On a gray and rainy day we left the city, hopped on The Tube
and headed for one of London's best-loved green spaces.
When we came up from The Underground this is what we saw.
A quaint little village.
Hampstead Heath is the home to several British celebrities.
Elton John has a home here.
Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin raise their children here.
Coryn, the professional photographer, found many locations for her artistry.
And you just can't pass up the classic phone booth.
The hike up to the Heath about did me in.
All uphill on cobblestone pathways.
But there were many reprieves of beauty to stop and take in.
When we finally arrived at our destination it was well worth the blisters.
These are the grounds of Kenwood Estate.
I love trees and pathways and they were a plenty.
One of my own favorite artistic shots from the trip.
That's Coryn posing for me.
Seriously, isn't this so 'Secret Garden?'
Kenwood House dates from the early 17th century.
Coryn toured the inside when she was on Study Abroad.
Unfortunately, it was under renovation while we were there
and not opened to the public.
You may recognize this famous tree from various films it has starred in.
Here is a shot on a sunny day so you can see the whole scope of the grand place.
It was a filming location for this 1999 version of Jane Austen's 'Mansfield Park.'
And it plays a prominent role in a scene towards the end of this film.
The grounds are gorgeous.
Court discovered some interesting wild mushrooms on a path.
Such a peaceful place.
And very few visitors on the day we were there.
We practically had the place to ourselves.
So nice after the rush and bustle of London Town.
We headed down hill back to the village
and enjoyed looking at all the nooks and crannies.
Many old churches.
And always a pub on every block.
If you look closely to the left you will see the place that saved our hungry stomachs.
And this lovely pink spot is the famous French patisserie, Maison Blanc.
Oo la la!
And before heading back we checked up on one of my husband's business ventures:)
(Yes...he is a William the 4th.)
Hampstead Heath was a wonderful breath of fresh air.