2017 | Bampton and Highclere Castle 

Bampton-in-the-Bush and Highclere Castle were both featured on the TV series Downton Abbey. As a fan of the show, I made sure to visit these locations while in the United Kingdom. We stayed for about an hour in Bampton, and just walked around the village looking for some of the locations used in the TV series. I spent most of my time taking photos of St. Mary the Virgin church and its graveyard.

Highclere Castle was used as the main setting for the TV drama, Downton Abbey. I was obsessed with the show. On the weekends that I worked, I remember rushing home on Monday mornings so I can watch the latest episode. It was also one of the few shows that both my parents and I liked. Photography is not allowed inside the castle, since it is still where the Earl of Carnarvon and his family lives. The castle tour took less than an hour, and we spent the rest of our visit roaming the castle grounds and gardens.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with a Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35/2.5 on Arista Premium 400 (expired)

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Walking up to St. Mary the Virgin Church
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Church graveyard
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Church graveyard
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St. Mary the Virgin Church interior
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St. Mary the Virgin Church
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Highclere Castle
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Front door
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Castle Tower
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A last look of the castle

2017 | London, UK

We arrived in London on a sunny Tuesday morning and stayed in the neighborhood of Earl’s Court for the entire duration of our vacation. Since it was still too early to check-in at the hotel, we ended up walking around the area looking for a place to eat and decided to visit Kensington Palace after lunch.

We took the District Line to Kensington High Street, and explored the area for a little bit before making our way to Kensington Palace. It took us nearly 3 hours to go through the royal apartments and the Palace exhibitions. We made a quick stop at the gift shop and spent more time walking around the White Garden.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with a CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 PII on Arista Premium 400

 

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The ride to Earl’s Court
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Walking around Earl’s Court
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Heading to Kensington Palace
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Please keep to the path
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Kensington Palace entrance
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The Queen’s Apartment
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Princess Diana exhibition
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The White Garden
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The walk back to the tube station
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Waiting for the District Line
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Heading back to the hotel
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Nevern Square