London spring photo diary: exploring Chelsea and Kensington by foot

My first trip to London was in November. It was grey and dreary and my impression of England’s capital could generally be described as ‘blah’. Having returned in springtime for a quick weekend trip I was enchanted by the cherry blossoms and endless white and maroon Magnolia flowers adorning the conjoined houses of Chelsea and Kensington.

Here are some photos from my morning walk through London, and a few final thoughts beneath.

 

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I was a little shocked that so many of the beautiful gardens in the area were fenced and locked private gardens- a stark contrast to Finland’s communal gardens and wild open central parks. Seeing the lavish mansions around Kensington Palace and the many homeless people elsewhere, reiterated to me why Finland has been considered the happiest country in the world for two years in a row. In the country I have been fortunate enough to call home for the last two years, the vast majority of people really do believe and act like they are no better that anyone else. Free and equal opportunities abound.