Heading down south, Ruth took Nancy and I on to Blenheim Palace, the only non-royal residence that has was called a palace, which places second to Windsor Castle in grandeur. It is special for being the birthplace of famous leader, Sir Winston Churchill. The location also warranted a short visit to Oxford University but however unfortunately for us the university was closed.
Twelve hours of driving did not deter us from going up north to Stratford Upon Avon which is famous for the birth and death of William Shakespeare. We power walked through the town, crawling with tourists, and visited his birthplace, new house, the Chapel where he was christened and also his grave. The graves of his family members and himself were moved into the Chalice of the church to either preserve it or raise money from the proceeds to pay for restoration work. It must have been the pretty surroundings where Shakespeare had gotten his inspiration although it was hard with the influx of tourists swamping the place.