Hampton Court

Dear Reader,

This is Hampton Court Palace, a palace fit for a king, someone once said… With its unique red-brick style, Hampton Court was once the envy of most sovereigns in Europe, especially France and its rival palace of Versailles.

Originally built in 1514 for Cardinal Wolsey, his failure to secure an annulment for Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon led the Cardinal and royal chancellor to cede this residence to his king.

Here are some curious things to know about this royal palace:

1- You can pray where Henry VIII for his Chapel Royal is still there and intact.

2- the kings’tennis court is still there and functioning as an actual sports club for tennis and squash.

3- It’s haunted. England is full of ghosts stories and Hampton Court is not exempted. There are whispers of strange chills and ghostly sightings. Someone even told me to have witnessed a beheaded woman wondering in the halls…

4- Hampton Court has the largest surviving 16th century kitchens in the world. 200 cooks worked slavishly from sunrise to sunset to feed 800 guests (sometimes even more) when Henry’s entourage was staying at the palace.

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Stanito at Madame Tussaud’s in London

Dear Reader,

In spite of being highly touristic, the Madame Tussaud Museum in London was one of the most fun I’ve seen in the UK. Many wax celebrities are strikingly similar, like … Tom Cruise Stanito_Tom_Cruise_Madame_Tussaud_London_UK Britney Spears Stanito_Britney_Spears_Madame_Tussaud_London_UK Whoopi Goldberg Stanito_Whoopy_Goldberg_Madame_Tussaud_London_UK Some others fail to give a realistic look and end up having a fake waxy look like… Brangelina

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt looked too fake and shiny. Stanito ergo didn’t bother to take a photo with them

However, wax or not, I couldn’t help but enjoy few moments as they were real. Below are two of my favourites: my kiss with George Clooney Stanito_George_Clooney_Madame_Tussaud_London_UK And fun time with Jim Carrey Stanito_Jim_Carrey_Madame_Tussaud_London_UK A girl is always allowed to dream 🙂