July 18 Back to UK

  • We returned home in time to prepare for Marcus’s wedding on 22 Jul.  The weather remained glorious and their wedding garden party was a wonderful family occasion.

To recover, and as we had an appointment in Banbury on 25th, we left the family once more.  Appointment over, we had a quick look at the map and saw that we were close to Blenheim Palace.  As we have not been there, we booked onto a budget pitch at the Caravan and Motor home Club site at Woodstock for a few days.  A shady pitch under the trees was very welcome as it was still very hot.

Our first day was spent relaxing and taking a leisurely stroll into Woodstock.   It is a delightful Cotswold town with little shops and hostelries.

One of the attractive roads in the centre of Woodstock
Woodstock town hall

We had a pleasant walk around then stocked up in the Co-op.  Clyde had a lot of discomfort with his leg and the heat didn’t help, so we decided to drive to the Palace next day.

Having been to Chambord recently, we were interested to see how our English country pile would compare.  Of course, it is completely different and has a history that we can identify with.  This is very much more of a home and the human touches are everywhere.  This was the birth place of Winston Churchill and therefore, very much more interesting to us.  There is a very interesting Churchill exhibition which should not be missed.

Front door and Palace courtyard

The rooms that were open to the public were all ornate with fabulous ceilings and immense wall hanging tapestries.  The tapestries have been restored in Belgium and should now last for many more generations to enjoy.

One of the many fabulous tapestries and ornate rooms
Enormous library with organ
Organ at the end of the library
Impressive sculpture in the chapel

As the day was so hot, we decided to explore the house and, as we had converted our ticket to an annual pass for free, we planned to explore the grounds next day.  We did have coffee at the terrace cafe which overlooks the splendid terrace garden.

Terrace garden with multiple fountains
View of terrace garden from the side
Palace from the walk to the formal gardens

Believe it or not, when we returned the next day, it rained heavily!  After waiting for it to pass over whilst drinking more coffee, we gave up and decided to come again within the next 12 months.

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