Celebration at Sea – Day 4 – Hampton Court

May 3, 2015  My new home…

Hampton Court.  Remember I said that I am huge royal history fan?  Well, the court of Henry VIII is a historian’s dream!  Today, we visited his most famous residence and had a spectacular day!

Hampton Court is multiple palaces in one – the original (a grand home originally built by Cardinal  Woolsey in celebration and a showcase of the wealth gained by his favor with the Tudor court) is a gorgeous example of 15th century architecture!

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The “newer” portions of the palace, added on throughout the 17th & 18th centuries, showcase the emerging style of the times with echos of Versailles.

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We had WAY too much fun at Hampton Court – we explored the whole palace and the expansive grounds including the hedge maze.  I cannot wait to go back!

Here is a photo diary of our day!

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Silly Kids

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Playing the Part…Charlotte and Kelton getting into character!

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My beauty in the hedge maze.

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Hampton Court has gorgeous grounds!

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So many beautiful gardens.

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Kelton and baby cousin, Sophia. Babies LOVE Kelton!!

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Char pretending to be tipsy at the wine fountain. This fountain actually works at 4pm daily – the adults partook!

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Char encountering another 16th century figure – we think the statue was depicting one who may be getting ready to void all his wine, but Char thought he looked like he wanted a kiss- Never a dull moment with this girl!

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Pretty as a picture!

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Can you even imagine how OLD this whisteria must be?

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