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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Science Fiction Bokhandeln – Best Bookstore EVER!

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This treasure is in Gamlastan (Old town) in Stockholm and if you’re ever in the area you should definitely visit!

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What looks like a tiny shop is actually huge. Just keep going. The first floor of books and fandom swag goes up stairs to a platform of dvds and shirts and then up another set of stairs to a floor of boardgames. The first time I was here I didn’t even realize it was so big, I was so overwhelmed by the first section.

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In fact, the first time I was here I was so overwhelmed by all of the cute stuff and books that I didn’t buy anything! Nothing! I regretted it so!

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Phong found Thor’s hammer amidst the fanswag! Turns out he’s not worthy of ruling Asgard.

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I really wish we had one of these in Umeå. This is, hands-down, my favorite shop in Stockholm. Visit it! You’ll love it!

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Travel to Stockholm

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We went to Stockholm for the weekend. The flight from Kiruna down took about an hour and a half. We flew with Norwegian Air. I’ve only ever had good experiences with Norwegian. And Stockholm was blissfully without snow!

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Phong slept on just about every piece of transportation, as usual. He even fell asleep on the plane before take off and didn’t wake again until we were in the air.

 

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We took the bullet train between the airport and the train station in town. It’s a little more expensive than the bus but it only takes about 20 seconds and it was really comfy. It’s cheaper the more seats you’re buying at a time.

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We stayed at Scandic Sjöfartshotellet. Scandic is a chain of hotels here. We were surprised to find tiny twin beds in our room. The cabinet behind him in the picture folded down into a second bed. We moved the other one over so we could sleep next to each other. Phong and I sleep like otters. We hold hands. I didn’t know this was an otter thing until Phong heard about how they hold hands so they don’t drift away from one another at night.

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Swedish hotels have great breakfast buffets! Breads with different spreads, cheeses, veggies and meat slices. Baked beans, bacon, eggs and much more.

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This particular Scandic also had teapots you could fill and bring to your table. A nice touch.

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The whole hotel was very nice. Big gym downstairs. Happy staff. And a good breakfast.

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His Travel Weakness

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Phong is a delight to travel with. He makes me laugh, is willing to play the same card game with me for upwards of four hours, always lets me have the window seat, and never eats the last cookie, chip, or piece of candy.

We’ve traveled by car, plane, train, boat, and bus and over the years I’ve noticed his one travel weakness. Phong always falls asleep.

I’m not sure how he takes the city bus on his own because I’ve seen him fall asleep on a five minute bus ride before.

20140327_183107On a train.

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20150925_101046Train. And taking these pictures isn’t easy either. He has a sense for when a camera is pointed at him. Quite often he’ll wake up abruptly and pose.

20150911_153953Train. Repurposing his jacket and my scarf for a neck brace.

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Car in California. The first sleeping travel Phong picture I ever took, about 10 years ago.

He might not always stay awake while we travel but he does hold my hand while he sleeps so it evens out.

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-cheryl

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