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Hampton Court Palace

22 Jul

So well, it was a long journey to the palace, took the southwest train all the way to hampton court which is in zone 6. think kl and sepang. u’ll get the picture.

fooling around while waiting for the train to arrive

whats interesting about this palace was that we get to see 2 palaces for the price of one. One part comprises of red brick Tudor palace which is associated with king Henry VIII while the baroque palace has some of the most BEAUTIFUL gardens ive seen in my life. apparently, during king william’s reign, queen mary wanted to demolish the ancient castle for a more baroque style. but during the construction, few of their worksmen died, and the queen herself died suddenly of smallpox and a fire broke out in the king’s apartment. hence, only half of the castle was rebuilt. coincidence or not? go figure

EVERYTHING in this palace spells ROYAL. its just breathtaking. maybe cos this the is first palace ive been to since i came so dont blame me for my jakunness:P

even the side door looks royal

love the grand staircase

the details on the ceiling are just amazing

the Other Boleyn Girl costume exhibition. its like the movie came alive:)

the king’s bed. wonder how did the fat king henry VIII fit in there:P. i curi ambil tis pic. no piccies are allowed inside actually:P i feel so jahat:P

queen’s royal bath area..thank god for showers nowadays:P

fooling with the broom:P she needed some good spanking:P

im a convincing pie maker:P

the Tudor kitchen. where all sumptious feast were prepared eons ago.

some pretty details i couldnt resist along the way

the palace also boasts one of the most beautiful gardens suited for royalties. i want one of these too!!!

the Great Fountain Garden
the Great Fountain Garden

the Pond garden

the Pond Garden

some garden next to the Pond Garden

yes we love to jump

some flora we saw along the way

some majestic looking arch. its really beautiful:)

then we entered the maze. thought its gonna be a hard one. we entered with very little difficulty with throngs of other visitors and coming out was a breeze:P

prolly this was the place the aristocrats do their bollywood thing long time ago during courtship:P

guess which way we took in the end?
guess which way we took in the end?

we also had afternoon tea in the palace..liked the ambience. felt like we were transported in time to King Henry VII’s era.

was suppose to leave after that, but us being us, camwhored in the garden like theres no tomorrow. we took in total 1600++ piccies in a day!! can u imagine that? siao

shianyi the ketiak toucher and me the erm groper?

had dinner in the very much raved about FOUR SEASONS. theyre famous for their roast duck. went to the chinatown outlet. it was damn good in my opinion. the meat was soft, juicy and tender. was super yummy. ordered the whole duck for the 5 of us. Glen came and meet us after his posting in the hosp. This gotta be his umpteenth time eating here. i love london’s chinatown!! compared to glasgow’s pathetic warehouse-ish one.

french beans. this was friggin good:)

our roast duck

kungpo prawns

that pretty much sums up 4/5 of our first day in london:)

to be continued..