I thought the summer palace was beautiful. Not imposing in the style of Versailles, or Buckingham Palace, much simpler. I could imagine a royal family here living more down to earth lives with only a small retinue.
We are allowed inside, but no photographs permitted, except in this small structure on the water – how I would have loved to have that as a writing area.
A little about this age as Victoria’s reign was such a long one, and there were major changes in Britain. For example, another interesting thing to happen during her time was the invention of the spinning jenny, otherwise known as the low paid female factory worker.
Unfair laws in Britain at that time said it was forbidden to chain workers to their benches…
.. but with big profits in mind, the colonials of that time exported the idea and set up the Nike factories in the far east using child labour at slave rates.
Next week a little about the 9 children who survived Victoria – just.