Hampton Court Palace

Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
Trip End Aug 06, 2010

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Today started off much the same as yesterday, a light breakfast before heading out on another adventure as we were headed for Hampton Court Palace, Home of King Henry VIII. To get there was changing trains on the tube a couple of times before ending up at Waterloo Station, which is a major train station with approximately 20 - 22 platforms. After some confusion on the train stations behalf it was switching between platform 2 and 3, they finally settled on 3 and we boarded or train for Hampton Court. The journey is about 30 min and is around 40 KM south of London. On our way there someone pointed out the new buildings of MI5 and with the antenna arrangement on the other side of the tracks it was a no brainer, very similar installation for sights in North America.
We arrived at Hampton Court at 10:00 AM which is there opening time and found the Palace absolutely stunning in architecture and masonry work. Very fine craftmanship and one could only imagine how many servents it took to keep a place this size running. When they were mentioning the amount of food consumed on a daily basis and trying to account for upcoming events, etc it was mind boggling. No wonder the King and his court moved after some many years because they literaly sucked up all of the resources in the area and were forced to move on. In total we saw most of Hampton court including the maze and formal gardens and finished by 4:00 PM. By taking the train and tube that put us back at our hotel area at 7:00 PM. We stopped for a couple of beers at the Swan Pub, the same pub where most people who were on their way to the gallows, had a final pint before loosing their head at Marble Arch. We had a bit of a rest before heading out for supper and tonight was Italian night and found a really great place for supper, authentic and wonderful to complete a really great day.
It is now time for some needed rest as we are averaging about 9-12 Kilometers per day and it does start to add up. Good night.
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