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A walk in the park

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Limited options for exercise today. The gym's closed (open again tomorrow, I absolutely can't wait!) and public transport is scanty so getting to the outer reaches of London for a nice walk would be awkward. The weather's looking nice but the forecast is for rain. You'd think the sky would have run out but we just keep getting more and more.

I decide on a bus to Kensington High Street, and a walk through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.



Surprising how many people are about even at 10am. Quite a few joggers, including this one who was pushing a baby in a buggy!

We girls are good at multitasking and there's the proof.

I walk past the Albert Memorial and take a few pix including one of Rotten Row, which if you read Regency romances, you'll know is where posh people used to ride their horses. They still do.

Get to the lake. It looks very pretty and there are a lot of smug-looking geese saying to one another 'Safe again till next year!'


There's a statue I haven't seen before, apparently called Isis but I think it's an ibis to add to the confusion.

It's next to the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fountain which is this doofer here.


I remember when it first opened, there was a big hoo-hah because the designer and the Powers that Be had not realised the first thing people were going to do on a hot day was paddle in it. That is exactly what everyone did, esp small children. The Powers that Be do try to stop people from walking in it because of the danger of slipping, but I'm not sure how successful they are.

Wasn't very tempting today, mind. Damn' cold.

You don't say!

In the distance I see the London Eye then realise it's not the London Eye because it's 1. too small 2. moving too fast and 3. in completely the wrong place. It's the ferris wheel in the winter fair, Winter Wonderland.

Oh, I'm so glad I'm on the wagon again - the number of calories you can consume here is staggering. Mulled wine, hot chocolate, lebkuchen, frikadellen, it just gets wurst and wurst. Last year I ate a frikadelle and it pestered me for the rest of the day.

Since I was early today it was quite quiet - by 3pm in the afternoon it's always heaving with people. I was tempted by the pirate ship and the helter skelter but I'm a bit too old.

Exit by the gates that were a 90th birthday present for the Queen Mother. I agree with those who think they are absolutely hideous. Completely OTT and they cost 1.5million.

If I had 1.5million to spend on a birthday present for someone, I can think of something better.

So that was my walk. This park, like most of the parks in London, belongs to the Crown, hence all the royal connections. If you have tea and a biscuit in the cafes, the brand is 'Duchy'. As in Prince Charles' company. I didn't partake - don't think he needs my money as much as I do!
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EFFRAYECHILDE 1/8/2013 11:25AM

    As always, a great walk.

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SERASARA 1/2/2013 8:09PM

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CAMSEDGE 1/1/2013 4:44PM

    Thanks for the tour through the park...lovely

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PENOWOK 1/1/2013 11:12AM

    How fun!! Yeah, he doesn't need the money!! ;~]

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LAURIETAIT 1/1/2013 4:11AM

    Thanks fore the trip through Kensington Gardens. I agree the gates for the Queen Mum are ugly. It would take a lifetime of being royal to graciously accept that gift!

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RGPW30 12/30/2012 10:19PM

    I like the pictures, words and travel of your blogs. Thanks!

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JUDYAMK 12/29/2012 7:13PM

    Thank you so much for the walk I agree on the gate money could have been spent to a good cause not that!!!
Judy

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DR1939 12/29/2012 11:12AM

    Been there numerous times. Your blogs make me want to book a flight right now.

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KAYYAK1 12/29/2012 9:50AM

  Having visited your wonderful city a few times it is so nice to be able to be able to say that I was there too. So many historic sites for you. Nothing here in Phoenix, AZ to compare at all.
I do love your walks--mud and rain and all.

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SHIRLEYB62 12/28/2012 10:16PM

    thank you for sharing your walk. I feel as if i was there getting my shoes muddy.
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FALLNTENN 12/28/2012 8:42PM

    Lovely pictures. Sometimes I read regency romances so the picture of Rotten Row was interesting. Wonder why it was called that? (something else to google)

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KIPPER15 12/28/2012 8:21PM

    Another great walk. emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 12/28/2012 7:55PM

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TERRIJ7 12/28/2012 7:48PM

    Lovely pictures. I'm glad you take the time to share them with us.

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/28/2012 7:27PM

    Looks like a wonderful walk!

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LELERS 12/28/2012 3:34PM

    Nice, I love your pics!

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AJB121299 12/28/2012 3:07PM

    as always, love your photos

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KIN59VARA 12/28/2012 2:59PM

    Sounds like a great walk!

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JUNEAU2010 12/28/2012 1:00PM

    Loved the sculpture! Surprised you did not wander through that mud! emoticon

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LOPEYP 12/28/2012 12:29PM

    Great walk!

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LIS193 12/28/2012 10:40AM

    What a lovely walk!

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GRAMPIAN 12/28/2012 10:35AM

  Interesting.

