Now, it was time to hit the subway. I wanted to relive some old memories from 1977, and Kensington Gardens would be a long walk. I took "the Tube" to the stop nearest my destination. In 1977, the tour I was with stayed at a hotel called "Inverness Court." It was still there, and I wanted to see it again. Here it is, and for comparison, the same hotel in a photo I took all those years ago.
Next, I crossed the street into Kensington Gardens, just as I did back then. Here are my new pictures of this beautiful place, along with one photo I took here 28 years ago. Beginning with the fifth picture, they were taken on the grounds of Kensington Palace, which was the home of Princess Diana.
Now, back to the main part of the Gardens.
Now, the delightful "Sunken Garden." This area is on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
A view of the gardens - May, 2005, and taken from a similar angle in 1977.
And the bandstand, May, 2005 and in 1977
And in 2007
Here are newer photos I took in Kensington Gardens and my first photos of Kensington Palace, where Princess Diana lived. I hadn't seen the structure up close since 1977. Now, the front gates and fence are covered with tributes to the late princess, placed there by admirers. Also, here are the flowers in the sunken garden during different seasons of the year.
at a different time: