Friday, September 25, 2009

Victoria Park

So I've been to quite a few parks here in London thus far and I can now check Victoria Park off of my list. Sadly, it was the least impressive out of all the parks I've seen as there wasn't really anything that caught my eye and made me stand there in awe. The English Garden was tiny and mostly dug up while the rest of the park was just grass and trees. Regent's Park is definitely my favorite so far.

After having my fill of the park, I walked back to the Underground via the Canal and got some pretty cool pictures and I thought that was more interesting than the park. Some of the graffiti was interesting and the writing on the white barriers I encountered at the end made me stop and smile. I LOVE finding little random things like that. "Little by little.. "

Thursday, September 24, 2009

High Tea

Went to the Orangery at Kensington Palace for High Tea with a few people from class and we had a great time! It sounds super fancy, but really, it was just like going to a restaurant and ordering food. I expected things to be brought out in crystal and to see Victorian dresses and super stuffy English women with monocles and that was most certainly not the case. The sounds were interesting, though, as it consisted of English chatter and lots of china and dishes and things clinking together.

We ordered tea (I had cinnamon and I needed to put like 6 freaking sugar cubes in it to make it delicious.. damned sweet tooth will be the death of me via diabetes, I swear), sandwiches and desserts. The sandwiches were little triangles with the crust cut off and were fairly tasty and light and the desserts for the most part were delicious. Scones and little cakey and tarty things. Very good stuff, indeed.

London's filled with a lot of parks and Kensington Park is one of the many. The gardens behind the palace were quite beautiful and very English indeed. Also, right outside of the Orangery, there were these really tall bushes that reminded me of the background of Mario Brothers, which is cool. My sister said that everything looks like it's straight out of Alice in Wonderland and yanno what!? It does! No walking cards or rabbits with stopwatches, though, but I'm definitely keeping an eye out..

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Highgate Cemetery

This cemetery is insane.. I've never seen such a densely packed graveyard. Graves were literally falling apart and were placed on top of each other.

It seems really old, but a lot of the dates on the headstones I saw were within the last century or so, but then again, I wasn't reading all of them and a lot were faded out. There were creepy but quaint little paths leading off of the main roads that led you through thick areas of plants and headstones which I thought was quite interesting because it felt like I was discovering all these crazy areas as they'd open up into each other. It's pretty small, too, but I only saw the East End of it.

Friday, September 18, 2009

More Regent's Park

Holland Park

Lots o' London

Random shots from around London.. the Imperial War Museum was AMAZING.. I literally spent almost SIX HOURS there and forewent food and water.. incredible.