Tuesday, June 12, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 4:, Part 1 : Hampton Court Palace!

Welcome to Hampton Court Palace!
Hampton Court Palace is about 40 miles southwest of London, so we took a commuter train to get there. It was much like taking a commuter train out of a city like Baltimore and into the suburbs. We were excited to go here, because it was a Palace where Henry VIII lived, and Tom is a huge fan of Tudor history. Not only was there lots of great Tudor history there for Tom, but there lots of ghosts there to keep Rob occupied - from ones that ran screaming through him to sharing sword injuries. We'll get to those in the next several days, however.
Tom and Rob about to report on the animal statues outside
 - For today, its an introduction to the Palace. Hampton Court Palace is a story of two palaces: a Tudor palace, magnificently developed by Cardinal Wolsey and later Henry VIII, alongside a baroque palace built by William III and Mary II.
  Of course, we were interested mostly in Henry VIII, and learned that he spent more than £62,000 (pounds) rebuilding and extending Hampton Court over 10 years. This equals approximately £18 million today. Which would be around 32 million dollars (U.S.)!

Lots of animal statues outside the entrance

One of Rob's favorite signs

Tom at a gate used by Henry VIII- as it appeared in the 1500s

Tom in the Inner Courtyard - Base Court

VIDEOS - Here are the first couple of short videos as we approached the palace and investigated it!

Visit the official Hampton Court Palace website to learn more about the palace, its history, opening hours, the events that take place there and much more. http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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