Tulips and meetups in Hampton Court

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Entrance to Hampton Court Palace with planter of pink tulips in foreground.

We’re packing up and heading home today. (Finally!) I thought I’d leave you with some of my favorite images from the last few days.

As I mentioned here, we had to delay our return home due to illness, so decamped out to Hampton Court last Friday. We spent a lot of time just walking outdoors and really soaking up the gorgeous scenery.

We spent the better part of last Saturday exploring Hampton Court Palace. We’d been once before several years ago, but it was raining, so we didn’t wander the gardens as much as I would have liked. We made up for it this time!

Orange tulips at Hampton Court Palace

There’s currently a Tulip Festival going on, and the gardens were full of some excellent tulip action! If you’re in the area in the near future, I highly recommend it.

Red and yellow tulips with manicured trees in background at Hampton Court Palace.
Yellow tulips surround a golden wagon wheel at Hampton Court Palace.
Formal garden at Hampton Court Palace planted with tulips.
Susan B examines an urn in Hampton Court Palace garden.

The weather was clear, but brisk and breezy, so I was back in my down coat.

We also revisited the inside of the palace. One of my favorite parts of the tour is the kitchens of Henry VIII. I’m always most interested in the “daily life” aspects of history.

King Henry VIII's kitchens, Hampton Court Palace.
Larder in Henry VIII's kitchens, Hampton Court Palace.
Henry VIII dinner menu, Hampton Court Palace.

And the next day I did finally arrange to meet up with Josephine of Chic at Any Age. We usually get together either in London or Paris. We hadn’t seen each other in almost 3 years, so it was great to catch up. We had a lovely lunch and then spent a couple of hours walking along the river.

Susan B and Josephine from Chic at Any Age.

My little green jacket is from Herno, and the sweater from Crimson Cashmere, both purchased in Paris. Can’t seem to find the jacket online, sorry! But it’s a great little sport jacket, lightweight and waterproof.

Deer reclining in Bushy Park near Hampton Court.

Josephine recommended we take a walk in Bushy Park (one of the largest of the Royal parks) to see the stags, so we did that evening. We didn’t have to wander far before we came across a few of them. (We didn’t get close…I zoomed in quite a bit for this photo.)

swan on Thames river near Hampton Court bridge.

We kept spotting this one swan cruising around. He seemed to like hanging out near the bridge.

Sunset along the Thames, Hampton Court.

There’s something so restorative about being near the water. We enjoyed the last few days, but are quite happy to finally be going home!

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