Luckily, he hasnt given up on these field trips and with the Spring and Summer months approaching, I thought I'd begin a new series - "Oh The Places You'll Go" (do kids read Dr. Suess in the UK?) and show you some of the gems (some hidden, some not) in England.
Last weekend, we went on an impromtu day trip to Oxford and our friendly sat-nav informed us that Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill was not far and could be added to our route. Why thank you; dont mind if we do...
|More of the Palace|
|The Palace from the Formal Gardens|
|One of many disturbing statues...|
What We Discovered:
- You can get married there (yes, please!)
- The Palace is an example of English Baroque style architecture. I've never had a favourite architectural style before, so now this is it. Absolutely beautiful!
- The Palace was created to celebrate victory over the French during the Wars of the Spanish Succession and was a gift to the First Duke of Marlborough.
- Blenheim Natural Mineral Water is bottled on the estate, and is the only water you can buy there, of course. Tastes just like Aquafina to me.
- Duke John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill lives in the palace part of the year. In addition to being in the Churchill family, he is also a distant relative of Princess Diana.
- Scenes from Harry Potter and Gulliver's Travels were filmed here.