
      Besuch der Evensong Abendmesse in der St. Paul's Cathedral.
      Der krönende Abschluss des Tages ist ein Besuch des Musicals Mamma Mia im Novello Theater.
      Hervorragende Show!!!
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    • Day17

      Happy Birthday Percy !

      January 6, 2020 in England ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Percy was four today !

      We all went into town to a favourite of George and Tegan's - Dishoom, which "pays homage to the Irani cafe's and all the food of Bombay". We started with mango lassis and breakfast and then moved into the lunch menu. Everything was delicious.

      George and Tegan took us to their old stomping grounds in Bloomsbury and we went to the children's playground at Coram Fields to burn off some energy.

      We finished up at the British Museum. There was a divergence of interest level (and tiredness level) in our group, and so we broke into three different parties for the journey home.

      We were all ready for tea and cake when we got there.
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    • Day4

      Waitrose

      December 24, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Today was a day of shopping, cooking, wrapping and getting ready.

      It was so lovely to be with the London gang for Christmas, even though we dearly missed Mum, Soph and Ross who sent us messages from home. Mum mainly wanted to know whether we had been to Waitrose yet - prompting the “Waitrose Selfie”.

      We also ticked off another London tradition by going to the Bank of England pool for a swim before fancy Xmas Eve tea (roast chicken and Plumble.
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    • Day3

      4 Connaught Avenue

      December 23, 2019 in England ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      We arrived at 4 Connaught Avenue before dawn break to the sounds of George and Percy pattering down the hall and whispering “they’re here”. It was a very exciting reunion - hugs and kisses all around and a quick tour of the house and sleeping arrangements.

      But Christmas was coming and there was lots to do. Tegan and I headed out to Barnes for meat, fish and veg, while George, Russell and the kids got on the bus to Richmond for last minute gifts (and breakfast).

      To stave off afternoon jet lag, we headed into the city in the afternoon to look around the shops and Leicester Square and soak up the pre-Christmas excitement.
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    • Day5

      Christmas Day

      December 25, 2019 in England ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

      Christmas Day ! Everyone was up early to get stuck into all the presents under the tree.

      It was a glorious sunny day so we went for a walk (and climb) in Richmond Park.

      Then it was time to get stuck into the festivities. Negronis all round, and then Christmas lunch was a triumph - beef wellington, pudding and trifle.

      Everyone fell into bed with new Xmas books and reading companions.
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    • Day15

      The Last Skywalker

      January 4, 2020 in England ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      A longstanding itch for Henry was scratched today when we went to Barnes to see "The Last Skywalker", The London Coles' local cinema is fantastic. It started as a dance hall, then was a cinema, and from the 60s onwards it was a recording studio and before the movie there was footage of all the famous bands that recorded there - Rolling Stones, Beatles, Led Zepellin, Queen, Pink Floyd...

      During the night however we received some worrying news from home. Our Mum had had a fall at the beach and had been taken to hospital. After a flurry of phone calls it was still a little unclear what had happened. We were so thankful to Soph and Ross who pulled themselves off their flight to Malaysia to return to Wollongong and take care of Mum.

      I was glad to be with George - it is hard to be far from home when bad news comes in.
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    Richmond upon Thames, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, RIC, Richmond, Richmond-upon-Thames, RCU

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