A VERY long weekend … Eltham Palace spring gardens

A girls’ weekend in Paris that turned into a 7 week holiday.

Last week I told you how completely entranced I was by the beautiful art deco interior of Eltham Palace.

This week, it is the spring gardens.

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A VERY long weekend … a beautiful surprise

A girls’ weekend in Paris that turned into a 7 week holiday.

Eltham Palace was recommended to me for the beautiful spring gardens, particularly the tulips, but it was the elaborate, art deco interior that stole my heart.

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A VERY long weekend … changes

A girls’ weekend in Paris that turned into a 7 week holiday.

A slower pace today, which was nice. Not necessarily relaxing but not action packed.

At Wellington Arch I used my English Heritage pass to get free entry and head to the top for a different view of the the Guard as they processed to Buckingham Palace for the changing thereof.

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A VERY long weekend … Happy Birthday to me

A girls’ weekend in Paris that turned into a 7 week holiday.

We don’t “do” birthdays at our place, but that didn’t stop everyone conspiring to “do” it for me.

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A VERY long weekend … something mad and something sad

A girls’ weekend in Paris that turned into a 7 week holiday.

I woke up this morning with no plans. In my emails was a Bloomsbury walk leaving from Russell Square Tube Station – one of my local stations. I nabbed the last ticket and headed off to meet the group.

Peter is a knowledgeable and entertaining guide with behind the scenes stories to tell. I love this style of walk which takes you to places you’d never usually go and points out things you’d usually just walk past without noticing.

All these places were easy walking distance from my accommodation and I went back to several of them later in my stay.

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A VERY long weekend … Monumental

A girls’ weekend in Paris that turned into a 7 week holiday.

In 2007, I turned up to ascend The Monument to the Great Fire of London on the very day it closed for an 18-month makeover.

3 trips and 12 years later, I finally made it to the top. And I felt every one of the 311 steps.

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A VERY long weekend … lights, camera, action

A girls’ weekend in Paris that turned into a 7 week holiday.

What an absolute gem. The Cinema Museum was yet another London treasure that I hadn’t heard of.

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