Monday, September 23, 2013

Autumn in Holland Park

London is full of pretty parks, among them is Holland Park located in the fashionable and well-heeled Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London. As we have been petsitting my friend's adorable, if not quirky, Yorkshire Terrier, I organised a doggie playdate with another friend and her sweet Haile (her mongral i.e. mutt in British English) in Holland Park. 

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 miss 
 Japan 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. 

​Highly recommend a stroll through Holland Park. Ruby concurs. ​

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