Yesterday we decided to make the most of the beautiful weather and go on a long drive to visit Blenheim Palace, home to the Dukes of Malborough since the 18th century and birthplace of Winston Churchill.
The beauty, taste and opulence of English countryside palaces never fail to dazzle me. Woburn (home to the Dukes of Bedford) , Leeds Castle and now Blenheim Palace are indeed worthy of admiration (Blenheim has been a World Heritage Site since 1987). Not only are the grounds breathtaking, the palaces architectural masterpieces and visitors provided with close up encounters with history, through excellent preservation of contents and skillfully designed exhibitions, but also, the "lived in" look makes all the difference: this is actually somebody's home!
All of us loved it - it has to be one of the most beautiful places in England - and the girls were exceptionally excited with what one of the lady guides - the very nice and posh one in the State Dining Room - said to them: if they really liked the palace, maybe one day they could get married there. I'll have to keep playing Euromillions.
Photos over in Lovely Places (only exteriors, cameras not allowed inside the palace; for inside photos visit the palace's official site: http://www.blenheimpalace.com/)