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  • Day16

    Blenheim Palace

    September 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Ja, das ist ein Bild von mir, sorry. Vielleicht könnt ihr mein Gesicht irgendwie verdecken, dann ist es gleich ertragbar, versprochen! So sah ich heute aus, auf unserem Ausflug nach Blenheim Palace. Wenn ich positiv denke, würde ich sagen, ich sehe aus wie englischer Landadel, etwas negativer gedacht würde ich sagen: verwirrte alte Dame (yep, Klasse bleibt immer noch).
    Wenn ihr euch nach dem ersten Schock mein Outfit gesehen zu haben traut weiter zu gucken, werdet ihr vielleicht denken, dass ich für das Wetter nicht ganz richtig angezogen bin. Keine Sorge, ich hatte eine Jacke mit (die Phoebe an hatte). So schlimm war es aber gar nicht, halt windig, frisch und ein bisschen Nieselregen.
    Blenheim Palace ist unter anderem der Geburtsort von Winston Churchill. Außerdem ist es eins der größten und beeindruckendsten 'Häuser'/Schlösser Großbritanniens (vermutlich der Welt). Die Architektur ist echt beeindruckend, vor allem wenn man bedenkt, dass das alles vor 300 Jahren gebaut wurde. Nicht nur das Haus ist atemberaubend mit großen, handgefertigten Teppichen und faszinierenden Decken, sondern auch der Garten, oder eher die Parkanlage ist ein einziges Kunstwerk. Neben den ganzen besonderen Dingen, die man erwarten kann bei so einem Palast, war besonders interessant für mich das der Baum auf dem letzten Bild. Da ihr nicht ich seid (...) kann ich euch vergeben, den Baum vielleicht nicht zu erkennen. Dieser Baum spielt (keine merkbare) Rolle in dem fünften Harry Potter Film: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Das ist einfach der Drehort von der einen Szene, wo Harry Snapes Gedankenlese-Zauberspruch abwehrt und seine Erinnerungen sieht. Gespielt haben also die Schauspieler der jungen Marauders und Daniel Radclif (und nicht wie die Broschüre sagt: Emma Watson, Rupert Grint und Daniel Radclif... pfft. Peasants). Diesen unbedeutenden Drehort zu sehen war echt etwas besonderes und aufregendes für mich. Ich kann vermutlich von Glück reden, dass das Schloss mit der Flugstunde in Schottland ist und nicht in erreichbarer Nähe...
    Nachdem wir ein bisschen im Haus, im Garten und im Park unterwegs waren sind wir in das kleine Dorf Woodstock gelaufen und haben Tee getrunken, was egal wo immer wieder einfach nett ist.
    Obwohl das Wetter eigentlich ziemlich gut war, waren wir alle ziemlich nass und kalt, weswegen es völlig okay war den Rest des Tages quasi nur zu lesen und mehr Tee zu trinken. Der Tag war ein perfekter Herbsttag. Ich kann nur immer wieder sagen, wie froh ich bin in dieser tollen Familie, in diesem tollen Land gelandet zu sein.
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  • Day99

    Day 99: Blenheim Palace

    May 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Nice and local today, as we were visiting the nearby Blenheim Palace - a UNESCO-listed mansion and one of the largest private homes in England. It's also one of the only homes in the entire country known as a palace, despite not being an official Crown possession. Clearly lots of history here to delve into!

    Thankfully it was right near our apartment, so we could have a small sleep in and then just a very short 10-minute drive. Arrived at the palace around 11am, though since it was a warm sunny day the car park was already filling up.

    Headed inside across the large courtyard, taking in the sheer size of the place. It's not quite as large as Versailles, but definitely close and clearly takes quite a few inspirations from it! Most of the ground floor is open for visitors, though it's still used by the Duke of Marlborough as an occasional residence so the upstairs areas are closed off. You can tour some of the rooms up there for an extra fee, but considering we'd already shelled out 25 pounds each for tickets, we didn't feel like paying more. About now was when the clock struck 11am, and everyone politely observed the national minute's silence for the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack a few days earlier.

    Wandered around the state rooms downstairs for a while, probably 90 minutes or so, taking in everything. The more public rooms at the front were decorated in an austere, non-gaudy way, while the rear rooms that were originally intended as private spaces were much more lavish.

    I should explain as well, that the palace was a reward from the Crown to the first Duke of Marlborough for winning the Battle of Blenheim, a key turning point in the war of Spanish Succession around 1704. Blenheim is of course in Bavaria, southern Germany, making it the obvious place for an English army to defeat an Austrian army in a fight over Spain!

