Hyde Park - A Royal Park (Part 1): How beautiful

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Hyde Park - A Royal Park (Part 1)

By NEILMUIR1
April 12, 2011

Hyde Park is the largest green space in central London at just over 350 acres. It is now famous for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, and other things associated with Princess Diana. However its history is immense as it is known to go back before the Norman invasion in 1066. King Henry VIII then got the land off the canons of Westminster Abbey in 1536 and kept it as a deer park and hunting ground for himself. King Charles I in 1637 finally opened it to the public. It also hosted the Great Exhibition in 1851 in the infamous Crystal Palace. This was then moved to Sydenham Hill in southeast London; and the area became known as Crystal Palace. The Crystal Palace burnt down on November 30th, 1936 Please come with me on a walk around one of London's Great Royal Parks.

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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Happy_1
Apr 13, 2011 6:09 AM CST
This is quite a stroll, Neil. The colors are just magnificent. It is surely amazing that so many things there are centuries old. It just boggles the mind. Thanks for the trip.


Hugs,

Nancy
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 13, 2011 6:23 AM CST
Dear Nancy, I am glad you enjoyed it! I came back as the total trip is 725 acres as brown as a bear. The sun caught me, as it was 88F in the Park. Luckily I do not burn, I fry at the edges. Rolling on the floor laughing
Sarah has been mercilessly taking the mickey out of me, saying I look half Asian and half English, the cheeky cow!
I do hope you are going to join me in Part 2 when I go into Kensington Gardens.
Fancy a dip in the Italian Fountains?
Super Hugs
Neil.
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Apr 13, 2011 12:09 PM CST
As Remembered, the Italians don't wear suits. right? Certainly will cut down on packing.

OOXX

Nancy Hurray!
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 13, 2011 12:22 PM CST
Dear Nancy, when I was there two things happened. Firstly the Police Divers pulled a mans body from the serpentine. This is nothing unusual as thou should not go swimming whilst drunk in cold water!
Then this attractive young lady did the ultimate no-no in a Royal Park, as she decided to sunbathe topless! That is a definite fine and removal from the Park, although I was a Gentleman and did not take a picture of her. Unlike a lot of other people, who seemed to be taking a lot of pictures of the said event!
If one wishes to go swimming Commando style, then at least do it in the dark!
Love.
Neil.
Name: Connie
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Petalpants
Apr 14, 2011 9:42 AM CST
Ha ha! I thought most people knew to only go Skinny-Dipping in the dark, with no full moon, too! ... well, that's the way you do around here at the beach anyway... drive way down, and just hope no one drives down the beach with their headlights on bright! Rolling on the floor laughing
Neil, loved your article!... I just strolled through the garden pictures slowly, enjoying all the bright Spring flowers, trees in bloom or new fancy leaves, pretty blue water with beautiful ducks & swans, and the statues and history behind things--- I thoroughly enjoyed myself from your tour of the first half, and I'm not even exhausted from walking--- imagine that! Whistling
I'll be waiting for your second article on this beautiful Park! Thanks so much for your time! Hurray! Group hug
Connie
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Apr 14, 2011 10:05 AM CST
Dear Connie, my legs were worn out got a spare pair? I am glad you enjoyed it though, quite pretty though or I think it is!
When you go skinny dipping it is probably warm, when they do it on January the first it is freezing! The Army made us do a cross country run and then jump naked into an ice bound lake, boy was that cold!
See you in Part 2.
Love.
Neil.

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