Category Archives: London

TraveLyne Goes to Hampton Court Palace

At the entrance of Hampton Court Palace.

So last Sunday, even though the sky was overcast and grey, I decided to take a train from Waterloo to Hampton Court Palace. An easy 40 minutes out of the city, and a short walk was all that was required. Easy enough.

Although this palace has not been inhabited by the British royal family since the 18th century, it is nevertheless still richly laden in history. If you know King Henry VIII, who was the King of England waaaaay long long ago, you would love this palace.

Originally built for a favourite of the King, Cardinal Wolsey, in Tudor style, it was passed back to the King when his favourite fell out of favour. I do not profess to know a very big lot about this branch of history, but what I read was that the palace was later inhabited by King William III, who then developed the palace further in Baroque style.

So what you have is a marriage of two distinct styles within one compound.

What is really neat about Hampton Court Palace is how informative the audio guide is. It gives very clear yet precise and succinct explanations on the sights within the palace. There are also real human guides dressed up in that era who take you around the palace, thus enhancing the experience.

Over and above all this, there is the Formal Gardens which is wonderful to stroll in, and the maze which is the United Kingdom’s oldest surviving maze. I was amazed (pun intended!) because even though I had taken an aerial picture of the maze before entering it, I still got horribly lost when I actually got into it.

Hampton Court Palace isn’t a place to describe in words, so I shall let the pictures do the talking.

Architecture galore.

Want some water?

The lion greets.

Hello, we've been waiting for you.

Base Court, where it all starts.

In the Clock Court.

Feeling like you were living back then.

It goes without saying that the star attractions here are the apartments, each of which is worth a visit. We are talking here about Henry VIII’s Apartments, William III’s Apartments, Georgian Private Apartments and Mary II’s Apartments (which unfortunately was closed at the time of visit). You get amazed at the sheer mammoth size of the apartments and how they were used, but here are some of the more memorable moments I had in these large spaces of history.

Always love stained glass.

The very grand staircase within Henry VIII's Apartments.

The fair maiden.

Working in Henry VIII's Kitchens!

Huge painting across the ceiling.

Well, like I said, you have to explore, to believe, appreciate and enjoy. But the palace isn’t just about buildings and history. You have got to stroll through the Formal Gardens to understand this one!

The Formal Gardens.

Loved admiring the green.

I love nature, and could live and walk within it forever!

Already bare.

Gotta love the mix.

Lost in the maze!

The Privy Garden.

Just outside the actual palace compound, there was an ice-skating rink and a carousel that was doing very good business!

Ice-skating in the sunset. How cool.

Becoming a kid again.

Soon, the sun started to set. I held my breath and watched her go.

Come back soon, Mister Sun!

There’s something magical about palaces to me, and Hampton Court Palace reminded me why. What a Sunday well spent.

Always love,
Lyn

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TraveLyne Goes to Kew Gardens

What they say about it being cold and grey in London is unfortunately true.  So when good weather arrives at your door, grab it by the neck and head out!  This I did last Sunday when London experienced a really great bout of sun.  It was also my first trip to anywhere besides the city itself – also because I have been so uber busy!

Kew Gardens is a mere 40 minutes away from the city by tube, and an easy walk thereafter from the station to the Victoria Gate entrance.  A UNESCO Heritage Site, it is a vast open space littered with flora and fauna, and a Victorian glasshouse that used to be the biggest in the world.

I enjoyed the afternoon tremendously, simply wandering about, which in my humble opinion, is the best way to explore the gardens.

See that shy little one!

A flower for my heart.

Pretty autumn colours! In awe!

The birds that were so cute.

Let's go, they're not gonna feed us!

Poetry in munching.

Palm House.

Fall fun.

Having a rest.

Play of light.

Pretty glass structure.

Walk with me.

Fallen.

Once the world's largest Victorian glasshouse - the Temperate House.

Puppy love?

All the fallen leaves. How pretty.

Xstrata Treetop Walkway....climbed and climbed and climbed all the way up!

So I walked and walked and walked. Was I tired? Nah. The weather was too pleasant and a good pair of wellies helped!

Time to go home! Bye bye Kew Gardens!

Thoroughly enjoyed Kew Gardens. What a day! You should go too!

Always love,
Lyn

Where Have I Been?

Wow, so indeed where have I been?

Busy, of course!  And doing what?  Settling in.  Getting into the groove of work, setting up my flat, meeting up with old chums and long lost school mates, making new friends and exploring the city, needless to say!

Well, actually, not so much exploring.  Now that I live in London, seeing how people here work and live has become my prime obsession.

If you could see how I love to observe strangers.  Yea, I love it.

Now, let’s commence this journey of discovery.  Who knows what it’s gonna bring!  I am excited.  Are you?

Always love,
Lyn

Hello London!

I am on my flight just under an hour from London. I hardly slept a wink through the 13 hours, under an hour – I don’t think that’s even considered sleep!!

The adventure begins! Woots!

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The sky's the limit!!!

Always love,
Lyn

London Before?

I have been to London.

In fact, of all the many places I’ve stepped upon on this globe, London has the privilege of sitting on the top of the list, in a tie with Boston. I have been to London thrice – with my first visit exactly a decade ago.

The beauty about London is that you can’t quite get sick and tired of it, simply because there is too much to see and do that one never gets to fully enjoy all her beauty.

I am still trying very hard to get all the administrative side of things sorted out – not much success though. It’s dreadfully painfully slow! =(

But one of the things I promise to do this time round, which eluded me the last 3 times?

So I will go up this time round!

Always love,
Lyn

The First Step

One of the first (and most hateful) things that must be undertaken when you relocate overseas for work, is to get that visa.

For a process which I thought would be relatively smooth, I have been proven very wrong. So before we even get excited about getting to London, let’s see if I get to iron all the kinks out and get over that visa already.

We wait with bated breath.

Always love,
Lyn 

This is me!

So I embark on this journey that I’ve never taken before…..

Alone in this big world!

But then, I know I am not alone in this.  You’re with me, aren’t you?

Always love,
Lyn