My friend had to cancel last minute so Miss Ruby (the Yorkie), Keenan, and I explored the peaceful setting of Holland Park, starting with the magical Kyoto Gardens. Donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto, this picturesque garden had a koi pond, waterfall, and at least half a dozen of peacocks. Nostalgic memories came flooding back of our first international trip to Tokyo some 10 years ago (yikes!). We missJapan a lot and
have been thinking about making a trip next spring to see the cherry blossoms, and pay tribute to Keenan's late host father who passed away two years ago. We shall see.
Holland Park, covering over 22 hectares, is a delight to stroll through, definitely one of London more romantic parks and the
stunning Orangery is a beautiful place to host special events. There's a giant chess set, lovely gardens, sports pitch, and a children's play area. We then headed to Holland Park tube to meet our friends whom we travelled to Iceland with. The northern end of the park is mostly semi-wild woodlands, well with the exception of the YMCA.