Hampton Court Palace
Trip Start May 06, 2008
29Trip End Jun 06, 2008
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Day 3 : 10th May 2008 (Saturday) Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace.My initial plan for today was to head to Portobello Road and the Notting Hill area since it is a Saturday but like I said, I was a little over ambitious with the planning and thought we were in better shape than we are, so we're a little behind... Fortunately, Sanjiv saved us the struggle to get to the palace using the local transport by volunteering to drive us there, today being his day off work. So we piled into his car, marveled at his TomTom while he plugged in the destination and off we went.
We had our trusty 2for1 vouchers here too, and Godwin and I had no problems validating them. Good thing too, because entry is pretty steep at 13£. There was a minor hiccup when the teller
The audio guides left a lot to be desired, I've seen (ok heard... as was rightly pointed out by Nicole who misses nothing...) better. The palace itself was interesting, the courtyard stunning, and the Haunted Gallery eerie. We didn't see any ghosts but apparently this area is stalked by the spirit of Catherine Howard, one of the wives of Henry VIII who was later executed. If walls could talk, oh the stories we would hear - of affairs, treachery, debauchery. Take your pick. The Baroque Apartments were quite impressive as well. Who knew they needed a public bedroom AND a private bedroom... We then moved to the Tudor kitchens, which I liked the best.
Driving through London, overground, was a different experience as opposed to taking the tube. The traffic was also a little frustrating. We thought we'd never get there with enough time to explore the vast British Museum. We hurried up the stairs, got through the front entrance and found ourselves in the Great Court. The great thing about museums in London is that they are free. We didn't have too much time before the museum closed for the day so we decided to split up, hit the highlights and meet back at the food area. Of course we had to go see the Rosetta Stone first, it was amazing to see it up close and in person after I'd read so much about it. Even
Then it was back outside where we walked down to the Covent Garden area, window shopping along the way. We had to head back to Bunga's place early as she was having another barbeque party, and was expecting guests, so we had to get back sooner rather than later and make ourselves presentable. We did have a little time to watch some of the street performers do their thing though. They were quite good and definitely entertaining. Once we'd had enough, we made our way to the Covent Garden tube stop, and boy, it was crowded! It was so bad that we lost Ashok and Glynis. The train came, there was chaos and confusion, do we take this one or not, we got left behind and the train whisked Ashok and Glynis away.We looked around they weren't there! Shock and horror. I'm the one unofficially in charge of checking the routes so I was so worried if they'd get home ok. We took the next train and only hoped they would realize getting back to Bunga's involved changing trains. The crowd thinned out as the stations progressed until finally, for the last few stops, it was just us. It was a little uncanny, the whole train to ourselves. We got off at Northolt and were making our way to our secret shortcut when we see two familiar people walking hurriedly towards us in the dark. Ashok and Glynis! They made it alright, its just that they missed the shortcut and walked more than they should have. They were backtracking when we caught up with them. Phew! Huge weight off my chest!!!
We walked from the tube stop to our home away from home and found we had enough time to freshen up and get ready before the guests arrived. We all moved out into the backyard and Lui, Pierre, Ninoshka and Savio arrived shortly after. We
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