on March 14, 2001
Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It is not a big tourist attraction, and I would not have even gone had I not read the Virginia Wolfe short story of the same name shortly before my trip. You simply go there if you are interested in botanical gardens in general. However, the reason I always visit this site is because it is indescribably calm. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid school groups, which seem to be the only large groups to know it exists. I like to just walk down the paths by myself listening to the birds and smelling the remarkably clean air (for London). I would say that this is one of my favorite places, period. The gardens are broken up into zones by types of plants. There are also several large greenhouses, containing tropical plants. These greenhouses are Victorian, as indicated by the VR on engraved on the benches (Victoria Regina). It is a huge place, and each time I go there, I see something new. I went twice on my last trip because I loved it so much.
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