Three Swans Hotel
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... but with help from a neighbouring boat we finally got within jumping distance. The village was a bit of let down - two pubs; one expensive and too busy with food to accommodate drinkers and the other near empty and with a poor selection of ales so we ended up back on the boat earlier than expected.
Started out early today and soon joined another boat, Spider's Web with a lovely couple aboard from Leeds. Working as a good team, we made short work of ...
... area that stretches out under Broad Street. I have never been so moved by a book store in my entire life; it was such a beautiful sight. As we were leaving, there was a group of men dressed as Vikings for some apparent reason. My guess is that they were doing a pub crawl that started at 12 in the afternoon.
We walked along High Street and looked for a few souvenirs for family and we went into the tea shop. And because it was ...
... over 90 shops!!! Think I managed to do some good shopping at Next, Billabong & Gap :-) There was an awesome stilletto lego shoe located in the middle of the outlet. We ddidn't have time to visit the steam museum next door, but a few people off the trip had done so.
We drove through the downs en-route to Marlborough. On the way we saw some of the chalk horses in the hills, didn't realise there were so many, plus ...
... their own stuff.
Whilst we were checking out the garden allotments, Louise was back home preparing an amazing Sunday roast lunch. It was a slow cooked pork belly finished in a roasting pan in the oven with a marinade of oranges, rosemary and some other spices. Absolutely delicious - wine, roast, apple pie and self saucing pudd on a wintery Sunday.
It was just a beautiful day and when we said goodbye we were all sad - but enthused that we may have ...
... just looked confused.
Blenheim is renowned for its Christmas decorations - rows of giant Christmas trees setup outside along the verandahs. When we left the Palace it was just after 5 but it was dark so we were so lucky to appreciate the full effect of the giant Christmas trees and lights. We went back to Ray and Louise's for another beautiful meal and on our drive back Ray and I finally worked out how we met. It was through ...