Today started with a trip to Portobello Market (read here), and after the crowds began to form Gaby and I decided to walk through Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park before heading off to the Natural History Museum. The weather was wonderful today, sunny and perfect for photos of and at the park!
We entered Kensington Gardens first, and stopped by the lake to take pictures of the birds. I was really amused at the actions of some of the ducks, and their waddling reminded me of the geese in the movie The Aristocats, so I found myself humming along to their ‘waddle walk’ theme song while taking pictures!
The walk through the gardens led us to the Speke Obelisk, a memorial dedicated to “the first European to discover the Lake Victoria”. It was a bit difficult photographing the obelisk because the sun kept hiding behind clouds at the worst moments, but I think I managed in the end!
One of my favorite parts of the gardens was the Italian Gardens, a romantic gift from Prince Albert to “his beloved Queen Victoria”. I loved the fountains, and finding the ‘secret’ V&A emblems carved into the stonework was particularly fun!
Gaby and I also managed to visit the Peter Pan monument, which got me really excited since I will be seeing a Peter Pan theatrical adaptation for class sometime in February/March! By the time we reached the Peter Pan statue though, we were already starting to slow down so we decided to just peek into Hyde Park and walk through the rest of it another day.
At the end of the gardens we saw a pair of swans by the edge of the lake, being fed pieces of bread by a couple of kids and their nanny. I had to get really close to take the photo since I was using a fixed lens, and I am so happy the swans didn’t try and bite the camera!
Entering Hyde Park was a bit of an experience, since the birds just refused to leave my camera alone! The first thing we saw was the Memorial Fountain for Diana, Princess of Wales. I was expecting a fountain, but instead it was a circular river-like structure with steps that caused a mini-waterfall.
I did see another swan (or one of the swan pair) swimming alone towards the edge of the river, so I decided to take a couple more pictures (because why not?).
The Park also contained the Serpentine Gallery, which unfortunately forbid photos from being taken. I did take a photo of the ‘Rock on Top of Another Rock’ exhibit outside though!
After leaving the garden/park, we stopped by Albertopolis to take photos of the structure and the ‘Four Corners of the World’. My personal favorite is the continent of Asia – the elephant looks adorable, and I’m definitely not being biased when I say that!
Then, after taking a photo of the Royal Albert Hall, Gaby and I set off for our third and final stop of the day: the Natural History Museum! Of course, this was not inclusive of the several stops along the way, due to people asking for their photos to be taken!