Hampton Court Palace

01 July, 2013

After the IWA Festival we headed south to Brentford and onto the Thames. We moored at Kingston upon Thames and collected Alan who we found out during his stay was on his 35th hotel boat cruise.

We visited the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and saw the oldest vine dated back to 1768.  The gardens were magnificently colourful and the yew trees were expertly shaped.

We decided not to participate in the maze due to lack of self confidence. Maybe next time!!!!

Hampton Court Palace entrance Gardens at Hampton Court Palace  Colourful borders at Hampton Court PalaceOpen area at Hampton CourtHampton Court Palace and Gardens

We even watched some Real Tennis on the Royal Tennis Court.  This has been enjoyed since the days of Henry VIII and we noted that Prince Edward Duke of Wessex still plays here.

We also visited Runnymede where we saw the John F Kennedy memorial and the Magna Carta Temple commemorating the sealing in 1215.

Magna Carta Memorial

Windsor Marina where we collected 2 ladies, 1 of whom is 97 years young. A remarkable lady with her daughter. From Windsor to Oxford with our 2 ladies we have been blessed with some magnificent sunny days with just the one downpour one afternoon.

Our guests enjoyed some time on dry land in Henley, Goring, Wallingford and Abingdon before we took them home to Oxford.

Happy Birthday to Penny this weekend.

Bonnie loves having people on board as she is always getting fussed.

We are now having a few days break before the fun starts again.

Hotel Boat Kailani
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