Carol-IvanTravels travel blog

Gate to the Blenheim Palace (built 1705-1714)

Coat of arms on the gate

One of England's top 10 most magnificent homes

Birthplace of Winston Churchill (1874)

No photos allowed inside but the gardens were beautiful!

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Appropriately named the "Water Garden"

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Just one rose in the rose garden; too cold and rainy so...

Lovely gate on the extensive grounds

Column of Victory

Our rigs all lined up, parked about 1/2 mile from the palace!

On to a delightful town in the Cotswolds - Stow-on-the-Wold

We had time to wander the narrow streets

The Cotswolds were once famous for their high quality wool

Many of the buildings are built of local honey-colored stone

We explored a ways in this tiny alley (close) called "Fleece Lane"

More buildings in Stow

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Rain off and on again as we toured one of England's 10 most magnificent treasured homes, Blenheim Palace (1722), birthplace of Winston Churchill (1874). Sadly, we were not allowed to take photos inside; the furnishings were so beautiful. The Great Hall and the Long Library (170 yd.) were my favorite areas. A unique way to present the history of the palace and its nobility was with clever audio and visual techniques that had the duchess's lady-in-waiting talk to us about life 'back then'. There was also an extensive & excellent collection of photos and memorabilia about Churchill. The Water Garden and the Italian Garden were delightful.

From the palace we drove through several small and lovely Cotswold villages with their honey-colored stone houses. Many of them were built during Medieval times when Cotswold wool was famous. The countryside was lush green fields with many “drystone” walls & hedgerows. (Drystone means no cement to hold the stones together.) Driving the local roads was a pleasure today inspite of the rain. They were wide enough that I didn't worry about hitting our mirrors and the speeds were such that I could see and enjoy the scenery more than on the faster motorways (England's version of the autobahn).

We spent an hour in pouring rain walking the streets of the small Cotswold village, Stow-on-the-Wold, before driving to our cg for the night. The town was made of up attached stone buildings with doors right on the sidewalks and cars parked on both sides of the rather narrow streets. All sorts of shops, many with fine quality merchandise.



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