We’re back from London and there’s so much to share! Today I’ll be showing you some photos of our trip on the first full day we spent in London and then later this week I’ll start telling you all about the RSN course.
While we were in London we stayed in Teddington. The hotel was a 20 minute bus ride or a 35 minute walk away from Hampton Court Palace. Teddington is a great little part of London, full of wonderful places to eat, friendly, cozy pubs, grocery shops, charity shops (are those fun!) and every other thing you might need. If/When we return, we will definitely be staying in the same place again.
On Sunday morning we got up, had breakfast and decided to walk to Hampton Court through Bushey Park. I thought I might walk to class every day. That didn’t work out but the walk to Hampton Court Palace and all along the Thames on Sunday was wonderful. The day was sunny and not too cold. We walked about 5 miles to the Palace, along the Thames and then back to the hotel. I was tired when we got back but very happy. I’ve loved London since I first visited when I was 14 years old.
Walking through the park I could imagine all the people through the ages who had been in this open, green space. Ancient trees surrounded us as we walked along the paths.
We arrived at the grounds of Hampton Court Palace at the back of the palace and walked through to the front. We had decided to walk along the Thames and enjoy the beautiful day. As we walked along the side of the palace next to the river, we caught a glimpse of the chimneys through an opening in the wall. The chimneys all different and one of my favourite things about the palace. The brick work is as beautiful as stitching patterns!
As we walked along the river we noticed that it was quite high. I turned around to look and saw that it was very high – closer to the top of the bridge than I’d seen it in the past.
As we continued we were surprised to see that the Thames had gone over it’s banks and was covering not only the path but the benches along the path. If you’ve not been following the weather in England you might not know that they have had an unprecedented amount of rain, high tides and winds this winter. Huge areas of England are under water and many people have lost their homes, farms and businesses.
We continued on towards Hampton Wick and stopped for a drink before we finished our walk back to the hotel. It was a lovely afternoon!
The next morning I would pick up my pass from Reception and walk left around the corner…to the RSN! I was so excited!