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Peru 2014

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Cambodia and Burma 2014

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Turkey 2012

Visiting Turkey; Istanbul and Ephesus in 2012

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Vietnam & Bangkok 2009

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Morocco 2012

Morocco; Marrakech, Fez, Volubilis, Meknes and Casablanca in October of 2012

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Japan 2011

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Rome 2009

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Hampton Court Palace- Day Trip From London

by wired2theworld on August 4, 2016

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace was built in the early 1500’s originally by Thomas Wolsey, but eventually finished by King Henry VIII. We took a day trip with the family to see all the royal splendor. In the winter, when we were there, the hours were shortened but there was a very cool light show in the evening all around the palace grounds. There’s also a fun hedge maze included with the price of admission.

TIP: At the time we went, we purchased a one week London Travelcard and with that were eligible to get 2 for 1 admissions to many places around London, including Hampton Court (which was a big savings). For more on the 2 for 1 deal, read this.

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court Garden

Hampton Court Garden

Hampton Court Kitchen Garden

Hampton Court Kitchen Garden

The kitchen gardens (above) were located near the parking lot and were surprisingly well planted. There were also public restrooms near here should you need them.

And then there were dragons…

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Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Love the brickwork (says the mason’s granddaughter). Each chimney had a different pattern (above and below).

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Hampton Court Kitchens

Hampton Court Kitchen

Hampton Court Kitchen

The kitchens were my favorite part (no surprise there, right?). The were in a separate building in a series of rooms, staged as is they were still active. I love to see how people lived in the past so this was especially interesting.

I would have loved to participate in their Live Historic Cookery program had I been there in summer.

Hampton Court Kitchen

Hampton Court Kitchen

Hampton Court Kitchen

Hampton Court Kitchen

Hampton Court Formal Garden

Hampton Court Formal Garden

The well manicured formal gardens and the waning winter light looked like a painting (above).

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

The king’s throne, above, and ….below.

Hampton Court Commode

Hampton Court Commode

 

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Hampton Court

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Hampton Court-staging area for the dining room.

 

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Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Perhaps an inspiration for Game of Thrones?

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Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Below, part of the “Encounters with the Past” daily presentation with actors in costume.

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Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

That’s one big fireplace!

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

While we were there, there was an exhibit of period clothing made out of white paper.

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The holiday light show…

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Day Trip To Greenwich (Outside London); Cutty Sark, Meridian Line, Royal Observatory

July 20, 2016
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On one of our days in London we took the tube into the city, using our Oyster Travelcard, and picked up the Thames Clipper to Greenwich (discounted ticket with the Oyster Card). It’s possible of course to get to Greenwich by tube or by bus, but going by boat was scenic and fun, if not […]

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London in Winter; British Museum, Tate Modern and Borough Market

July 9, 2016
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Why would we go to London in winter? It certainly wasn’t for the weather which was at best, chilly. We went to London to spend Christmas with David’s family. While that was lovely, in terms of sightseeing, the week around Christmas, may not the best time to be a tourist, but we were determined to […]

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Schwedagon Pagoda, Yangon and Lunch at 999 Shan Noodle

June 7, 2016
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After our Heritage Building walk and a refreshing beer in the Strand Hotel bar, Bob walked us over to where we’d decided to have lunch, a restaurant called 999 Shan Noodle at No. 130 B 34th Street. It’s not fancy, and it’s not expensive, but it certainly was delicious, and we had a nice time chatting […]

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Heritage Building Walking Tour Yangon, Myanmar

May 31, 2016
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Walking around Yangon, you can’t help but notice the mix of new construction, golden pagodas, and the crumbling faded glory of beautiful old buildings, many built between 1900 and 1930. I’ve always been fascinated in architecture, both old and new, so taking a walking tour to check out some of the heritage buildings of Yangon […]

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Yangon Food Tour

May 16, 2016
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After checking into the hotel, we had an appointment to go on a lunch time street food tour of the city with Yangon Food Tours. Our guide met us at the hotel and we set off on foot in for a tour around the neighborhood’s street food, stall, and small restaurant offerings. At the first […]

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The Strand Hotel, Yangon Myanmar (Burma)

May 14, 2016
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Our time on Inle Lake was too short and after our 3 nights there, we were off back to a whirlwind 36 hours in Yangon. First, we had to get there. This time we opted for a car back to the airport (instead of the boat and car option) and it was much faster and […]

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Road Trip To Kakku, Myanmar (Burma)

May 3, 2016
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After the market we had a 2 hour drive to the town of Taunggyi, in Shan State, where we had to stop at local Pa’ O people’s collective center. There, we had to pay an entrance fee to the area and hire a local guide (which makes sure that some tourist dollars make it back into […]

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