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Fresh Air

London, , United Kingdom
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A blissful escape from the city. London isn't necessarily a city one would want to escape from but having been here for work for 4 months, and working tiring hours, a change of scenery sounded nice. Kew Gardens is the perfect mini escape, as it's a quick tube ride from the city. Once you're ensconced in the greenery, flowers, fresh air, sun, and wildlife it feels like you've escaped the hustle and bustle without having to commit to a full day trip. For a relaxing Sunday I ran some errands and headed over to the South Kensington tube station to hop on the district line out to Kew. Pro tip: grab a sandwich or some snacks on your way over for a proper picnic. Alight at the Kew Gardens station (could they make it any easier) and follow the signs for a 5 minute walk to the Victoria Gate of the gardens. You'll pass a cute street with some shops and cafes and maybe even a stall with someone selling fresh bread and pastries. Perfect for the last minute picnic items. Oh, can't forget the ice cream truck parked across from the entrance to the gardens. Buy your ticket at the entrance if you haven't already, grab your map and enjoy. There is a cafe and gift shop by the entrance and other places to eat throughout the gardens if picnics aren't your thing. Somewhere between the Princess of Wales conservatory and the lake I came upon a family whose picnic had been crashed by an adorable fox. Maybe not so adorable for them. I took out my camera, started at the famous palm house, and wandered from there. It was lovely to get lost in the fresh air and beauty of the gardens. Look at the map, choose your own path, and enjoy the day. I came across a couple peacocks, a gin and tonic bar, and stopped at a bench on the lake to enjoy the sandwich I had stowed in my purse for lunch (Paul always has great sandwiches for picnics). In conclusion, Kew Gardens is a beautiful place to relax and explore on a sunny sunday, not just for old people (I mentioned my trip at work the next day and the response was "Kew Gardens? That's for old people."
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by pq_cohen

09-02-2014

great story - great pix!