Kew Gardens…

12 Feb

On our last day in London, we swapped hotels to stay at the Hilton right by Heathrow Airport.  We had an early flight out, so we figured this way we wouldn’t have to worry about the tube or transport to the airport.  We wandered around Hyde Park once more in the morning taking in the sites, and then we took the tub mid afternoon (For the record, loved the Jubilee line, it just always sounded so happy!) to our new hotel.  We were given a room right away as soon as we arrived, so we dropped our luggage and then decided to go to Kew Gardens.

Our last day of vacation, we never plan anything.  It is used as a catch-up day in case we missed something we really want to see.  On this trip, we managed to get everything done so it was on the list of ‘maybes’ and I am very glad we had the chance to go!

Kew Gardens!

Kew Gardens!

It is a beautiful botanical gardens that is slightly outside of London.  We definitely agreed we might want to spend a whole day there next time we go to London. We got there mid afternoon and only had a few hours before we had to leave.  So we went through it rather quickly, not stopping to enjoy, but instead taking in as much as we could!

It was gorgeous scenery which caused me to set up the camera for a few self shots.

This is probably my favorite!

This is probably my favorite!

My poor husband didn’t complain once to all the photos I took of him during vacation. He just lined up, let me set the timer and then let me run to go join him.  It was gorgeous seeing all the fall weather, the changing leaves, and just a touch of not what we normally see in Florida.

It had a little cafe where we got lunch and a huge gift shop. I wish we would have had more room in our luggage to bring more home, but at that point we were already packed and I knew mostly out of room.  However, it was definitely a great last day and just amazing to see all the greenhouses and architecture – definitely different from the Museums and historical buildings we were visiting all the other days of our trip.

a Japanese pagoda!

a Japanese pagoda!

I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to do something a bit outside of London – and it was included in our London Pass!  It was just on the outskirts of a cute neighborhood a few blocks from the tube station, so easy to get to even if it is not in the heart of London.

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2 Responses to “Kew Gardens…”

  1. Hope at Disneyland February 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    How pretty! Looks the perfect place to stop for tea too (assuming you could bring in food or that they had a tea house on property). So you commuted via public transport and used the London Pass to get into places already pre-paid, right? Sounds like a good deal. Also, the picture of you and your hubby reminded me of the place the Beatles shot their video for “Rain”.

    • faithtrustnpixiedust February 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

      Yep! London Pass included all of our travel for public tub, bus, boat, and over ground train and the entrance to most everything we did. It was only a few hundred so a great way to save money. And thanks! That’s one of my favorite photos from the trip.

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