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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.
Apr 12, 2011 3:24 PM CST
|Thank you Neil for this beautiful spring walk in Hyde Park. As you know Iast October I had the opportunity to take an autumn walk there and I was stunned by the symphony of color. I saw the statue of Isis the Egyptian God of motherhood, which is such a beautiful work of art, but then I did not have a clue what it was except that it resembled a bird. I also really love the Princess Diana Memorial which is a unique ring of water like a string of pearls.|
Like Nancy I was in London´s Hyde Park in 1966. I think the London Parks have changed for the better during the almost half a century since then.
Thanks again, and I´m waiting for part II.
Apr 12, 2011 4:12 PM CST
|Dear Magga, it is a pleasure! It does take some time to do an article like that as it is a long walk with a lot of equipment! Especially as Part 2 has Kensington Gardens in, a bit of Green park and some more about the Constitution Arch. Kensington Gardens is 275 acres alone!|
Your Acer is confirmed as 'Bloodgood'.
Love from Peter Pan.
Apr 12, 2011 6:24 PM CST
|Super article, Neil!!|
Apr 12, 2011 6:31 PM CST
|Dear Hetty, thank you for your comments! I do hope you will join me in Part 2, when I go into Kensington Gardens, then back through the south side of the serpentine and a few other places.|
I love the Italian Fountains so here are some for you!
Regards from England.