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Queen Anne's Alcove

Yesterday was the first day it was light enough for me to go running after work again.
So I made my round through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, along the Palace and the Serpentine and  up to my favourite building in the park:

Queen Anne’s Alcove.

The proportions are truly lovely, it is classical yet elegant.
And with the high wooden paneling it almost becomes like a comfy chair. It is nearly impossible not to resist sitting down in its arch, take up your book and lean back.

Crowded gardens...

In its present location it suffers a bit from its surroundings, while also benefitting…
Firstly it is stuck behind a large Victorian confection (pump house for the Italian Fountain Garden) and then there is an enormous high rise office block that looms over it behind it.
Quite a pity for such a pretty and elegant design of 1705 by Christopher Wren… Originally this building was located to the south of Kensington Palace. With the present plans to change the entrance to the Palace they might consider putting it back… But then again, it would lose its marvelous views.

The view...

On weekend runs I always have a little break and sit down to listen to the water and look at the people milling round the fountains. There are children who are trying to pet the Swans (while the parents are not aware of the danger and smilingly take pictures) and I saved a Labrador once from the handsomely shaped deep ponds. Only when I dragged him out by the collar, did I find out he had only 3 legs…

Anyway I digress… I am wondering if the States will have an equivalent elegant surrounding to run and relax in. Everywhere in London there are little sites, buildings, arches and funny architecture to entertain and surprise you.  They date back from Tudor times, the elegant Regency or over the top Victoriana. (There you go Albert!) It is all these things that makes London such an inspiring place to be.

My original home town of Amsterdam also had a similar scenery, even if we called the eras differently and made everything out of bricks…

I wonder what awaits me in the States…

Same proportions...

So far I have seen very green and pretty areas of Cambridge and Boston. Including the impressive Mount Auburn Cemetery.

But what about the living and daily life?
I bet you wont see many children playing around here…

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Household Cavalry

After an early morning running in Hyde Park,  I think I will really miss seeing the cavalry excercise in the mornings…

It is always a majestic sight to see a large clump of horses trotting towards you. Rain or shine.

Makes me stand up straight and run faster indeed. 🙂

Brattle Street

At least it will be nice and green around Brattle Street and Bellevue Avenue…

Still I will miss the thundering hooves…

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