Postcards from Britain - Blenheim Palace, Part 1

There is only one thing better than spending time in an art museum, and that is visiting a great country house in England. Blenheim is one of the greatest of the great country houses and a visit there is an extraordinary experience on many levels. Natural beauty, history, architectural delights and fine art abound! To me places like this are paradise - not some boring old island in the tropics.

Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire - home to the Dukes of Marlborough since 1704 and birthplace of Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.

Blenheim was built in the Early 1700s as a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, after he lead his British troops to victory against the hated French in the battle of Blenheim (on German soil).

By the way, "Blenheim" - as in the battle of - is pronounced just how it looks "Blen-HIME”. While the great country house named after it “Blenheim Palace" is pronounced "Blen-NIM". Why? I am not certain, but below are two more shots, (one exterior, one interior) to whet your appetite for the next few posts. Cheers!

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