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Ariel and I both love being surrounded by nature’s beauty. That is why we always check out parks and gardens whenever we travel. For instance, we love Singapore’s Botanic Gardens. So before we left for our trip, I looked up gardens in London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew or simply Kew Gardens, made our list of must visit places. We decided to make it our last stop before heading home.
Ariel and I had to make the trip by ourselves since my in-laws were working. We took the train to the city, and transfered to the London Underground. Kew Gardens is very far, I think the 2nd to the last station. From the station, we had to walk a few  more blocks to get to the entrance. It gave us a good warm up.

The garden was huge, 121 hectares of landscaped gardens and glasshouses. There was an entrance fee and we also paid to ride the tram to take us to the key attractions. Since the area was too big, we decided to just go to select stops and take our time to enjoy the place.

 Needless to say, this place is a photographer’s haven. We took lots of photos!

One attraction we enjoyed was the Tree Top Walkway. We had to climb up the stairs and get into the steel walkway to enjoy the canopy of trees around the garden.

We ate in the restaurant inside the garden. The food was quite good but pricey. They have a good selection of  healthy food and beverages.

There were some wildlife inside the garden. We saw ducks, swans, geese, and other beautiful birds. There were squirrels, too.

Another favorite section is the Azalea garden. Beautiful, vibrant colors! I’ve never seen azaleas before so it was a rare visual feast. So pretty!

We also went to a glasshouse with a huge pond in the center filled with beautiful lilies.

 There was a small palace in the property.

Another favorite is the glasshouse of desert plants. They are incredibly beautiful.

Finally, it was time to go. We were a bit hungry from all the walking. There were snacks inside the Kew Gardens but they were expensive, and they were all healthy selections. We wanted to indulge. So we just stopped by Starbucks which was near the tube station for some pastries and iced coffee.

This marked the end of our UK trip. We flew back to Manila afternoon of the following day.

Written by Alby Laran

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