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... 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. ...
... all around the house, plus formal gardens.
The Palace is famed as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s great wartime leader. We saw the Churchill Exhibition including the room where he was born in 1874. The display was very interesting, there were many of his letters to his parents and others, his history, his personal life, his experiences at Blenheim, the relationship with his grandmother the Duchess of Marlborough ...
... 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 ...
... fall, not to mention her gorgeous British accent. Then it was our turn. I have never felt so American!
After Romantic Lit I had to hurry back to the house for my Intro to British Culture class. It was very interesting as well. We learned a lot about the history of the British Isles which was helpful when trying to understand the context of the things we have been reading. After class I made a quick sandwich and then we were off to ...
... 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 ...
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