It’s 8 o’clock in the morning and I venture across London where I catch a bus to Hampton Court Palace for the day. I booked a solo tour for a Saturday afternoon, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It gave me time to explore at my own pace, which I find is becoming slower with my maturity. When I was a younger I breezed through museums and didn’t think much of it, but now the audio guides are essential and I lag behind the crowds soaking up all the knowledge I can. The interior of the palace is rather drafty, and as we arrived early in the day, I was the only person walking through the massive rooms and courtyards. The morning chill still hung in the castle so some of the fireplaces were lit, which made me feel as if I was in medieval times. In the gardens, I had fallen down the rabbit hole and into wonderland. Everything was so well kept including the oldest hedge maze! Towering 7 feet in the air, it's a fun and challenging activity to do. Even though it is not the biggest or most elaborate hedge maze in the world, I still managed to get lost amongst the dense shrubbery and dead ends!