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“Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high” William Goldman,

This blog doesn’t have a theme because it has to reflect who I am, but the other day I was in the library and, glancing to the guides of London, I noticed that they shows all the same things so I thought it might be a good idea talk about my LDN.

Instead of the usual Hyde, St. James or Regent’s parks, I like very much going to Holland Park which is located in the district of Kensington and Chelsea and then frequented by baby and dog sitters, sportive people, elderly people quietly walking, intellectuals who enjoy a good book and not many rude tourists despite the presence of a youth hostel.

No coincidence that Holland Park was a favorite retreat from writers and intellectuals of the nineteenth century as Lord Byron, Charles Dickens and Walter Scott and I assure you that especially on sunny days, it’s a place not to be missed (even very romantic, but this is another story, let’s stick to the tourist information).

It can be easily reached with the Central line, until August 2016 the station Holland Park will be closed, so I suggest you get off at Notting Hill Gate and not at Shepherd’s Bush (unless you are on the circle line or you use the Overground ) because the road is downhill. Follow Holland Park Avenue and then turn to Holland Park to find one of the entrances (I generally go in from Abbotsbury Rd. where the Greek embassy is because I stop to rest at the Solar Terrace and to share my gluten free food with squirrels that are very cheeky here.

And then I love walking aimlessly: there’s a beautiful orangery, a giant chessboard, sports fields, one of the best children’s play areas in London and my favorite spot: the Kyoto gardens which in addition to being aesthetically pleasing, it should be a zen area where to stop and meditate. I said should, because not all visitors read and adhere to the sign at the entrance of the Japanese garden and it is hard to remain unperturbed by the giant peacocks that are around (and hungry squirrels who even chewed the shoes of a friend of mine).

The place is beautiful, with the right company, more. Inside there are a café and a restaurant but I haven’t tried them: as an intolerant suspicious person I had stocked up on gluten free food at the M & S which is located down the street and still very close to the park there is a Nando’s which is not certified for allergies, but where are very careful and where I ate often without ever being sick.

 

TRACK OF THE DAY: Kyoto song- The Cure

 

 

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