Blogmas Day 7 – A Winter Walk in Hampton Court

I’m not a big fan of the winter months. I don’t mind the cold too much, but the lack of daylight hours and sunshine, gets me down a bit. I’m at my most happy spending hours outdoors wearing pretty dresses and enjoying the fresh air. In the winter I usually feel like hibernating and I spend far too much time indoors. In an effort to stop myself getting into a funk, I decided to go out and get some air today. So I headed to Hampton Court, one of the most spectacular palaces in England and home to many of England’s former Kings and Queens.

hampton-court-statueI headed to Hampton Court for several reasons. Firstly I have a membership, so I don’t have to pay every time I visit. Secondly it offers a great mix of, history, heritage and beautiful gardens to walk around and explore. Thirdly my brother works there as a curator, so I get to catch up with him and enjoy a spot of lunch. It was lovely going in the winter, during the week because the palace was quite quiet and I had a lot of the rooms to myself. It was so quiet I could hear the clocks ticking and appreciate the music playing in the background without other people being there.

hampton-court-flower-pot-ladyI headed off, camera in hand and spent a lovely few hours taking in the beautiful architecture and breathing in some much needed fresh air. I feel so much better for it. I thought for todays post, it would be nice to share a few of the pictures I took today. I’ve been so often that I didn’t take any pictures of the exterior of the palace itself, although I’m sure there are some on the blog somewhere if you look hard enough.

Fabulous Ceilings…

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queen-anne-ceiling-hampton-court

hampton-court-rainbow-ceiling

gold-tudor-ceiling-hampton-courtFaces…

bronze-woman-hampton-court

fireplace-statue-hampton-court

tapestries-hampton-court

hampton-court-mantlepiece-woman

george-ii-portrait-hampton-court

hampton-court-henry-portraitStained Glass…

hampton-court-cardinal-wolesley-stained-glass

hampton-court-stained-glass-henry

hampton-court-tudor-windowI hope you like these pictures. I took loads more, but I’ll save them for another day. I’m going to make more effort to take a few hours to myself every now and then, especially if it means visiting beautiful places. What do you do when you need a break?

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1 Comment

  1. Fay December 11, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    When I need a break I put my trainers on, get my camera, grab a takeaway coffee and walk where I used to walk my dog. It’s peaceful and just such a nice place to take pictures and think. Even better when I have a sandwich or two to just sit and chill. If the weather isn’t too bad I will take a book but in weather like this I am either wrapped up at home with my book and a candle or in the corner of a coffee shop somewhere!

    Hampton Court is such a beautiful place to be when you want some peace and quiet – we need an afternoon tea there soon! We could make it ourselves – a spot of tea on the lawn lol! xx

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