Chimneys

East Molesey, England

On the top of Hampton Court Palace there are lots of chimneys.  Back in 1515 each room had to have a fireplace to keep the occupants warm, thus tons of chimneys.  I love the design of these chimneys!

Camera used:  iPhone

Hampton Court

East Molesey, England

I have been to Hampton Court before, I love it’s gardens, but this winter day it was too cold to wander the gardens.  So, this time I went inside and it was very interesting!  Hampton Court is picturesque as it sits along the River Thames and it’s construction began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, one of King Henry VIII’s favorites.  In 1529 when Wolsey fell from favor, King Henry VIII seized the palace for himself and later enlarged it.

Camera used:  iPhone

Grand Stairway

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Honolulu, Hawaii

The Iolani Palace is very impressive with it’s tall ceilings and large rooms. Here is where Hawaiian Royalty lived, the Kings and Queens of the past.

The entryway with it’s grand stairway was a perfect place to put my feet up and relax! And yes, even my flipflops had to be covered! ☺️

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

Iolani Palace

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Honolulu, Hawaii

In all the years that we have come here to Hawaii, we have never gone to the royal palace, so, we decided it was time to go.

It is a beautiful building that shows the grace and charm of the Hawaiian people.

I was amazed that for the 1800’s it was so modern. The Iolani Palace had electric lights before the White House and before Buckingham Palace, to me that is AMAZING! Way out here on the Hawaiian Islands they had electricity that early. The lights turned on for the first time at the Iolani Palace on July 21, 1886, wow! GO HAWAII!

Note: The flag is have mast because of the tragedy in Dallas, Texas last week!

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

Big Ben

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London England

On this beautiful sunny day in London we went for a ride on the Clipper, a type of water taxi.  As we left we had a beautiful view of Big Ben, a nickname for the large bell clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London which the Houses of Parliament occupy.  The tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower, named after Queen Elizabeth.  The tower was completed in 1859.

June 2016

Photos taken with an iPhone 5s

 

Buckingham Palace

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Westminster, London , England

After going to a cute play with our son and his family, we decided to visit a few tourist places around London. As always, there were so many people at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British Monarch, but by getting back a bit with the gardens, it takes on a much calmer look!

June 2016

Photo taken with a Phone 5s

Waiting at Buckingham Palace

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London, England

With so many people here at Buckingham Palace, waiting for the possible chance of seeing the Queen, I thought I would sit and RELAX too, because you never know! As you can see the pigeon got tired of waiting!

June 2016

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

 

Hampton Court Gardens

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East Molesey, England

The gardens at Hampton Court are beautiful!  There were so many flowers for me to take photos of, I could have spent all day!

2016

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s

Relaxing at Hampton Court

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We had a wonderful time at Hampton Court today! As you can see the weather was beautiful and the gardens gorgeous, so I had to sit down and RELAX! What a huge massive palace, where King Henry VIII once lived!

May 2016

Photo taken with a iPhone 5s

Union Jack

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The Union Jack or Union Flag of the United Kingdom flies over Hampton Court Palace.  I love to take photos of flags, it’s always my challenge to get the perfect shot as they wave in the wind.  This time, with all the chimney’s, which there are many, it turned out nice!

May 2016

Photo taken with a Canon 50D

Hampton Court

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East Molesey, England

Chelsea and I were off today to Hampton Court, a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames.  King Henry VIII lived here at one time.  When King William III lived here it took on a massive rebuilding and expansion project and was intended to rival Versailles.  Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural work was so expensive that only half of it was completed.  (I had to throw in Sir Christopher Wren because he is one of my ancestors, my 5th great grandfather I believe.)  It hasn’t been inhabited by royalty since the 18th century.

May 2016

Photo taken with an iPhone 5s