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04:33 pm - Wednesday wish-place: London parks
Today is an exhausting Wednesday, so let's think about wish-places.

I'm thinking of urban parks. In fact, I'm thinking of London parks. In further fact, I'm thinking of Hyde Park. (St James Park is my favorite, but I'm working with what I've found.)

I love the green heart of Hyde Park and Kensington Garden, the Italian garden and the Serpentine and the walk along what was Rotten Row, the rise of Mayfair stone to the east and Belgravia to the south, Marble Arch up in the northeast corner. I have retreated there in summer, when the Tube is unbearable and the city dirt everywhere else but in the green shaded places; I have walked there in winter, with the funfair spinning away in the near distance and the rose garden is bare.

But one of the times I do love Hyde Park best is in autumn, with fallen leaves and fog. It is happily melancholy and mysterious and homely, all at the same time.

When I was looking for photos, I found this 1951 photo of the Serpentine and its watchers. I would like to be there, too.

What parks do you love? Or do you love a different kind of natural place?

May your day be happy, maybe with open spaces and new discoveries. :)

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From:chase820
Date:December 4th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Oak Alley. This is my happy place. Yes, I know it's a former plantation, but that's not the trees' fault:

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From:laurawise
Date:December 4th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
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I do love a nice tree-tunnel, and that one is spectacular. Thanks for sharing, Chase!
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From:chase820
Date:December 5th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
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The pictures don't even do it 10% justice. The reality of it will absolutely blow your mind. It did mine, anyway.
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:December 4th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm very fond of Pease Park in Austin. It's not the prettiest park, but it has lots of sentimental significance for me. Reminds me of my hippie past and all that :)

I have a photo but am not smart enough to know how to put a photo into a comment.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 4th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Sentimental associations are the best. :)

Thanks, Cronopio!
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From:janus_74
Date:December 4th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
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I like Regents Park, both in the summer and fall. Haven't been any other time, but would sure like to.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 4th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Oddly enough, I haven't explored much of Regents Park. Next time!

Cheers and thanks, T!
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From:paratti
Date:December 4th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
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You just named my faves. The leaves are like a gold-red-brown carpet in them at the moment. Lovely. Also, crunchy.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:December 4th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Next time you have a chance (and the weather permits it), walk through the park and crunch some leaves for me. :)

Thanks, L, and hugs!
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From:paratti
Date:December 4th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Will do:)
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From:paratti
Date:December 6th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
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Done today:)
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From:laurawise
Date:December 6th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah hurrah! :)
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From:gwynnega
Date:December 4th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
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What a lovely photo!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:December 4th, 2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Happy wish-places of your own today, Gwynne!

[hugs]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:December 5th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
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What I love the best is the view from our deck with the "borrowed landscape" of the trees across the valley and the Tahoe hills covered with snow. Also lovely when the fog creeps up the hill to the second row of trees for. The house and we are blanketed in mystery...
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From:laurawise
Date:December 5th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
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How perfect, ALH. What a wonderful vista to savor, and what a great place to be.

[hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:December 6th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm very fond of parks, but I'm hard pushed to pick a favourite.
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From:laurawise
Date:December 6th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
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You explore so much anyway, in so many parts of the country, that it would be VERY hard to choose, I'd reckon!

Cheers and a good weekend!

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