    Anyway, the victorious general John Churchill was made Duke and granted an enormous estate, where he set about building the palace. It's been used ever since by the Dukes of Marlborough, and you may have noticed the surname of the original Duke. Yes, it's that Churchill family - Sir Winston himself was born and raised in the palace (though he wasn't in line for the dukedom, he was cousin to the duke). There was a large exhibition about Churchill and his life and times at the palace, and although interesting it was retreading a lot of the same ground we'd seen at the War Rooms in London a couple of weeks earlier. So we skimmed through.

    Eventually we were done with the indoor areas, so retreated to the fancy restaurant for lunch. We decided to splurge as it was much nicer food, and not much more expensive than the cafeteria. I had a beef & onion pie, while Shandos had a lamb burger. Tasty.

    After lunch we headed out into the gardens, which are absolutely enormous and cover a huge area. Some are landscaped and manicured, some are fairly untended woodlands, and some are in-between. We started with a walk alongside the river, culminating in a series of small waterfalls and a nice arching bridge over the top. Very pretty.

    Kept exploring the gardens for another few hours, including the temple of Diana where Churchill proposed to his wife, the Secret Garden which had an amusing number of signs pointing to it, and a couple of small grottoes as well. Eventually sated, we hopped back in the car and drove around the side of the estate to the pleasure gardens.

    These are marketed as a "family garden", which is just double-speak for "let your kids run wild". Thankfully most of them had gone home, so we had a look around the butterfly garden and the model village in relative peace.

    Back to the apartment exhausted after a surprisingly long day, where we stayed in again and had pizza for dinner. Moving on again tomorrow!
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  • Day32

    Was that the Cotswolds?

    August 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Today was to be a day in the Cotswolds. First we tried to re-create a photo at the front door of Scotsgrove B&B and Mary, like the photos we have take on two previous visits. At this time of the year all the flowers are finished - but we did it just the same. Mary was going to do the washing, but George organise his daughter, Charlotte to do this for us - very kind.

    Off we went down the winding roads and ridiculous roundabouts - no they are not roundabouts - which should be circular with 4 exits - that rarely happens over here - most roundabouts have trees or hills in the middle making it impossible to see where you are going. Alternatively, they are just painted on the road in the middle of a normal intersection - go figure?

    Through the lovely villages we went. Stopped at Bicester for a cup of tea. Couldn't find any so ended up in a pub again - but this time limited myself to coffee and cake. Very enjoyable.

    Off again heading towards Witney and Burford when we saw the turnoff to Blenheim Palace. We had both thought before this would be worth a visit so we took a detour [note to roadway engineers of England - not a diversion]. What a magnificent place - huge gardens and a huge palace. This was going to take some time to explore.

    It turns out that some guy led English soldiers to victory over France who were trying to take over Spanish territories in Belgium [a place called Blenheim] and was rewarded for his efforts with 1,000s of acres of land and an almost blank cheque from Queen Anne to build an enormous home. Oh, the queen was also good friends with his wife - nice to have friends in high places.

    We had the story of Churchill being born here and Lady Di's connections and the common tale of the grandsons spending all the money until one Duke married an American lady - a Vanderbilt no less - the palace was saved !!!

    We took the guided tour - always a good idea - you would miss interesting bits if you do the walk around by yourself. Then we when for a long walk in the gardens - very enjoyable - lush green grass and not a weed in sight.

    Back to the B&B after our best meal here, at the Six Bells, to pack ready for our trip to Ireland.

    Tomorrow we leave for London and to return the Hire Car. A visit to Camden Market is planned if we have time.

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  • Day9

    Day 8 - Blenheim Palace & Oxford

    August 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Our first this morning was to Blenheim Palace. The Palace is the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. The first Duke of Marlborough was John Churchill. Although not a Duke, Winston Churchill a member of that family line.

    The tour guide and the house were wonderful. We got an early entrance and thus were able to beat the crowds. After the tour we were free to explore the grounds and the other exhibits. My favorite was the exhibit called Destiny. This exhibit gave an overview of John Churchill's tactics in battle and explained how the victories of the 1st Duke inspired Winston Churchill during his time as a political leader. Winston Churchill often said that it was his destiny to follow the path he did.

    After the exhibit and walking around a portion of the vast gardens, we had lunch outside at the on-site cafe. The bees nearby were drawn to our sodas. As a bit of entertainment (for me) or a challenge (for John), John spent his time after eating capturing bees in each of our 3 cans of soda (one bee per can).

    That night in Oxford dinner was on our own. We selected the White Horse Pub featured in some of the Inspector Morse shows. The food was okay, but nothing to rave about. I think we prefer what are now referred to as "gastro pubs". After dinner we walked around Oxford for a while and I got a scoop of caramel ice cream.

    Once we got back to the hotel it was time to pack up to be ready to leave for Bath in the morning.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Woodstock, Горад Вудстак, Удсток, وودستوک، آکسفوردشر, 우드스톡, Woodstock i Oxfordshire, Вудсток, 伍德斯托克

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