View from the London Eye

View from the London Eye
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Princess Diana's Memorial Parks

Today was spent exploring Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and Princess Diana's Memorials within.  We first visited the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.  We were allowed in for a half an hour, then only people accompanying a child are invited inside this magical place.  The playground was inspired by Peter Pan and was built so that children of all ability levels can have a place to play together.

Tepee Area
Pirate Ship
Tree House Hideouts
After we left the playground our class spent most of our time in Kensington Gardens walking around enjoying the park or sitting in the grass and watching the ducks and geese. 

Sitting in the shade around the Fountain
As we walked through the Gardens and into Hyde Park we made our way to a second memorial for Princess Diana, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.  This is a beautiful memorial, and just like the playground is meant to be enjoyed by all.  Children are encouraged to jump and play in the water and anyone is welcome to cool their feet in the waters of the fountain after a long walk around the park, which is exactly what we did.

Cooling off some weary feet in the Fountain
These memorials were opened to honor Princess Diana and since their opening have been visited by thousands of people, young and old!

Our final stop in Kensington Gardens was High Tea at Kensington Palace.  Kensington Palace was where Queen Victoria was born and where Princess Diana lived after her wedding to Prince Charles in July of 1981. The Palace is now open for visitors, who can also take High Tea at the Orangery next to the Palace.  This is the second time I have had High Tea while in London.  I continue to love this tradition and plan on holding quite a few tea parties upon my arrival back in the states!

High Tea...Pinky Out!

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