Hampton Court Palace
One of my absolute favorite places in England was conveniently about five minutes from Kingston by bus. Hampton Court Palace was built beginning in the 1500s for King Henry VIII, but was added on to in the late 1600s by William III, who intended to make it rival Versailles (source). This combination of architecture from two very different time periods made for a fascinating building, inside and out.
I actually made the trek to the palace by myself, and wandering through it and around the gardens at my own pace was very relaxing and enjoyable. Fortunately, I was able to take pictures inside this one! I hope you enjoy them!
They were renovating the front entrance, which was kind of a bummer for the pictures. Oh well, it looked good in the Olympics! 😉
This hallway-staircase-foyer room was just amazing. The pictures don’t do it justice. Those beautiful paintings were on every side, and I think I probably could have spent an entire day just in that room.
Yeah…it’s good to be king. 😉
I’m obsessed with the Tudors (the actual people, not the mini-series), so I was in awe walking around through the same hallways as King Henry VIII, his wives, and Elizabeth I. So cool.
There was a distinct change in style around this point in the palace.
I love these trees.
And these flowers. Beautiful.
I want my backyard to look like this someday. 😛
This grape vine was planted in 1769, and still produces 500-700 pounds of grapes per year!
Little orange trees!
When my friend Sarah visited me in late October, she also made her way to Hampton Court Palace (while I was in class). She told me that the palace was her absolute favorite aspect of England. While I’m not sure I could chose a favorite, I have to say, I can see where she’s coming from. Maybe it’s because we don’t have anything like it in the States, or maybe it’s simply because it is full of history and beauty. Either way, if you’re ever in the area, I strongly urge you to visit Hampton Court Palace!
I hope you’re all enjoying the last day of September. See you next month! 🙂