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LOOKINGUP2012 12/28/2012 10:01AM

    emoticon Great walk! I've heard of Kensington Park but never imagined it would look like this!

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LJOYCE55 12/28/2012 9:02AM

  Thanks for letting us know the Prince has a cookie company to make money. I just assumed his mum gave him an allowance. Thank you for the pictures and happy holidays.

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TDEMAIO2 12/28/2012 7:18AM

    Thank you again for another beautiful walk : )

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METTATEACH 12/28/2012 5:34AM

    I used to live in Knightsbridge just around the corner from Harrods. I ran around the Serpentine each day and spent so much time in the Princess Diana Park because my nephews were little then. When we later moved to Wimbledon, I got serious and worked out at the gym daily and walked all around the village. In the end, I was at a very healthy 113 lbs when I got back to the U.S., but within a few years regained what I'd lost. And so goes the struggle....

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METTATEACH 12/28/2012 5:34AM

    I used to live in Knightsbridge just around the corner from Harrods. I ran around the Serpentine each day and spent so much time in the Princess Diana Park because my nephews were little then. When we later moved to Wimbledon, I got serious and worked out at the gym daily and walked all around the village. In the end, I was at a very healthy 113 lbs when I got back to the U.S., but within a few years regained what I'd lost. And so goes the struggle....

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BLUEJEAN99 12/28/2012 1:57AM

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TACY123 12/28/2012 1:40AM

    Thanks for the stroll an pictures, I enjoy the walks an stories you share w/us emoticon emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/28/2012 12:50AM

    I didn't realize the food served there would be from Prince Charles' company. I had tea and cucumber sandwiches at Kensington Gardens once; it's where I learned that I love English Breakfast! But um, yeah, those gates are ridiculous. Sounds like a nice walk though! :)

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JAMER123 12/27/2012 11:04PM

    I am not impress with the Queen's Birthday gift either. I enjoyed the walk with you again this evening. Thanks for sharing.
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NEWMOM20121 12/27/2012 10:00PM

    Great walk. Thanks for taking all of us.

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BECKYSFRIEND 12/27/2012 8:23PM

    nice walk

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HEARTS116 12/27/2012 7:42PM

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SJKENT1 12/27/2012 6:59PM

    How fun. The gates look like something out of a fairy tale, when the background music is a bit scary because there is a bad guy lurking near by. Good for you in walking where and when you can.

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LINDAK25 12/27/2012 6:51PM

    Love the park. Now I know what Rotten Row looks like. I didn't know a ditch could be a fountain. As for the gates, well, what do you get for someone who has everything?

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PATRICIAANN46 12/27/2012 6:35PM

  Another fun excursion.......... emoticon

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DIANNEMT 12/27/2012 5:25PM

    Love the photos again!

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CICELY360 12/27/2012 4:46PM

  Nice walk.

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ALIDOSHA 12/27/2012 4:36PM

    You're wonderful indeed! emoticon I liked the "geting wurst and wurst" pun ha-ha-ha emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 12/27/2012 4:12PM

    What a lovely walk and the pics are great. Really enjoy learning all this trivia about London. Thanks for sharing!

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PCASEY7 12/27/2012 3:30PM

    Lovely walk today and it looked like the weather was cooperating!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/27/2012 3:27PM

    As always, love the pics!! emoticon

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/27/2012 3:26PM

    You are better than I will ever be. J just gave up and stayed home when the weather got bad and the gym I hate. Got to change my attitude about the gym or not going to make this weight loss happen.

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1BEACHWALKER 12/27/2012 2:53PM

    What nice walk! I have always been fascinated by the royals! Love all the fountains and artwork! At least they did something in honor of Princess Diana- I never knew they did that! emoticon emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 12/27/2012 2:33PM

    I love your tours, thanks for sharing! May 2013 be awesome for you!

karen

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JOANNHUNT 12/27/2012 2:33PM

    Lovely pictures. Yes those gates were strange. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/27/2012 1:22PM

  I liked the view, but I agree that thing for the Queen is strange. But I guess it will be around for many years beyond her.

Guess what, last night I was watching a show, and wrote it down to tell you. Whereas before I didn't care as much, now I was excited, because I sorta know someone now ( from these areas/ which is like being able to chat with a friend/ or tour guide )

Anyhow, it was called, " The Building of the Great Cathedrals " by Nova. This is a science history type show from PBS ( Public Broadcasting Station ). They showed Gothic style architecture.

They had all sorts of experiments trying to figure out how they built such amazing buildings, without modern inventions. There was alot of math involved. They even used Biblical equations.

They did tell the viewers how they had reinforced several of these places, because they had moved and would eventually collapse. They had some interesting insights into " Amiens ". and also they are trying to build some of their own structures to figure it out.

If his kind of thing is of interest to you, most likely you could see if you could watch it here on TV, or online.

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