The UK gets Good Friday and Easter Monday off. Excuse me, Easter Monday, what? Never heard of it before.
But apparently it’s a thing here, and it makes for a nice long holiday weekend to have lots of random Easter celebrations.
Source: TNT Magazine
A few of the fun things that happen in London include the Big Egg Hunt, which starts as early as February! More than 200 giant eggs are hidden throughout the city, and I think there’s some sort of contest in which if you locate a certain number of them, you’re entered into a prize drawing for a fair chunk of change.
There are some really interesting designs, from artistic to quirky to 23.5-carat-gold-encrusted lavish. (It is branded the Faberge Big Egg Hunt, after all.) I’ve only seen one about town, but check out some of the designs in the Telegraph’s photo gallery here.
Yesterday, A and I were sitting outside the National Gallery overlooking Trafalgar Square, which was apparently the endpoint for the annual Easter Bunny Stroll. This is only one of several Easter weekend events sponsored by London Friday Night Skate, called the Easter Skate Eggstravaganza.
On a sunny morning, T and I made plans to go to Regent’s Park on what turned into a really drab afternoon. But it was so lovely, despite the weather and the fact that the gardens aren’t quite in bloom yet.
People have often told me that Regent’s Park is their favorite, the prettiest of all London parks. It’s not far from where I live, but I only went for the first time this weekend. Truthfully, I think part of me held out because I live just steps from Hyde Park, and knew once I saw it for myself I’d have park envy. Park envy, confirmed! Regent’s Park is so beautiful and cemented my opinion that I’d take an English garden over a French one any day ;)
In fact, walking through this park made me think, for the first time in my life EVER, that gardening might be fun. The thought might actually have been developing gradually in my subconscious; I run through the Rose Garden in Hyde Park regularly, and I see someone working in the garden at least 1 of every 2 times. The care that goes into tending these gardens and making them glorious—I can appreciate that.
The natural landscaping and Japanese garden reminded me of Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York. I can’t wait until the flowers and trees and rose gardens are in full bloom! I think I’ll go once a week just to check on the status of things.
The drab drizzly weather made me a bit unambitious with my camera, but you can definitely expect more pictures from this beautiful park in the future!