Travel Theme: Parks

Parks are Ailsa’s travel theme this week. Her prompt is to share my favorite park. For me though, this is difficult. I love nature and I’ve been to many parks of all types. Today I want to share a recent discovery. The first time I visited Kensington Gardens, one of the Royal Parks of London, I was disappointed that the Italian Garden was closed. This area consists of fountains and sculptures. My first visit occurred during October so the fountains were not running and there were construction boards blocking my view. A few weeks ago I was wandering through the garden and I came across the Italian Garden. I had completely forgotten about it.  Fortunately, I stumbled upon the area and now I think it might be one of my favorite parts of the park. This will probably change since the entire park has much to offer, but currently this is my fave. Not only are the fountains beautiful, but the view of Long Water is wonderful. If you are in the area, I recommend wandering over to see it.

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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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49 Responses to Travel Theme: Parks

  1. Seasweetie says:

    Sigh. You live in such an amazing place.

  2. Beth Ann says:

    In a word…beautiful.

  3. zelmare says:

    Sooooooo pretty… 🙂

  4. Haven´t been there for years – that was fun!

  5. I’ve never been to Kensington Gardens and had no idea it was like that. Your pictures make me want to see it for myself now – beautiful!

  6. Grace says:

    I love the fountains!

  7. scrapydo says:

    This looks like a real beauty! Wonderful what we can do to make nature show its best

  8. Fergiemoto says:

    Looks like a lovely place! Great photos!

  9. Now that looks like a perfect place to sit and have our pints!! What do you think? 🙂 We would have to camouflage them somehow, but I know we could do it.

  10. Colline says:

    Such beautiful views.

  11. lynnsbooks says:

    Beautiful pictures – what sort of tree is that with the pink blossoms? Anybody?? It’s lovely! I have a park actually right opposite my house – it’s not quite as amazing as the ones in your pics but it is nice to have all the trees and greenery right there on the doorstep.
    Lynn 😀

    • TBM says:

      Oh goodness, I am horrible at naming trees, flowers, birds…so hopefully someone out there can help us. The little park across the street from my flat is wonderful. It has some grass and trees and isn’t large, but I do love seeing the green so I completely understand.

  12. The Hook says:

    As always, gorgeous shots!

  13. Beautiful. I love fountains. And parks.

    • TBM says:

      I have a fascination with water. If there is a river, stream, lake, fountain, pond–anything I want to see it. And if it is in a park, I’m all for it. My loved ones tease me about this all of the time. I wonder if it is because I grew up near water. I always feel like I am home when I’m near water.

  14. T.F.Walsh says:

    I’m a huge fan of themed parks…:)

  15. ailsapm says:

    Ooh, beautiful, TBM, Kensington Gardens is one of my favourite parks in London (right after Primrose Hill) and the Italian Garden is stunning. Really lovely shots of the fountains, they look so refreshing. xxx

  16. Such beautiful colors and scenery! I love parks 🙂

  17. Daniel Bean says:

    Beautiful photos! My brother lived in London for a couple of years. I really really really want to go there some day. Since I’ve been reading Chris Guillebeau’s site on travel hacking, hopefully fairly soon!

    • TBM says:

      It is a wonderful city Daniel…I really hope you do visit. I love seeing all the places where authors lived and such. Very inspiring.

  18. Saisri says:

    Beautiful 🙂

  19. Jo Bryant says:

    Oh wow…thiss is in your neighbourhood. i would never leave it.

  20. Madhu says:

    So beautiful! You are truly fortunate 🙂

  21. No doubt about it – the Gardens are lovely – and I love your fountain shots!

  22. Rosa says:

    absolutely beautiful.
    water always create a lovely ambiance

  23. Valentina says:

    I have good memories in Kensington Gardens. Thanks for bringing them back.

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