Thursday, July 09, 2009

Tour Guides - 4 July 2009

With friends visiting from NZ we planned a 'cute villages' tour close to London so that we could get them back to London in good time for them to make their evening appointment.
Milton's CottageJohn & Robyn canalside
At less than 20 miles from central London, Denham is a very attractive village to start such a tour. After a walk around Denham we drove to Chalfont St Giles and visited Milton's Cottage. The entry fee is superb value simply for the narrative from the curator. We enjoyed some great repartee and banter with him as he warmed to his subject in a witty and amusing way, not at all dry and dusty like the many first editions in the display cases. At one point he warned us that we were about to “have our gasts well and truly flabbered.”
English gardens at their bestEnglish gardens at their best
Then it was on through Old Amersham to Wendover; to enjoy 'Elevenses' at the wonderful chocolate cafe and explore the town before setting of for Startop End to show our guests a canal and watch the narrow boats traversing a lock. Canals and locks often come complete with a nearby pub and so it was that we enjoyed our lunch at a canal-side pub before our last stop at Aldbury.
Hyde ParkThe Serpentine
The return trip was via Chesham and Beaconsfield before returning them to their hotel beside Hyde Park, Having noticed the traffic heading out of town on the A40 as we came in we decided to postpone our return journey on the A40 and strolled across Kensington and Hyde Parks, past the crowds enjoying themselves in the Diana Memorial fountain or in boats on the Serpentine.
The SerpentineKensington
Since we typically head out of London on summer weekends we were quite impressed at how busy these London parks were, with hundreds of couples, families and groups out playing, strolling, paddling, sunbathing or just relaxing.

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