Saturday, 23 July
I am quickly running out of time. Today is my last day in London and I am only up through Saturday. I may have to take desperate measures to finish this.
Today, we got up and fairly quickly got on the road. We had breakfast down the street and returned to the inn, checked out went down to wait for the bus that would take us to Blenheim and onto Oxford to catch the train to London. Christina wanted to visit Bleinheim Palace. I didn’t know what that was but, was anxious to discover something new. My poor little brain was not prepared for the exploration on tap for today. Last time, she took me to the Royal Pavillion to blow my mind. This time it is Bleinheim.
I can’t begin to describe this place so I will try to let the photograph do the job. We spent most of the morning and early afternoon touring the gardens, the palace and stopped for lunch.
This was a magnificent place to visit. It is always incredible to me the work and craftsmanship that goes into this type of building especially when you consider this was done in the early 18th century. It is easily understandable why these types of institutions have not survived except as essentially skeletal structures. I am glad to be able to walk the halls and enjoy the history.
After lunch, we walked out the way we came approaching the palace from the side. We crossed the road and caught the bus for Oxford. It was a quick 30 minute ride and we had originally planned to spend some time walking around Oxford soaking up the richness of that history. However, we were all just worn and still another day to travel so, we opted to catch the train back to London and get a little rest before we begin the last week. I am thrilled to be able to catch trains and buses and underground conveyances to get around. I enjoy not having to deal with the car and be able to get everywhere I need to go. That is a wonderful “get me out of my comfort zone” experience.