Blenheim Guest House and Tea Rooms
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We took a quick drive into Cirencester for morning tea, and then headed west again. The route took us through more beautiful Cotswolds villages, notably Bibury and Burford, and then into Oxfordshire, where our main stop for the day was Blenheim Palace. The £45 entrance fee made us very glad we had taken out membership of the Historic Homes Association before leaving NZ.
Blenheim Palace is one of ...
... into Blenheim Palace in the form of Consuela Vanderbuilt marrying the 8th Duke of Marlborough (a Spenser/Churchill) at the request of her mother. The marriage failed, but her dowry of 15,000,000 pounds stayed with the Churchills and Blenheim Palace! Interest on that money still exists today (they are now up to Duke 11!)
We heard a lot about "the heir and the spare". This comes from high death rates of infants in earlier centuries. ...
... I ignored the Sat Nav and followed the signage to Blenheim Palace, where I immediately...queued for a half hour to buy a ticket and park!
A little information on Blenheim Palace (because that part is so interesting): Blenheim Palace is the residence of the Duke of Marlborough. It is the only non-royal, non episcopal country house in England to hold the title of Palace. The house was built between 1705 and 1725. It was originally intended ...
... for us, they have a small grocery store in the middle of the main floor. We were able to get food for both today and tomorrow including fresh vegetables and fruit. And I got chocolate milk! They even make it the way I like it with lots of chocolate! I was so overwhelmed by the sight of it that I forgot to take pictures!
On our way home,we stopped by a couple of food trucks outside of Christ Church (where they filmed some of the outdoor ...
... The countdown is on to the Olympics and I can only imagine what it will be like then. We wandered to Big Ben, Downing Street where a protest was taking place, Parliament house, river Thames, London eye, Leicester square, all the monopoly names. Took the tube out to Knightsbridge and a visit for some retail therapy in Harrods. What a great day and if we never get here again I consider myself very lucky to have visited twice. Got back into Woodstock and time for yet ...