again up early to catch the train,
although I had hopped the weather would improve over the hour or so it took us to get there it was still overcast, but at least it was not raining!
and here we were at the main gate of Hampton Court,
we had to take another picture or two we have seen the palace so often on The Tudors DVD's,
facade a famous Roman figure was placed there, I wonder if that was in Cardinal Wolsey's original design or a 'add-on' at a later stage?
they look quite light when the flash goes off, but in reality they are quite dark, I jokingly mention that there was the ghost of Anne Boleyn and Diana was out of it quicker than a guided missile! even though I pointed out that Anne was not murdered here but at the Tower Of London on false and trumped up charges she would not go into another small cellar again!
the good news was that there were no restrictions on taking phonographs, but the use of tripods was banned in case some one fell over one,
and of course every room had to have an enormous fire place to keep the inhabitants warm,
this is one is placed well away from the window, so I guess it is very sensitive to direct sunlight,
it must have been so easy to get lost in a palace like this, so many corridors and secret rooms,
in the spirit of Christmas ornaments for your Christmas tree are already now on sale, Christmas's seem to come round so quickly now days or is time passing faster as I get older?
the main quadrangle with fountain in the middle,
we were told it was OK to take pictures, but it appears there are a few rooms where you can not,
how do you know? you do not unless you buy the guide book where it says you can not, I still think a sign would work better, especially if like us you did not buy the guide!
and a very special clock it was too,
up the steps we go,
with Henry himself in this one, there is not much more to see in this part of his rooms other than the great hall,
by now we were both more than a little hungry with all of that walking, so off to The Prince Of Wales public house,
this time to meet up with Mahendra, Sunda, and Depak with their wives for a meal at Nouville Douti near Thornton Heath,