London: To Blenheim Palace

Blenhiem - 42I traveled on Tuesday to Oxford and on out to Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough.  And also the birthplace and sometime home of Winston Churchill, who was baptized in the chapel there and is buried nearby.

The palace dates from the early 1700s, a product of tremendous magnanimity from Queen Anne, the vision of an inspired architect, and the work of some of the biggest names in British design of the 18th century — Hawksmoor, Gibbons, Capability Brown.

And the place is stunning . . . incredible . . . must be seen to be believed.

The opulence is overwhelming.  The grounds are a marvel.  I mean . . . this is serious swag and splendour.  There is indeed a reason that Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site.

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