Kew Gardens

Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
Trip End May 01, 2011

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Today I decided to go to Kew Gardens.  Unfortunately....same old story...I got up rather late.  I grabbed a cup of coffee downstairs on my way out...I sat and drank it and looked at my guidebook and notes, ate a clif bar and then went out to the tube to catch a train to Kew Gardens.  I asked the man at the station where I was transferring  which train to take and he said the 2nd one on the right side.  I waited and then heard an announcement that some trains were not running or delayed so I asked again and he said I missed the train and to take the 2nd one that comes.  I did that but it took me awhile to realize that it was the wrong one...the line forked here and I was on the wrong line.  By the time I finally got to Kew Gardens it was around one.

I went in the Victoria Gate and was off from the instructions since they started at the Main Gate.  A nice woman...everyone I ask here has been very helpful and nice...suggested that I not go all around the Gardens but concentrate on the greenhouses and the closer end....which I ended up doing after I had seen the pagoda and the lion gate.  It was marvelous to be in Kew Gardens and think of all those famous plant hunters that I had read about...I saw a photo of Joseph Hooker and he looked very handsome...and actually be here with all these famous trees.  The grounds are very spacious, the trees are labeled but spread out quite a bit.  There were lovely drifts of daffodils and blue spring flowers.  The most visible highlight were the various glasshouses...the conservatories.  One housed temperate plants, another palms, another an exhibition of evolution and the Princess of Wales glasshouse had exhibits of various plant zones.  I loved the architecture of the old Victorian ones although the PoW had nice lines and I enjoyed the exhibits there.  I got to climb up the spiral staircases in two of the greenhouses and walk on the catwalks looking down at the luxurious foliage.

After hitting the gift shop and buying some bargain postcards, I took the train to Richmond as Andrew suggested and walked around looking for a place to have some dinner.  There were quite a few to choose from but I decided for low-budget Lebanese and had a falafel wrap which was quite good and I was quite happy.  I managed the trip back to the hostel without any problems.  I did find out going to Richmond that you may have to enter the correct direction when traveling by train otherwise your magnetic card might have a problem.

When I got back to the room, Ooud was already here and we had a nice chat.  Her English is much better than my French...until the 3rd roommate came.  I need to finish today's write-up quickly so I won't make any more noise and my roommates can go to sleep.

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