Thursday, November 24, 2005

Kew!

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm here at my sister-in-law's in Wilmington, NC. I've set up their wireless network and have finally found time to blog from their living room.

When we were in England a couple of weeks ago...well, I guess it was about a week and a half ago that we spent time in London. We stayed at the Hilton London Metropole, where we stayed last time, and went to the Kew Botanic Gardens, another World Heritage Site.



The gardens are the oldest and some of the largest botanical gardens in the world. We took a 40-minute tram tour to get an overview.



The Gardens are currently hosting an installation by Dale Chihuly of blown glass art. We liked the way they blended with the gardens.



They had a lot of interesting very old plants. The British, after all, went all over the world a couple hundred years ago and grabbed stuff that interested them. The gardens are an interesting imperial legacy -- though these days, much more devoted to conservation.
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