Thursday, December 17

Another quick hop across the alps and we're back in England again for a couple of weeks. It's bitterly cold outside, has been snowing on and off and we might even get a white Christmas. We've got a full house, friends from Positano have come to stay too, and inspired by the TV series 'The Tudors' we decide to visit Hampton Court Palace for the day. We even bumped into the King himself as he walked through the Clock courtyard. He invited us to join him for a drink before he prepared himself for his sixth marriage to Katherine Parr, we were given velvet Tudor cloaks to wear and listened, fascinated as the King told us all about his previous wives.
The corridors around the palace were icy cold and draughty, but the windowsills had been decorated for Christmas and the smell of dried oranges and cinnamon wafted enticingly through the walkways. There were red-coated attendants in every room that were incredibly heplful and eager to share their knowledge with us. We had a particularly interesting conversation with one attendant who told us about the various hauntings and paranormal events that people had experienced.
There were various different bedrooms, used for different purposes; some for sleeping in, some for receiving visitors and rituals. Can you imagine waking up here in the morning, having your bed-curtains drawn, and having to be washed and dressed in front of a crowd of invited onlookers?Outside the Palace in winter there is an open-air ice-rink, bordering onto the River Thames. We skated round and round, the Palace lit up in front of us with coloured floodlights, the snow falling all around us and the river glistening nearby. It was beautiful and freezing and oh-so-worth doing!

19 comments:

  1. That was very interesting. The Tudor series is here as well but I have alas not watched it! What is bitterly cold to you? It's -14 Celcius here today brrrrr....

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  2. Thank you for sharing your day with us all. How great that your friends from Pos have come over with you ...I hope you all have a great christmas and a Happy New year ..best wishes Anne

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  3. This sounds fantastic. Have fun!
    dollyna

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  4. Have a wonderful time with your family and friends...!! Merry Christmas to you and your family! xxoo

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  5. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and travels. I just read that England is expected to get 20cm of snow, that is what Annika just had in Sweden! Merry Christmas to all!!!

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  6. We were talking about coming to Pos over the break but when I found out you were going to be in the UK I said...nah...let's go another time :) Hope you have a great holiday break!

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  7. Hampton Court Palace is a fabulous place. Haven't visited there for, oh, nearly 30 years though, I should think. Perhaps now that DH is retired, we'll be able to take a few day trips to these wonderful places again.

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  9. Snap! We arrived on Wednesday to find snow in Surrey!

    I enjoyed todays blog about Hampton Court, another place I am familiar with.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I look forward to continuing to follow you in 2010.

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  10. I have been watching the Tudors, and strangely enough the castle was featured on a Paranormal American show were they went to England and Scotland and Ireland checking out hauntings, That castle was very active at the dead hour 3am.
    It must have looked fairy like with the snow and the castle in the background .
    Merry Christmas to you all and hope Santa brings Lila lots of presents.

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  11. i love the tudors! new season out on dvd finally...looks like fun :) say hi to poppy and luca!

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  12. Hi Figs and Lemons,
    You must come and visit my blog and have a cup of tea what an amazing feast for the eyes yours is !!
    Take care Susanxx renaissancegrace.com

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  13. Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas in jolly olde England-look forward to more posts from Italy in 2010!

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  14. Oh wish I had been their, we are wast season 3 now -love it-hope you guys had a very Merry Christmas

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  15. hi Nicki,
    Hope you had a good holiday season. I go by Hampton court palace quite often, but I've never been in. It's on my to do list.

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  16. I really enjoy going to places that have characters recreating the time ...fills in so many details! My in-laws are coming to visit in a few months ... we're going to London...now may include a visit to Hampton Court.
    TFS!

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