A walk through Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace, open to visitors and allows pictures! We got there just after they opened at 10.

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There was an entry fee but I don’t remember it being very much and we could come and go under the whole day. I think it might also have included other castles.

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Staff was stationed all about to ask questions of but we did pretty well just wandering and reading plaques.

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Ghost shadows! Loved it. The shadows moved on occasion.

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Kensington wasn’t as extravagant as Drottningholm, especially the chandeliers, but it wasn’t completely without chandeliers of its own either.

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Looking out at the garden.

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Shiny! There was a lot of pretty jewelry to see in Kensington but due to lighting, I couldn’t get pictures of all of them.

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One of Queen Victoria’s dresses. There were quite a few on display here.

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Fan details.

This was a really nice visit. Linn and I had great luck on this trip in that most places weren’t too crowded. We made sure to show up at Kensington at opening in hopes of avoiding too many people (because we like to take a million pictures).

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I feel an overwhelming need to own a fan. And perhaps a handkerchief.

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More clothing. We were here for about two hours, until our teatime at The Orangery just on the other side of Kensington Gardens.

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Upcoming posts- A walk through Kensington Gardens and Afternoon Tea at The Orangery!

All pictures of me were taken by the amazing Linn.

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A walk through London

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I got to spend a few days in May in London with my Linn. We had a great time! We arrived on a Wednesday and left on a Sunday morning (unreasonably early).

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We dedicated a morning to a walk along the Thames in order to get a look at some of the classic sights. We, of course, started with lattes.

Note to other tourists: London has a surprising lack of trashcans. Prepare to carry that cup forever.

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Buckingham Palace! It was my first time in London (in England really) so we had to walk by and get a look. I was mostly impressed with the gate.

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Look at that thing! That is one impressive gate. I do love gilded things.

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And there was a unicorn! Several, actually.

walkf2The Victoria Memorial fountain was beautiful! We spent a bit of time just circling it and taking pictures.

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You’ll notice we’ll be wearing sunglasses in most of the pictures. We had incredible luck with the weather. On the last day we were out and about there were even warning on the subway to instruct people feeling unwell from the heat to get help at the stations.

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We started our walk around 8 so I think we missed the larger wave of tourists. In our experience, people in London were really nice and very helpful.

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You’ll come to notice that I have a thing for statues. It may even rival my chandelier obsession.

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Linn had an impressive map, without which we would have been doomed. The subway system was amazing and super easy. If you did happen to get confused, there’s staff at the entrances to help you out. London was incredibly tourist friendly. I suppose it makes sense considering how many tourists go there every year.

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Big Ben. Seen it. Check!

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Took a bunch of pictures with Big Ben. Check!

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Didn’t know that seeing a crowned lamppost was on my list of things to see in life, but it definitely was. CHECK!

 

More posts from our trip to come, including: Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Tourist Tips, Food Adventures, Shopping Adventures and Afternoon tea at the Orangery.

And, as always, all pictures of me (or me and Linn) were taken by Linn.

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