While on vacation, a few eyeopening days in London!!!!

We had only two days in this huge city, to see just a couple of things that we thought would be interesting to us , so we picked the Tower of London and the double-decker buses that would let us get on and off whenever we wanted…….The weather that day was cool but very nice and reminded us of being back in the Northwest……. I could easily come back there for a few weeks..so much to see and experience……….

part of the Tower of London grounds.....
part of the Tower of London grounds…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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armour for thy horse!
Armor for thy horse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pet crows that put on a show on the  grounds of the Tower of London.....
Pet crows that put on a show on the grounds of the Tower of London…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More of the armor
More of the armor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

part of the castle tour.....
part of the castle tour…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

looking out this "old window" onto the grounds.........
looking out this “old window” onto the grounds………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Lord and Madame....
My Lord and Madame….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the crowns with no jewels which were in another building with armed guards in that building that was enclosed in a LARGE  safe!!!!
One of the crowns with no jewels which were in another building with armed guards in that building that was enclosed in a LARGE safe!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a small display of the entire London Tower.....
a small display of the entire London Tower…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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view from the top...........
view from the top………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father and Son ready for battle!
Father and Son ready for battle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

beheading tools.....grrrrrr......
beheading tools…..grrrrrr……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

check out the size of these cannon balls!!!
check out the size of these cannon balls!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a little alter in one of the small towers......
a little alter in one of the small towers……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

on to the Crown Jewels..........unbelievable!
on to the Crown Jewels……….unbelievable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a view of downtown London from the castle....
a view of downtown London from the castle….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next  we will be on the doubledecker bus and all the sites from downtown……very beautiful in London!!

Happy Trails!!     MJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blenheim Palace was so fantastic…….a must see !!

We had taken a day to just lolygag around but on this day  we both wanted to see Highclere Castle, which is where Downton Abbey is filmed and is just a little west of London,  another of our favorite shows.  As we approached the entrance, we found, that it was closed because it was early in the season yet…..a disappointment but we decided to go over to Blenheim Palace and see what that was like ,and not far from Highclere Castle……..WOW!!!!!!!…. It was open and getting there about 10am we figured we would have this looked at in no time but when we drove in and paid for our admission , this 2000 acre , well designed, majestic palace was really something to see……..and we stayed for most of the afternoon……….

Just a little history on this place:

The first duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, had defeated Louis XIV ‘s French forces at the battle of Blenheim in 1704………His wife Queen Anne, thought , “What could I do to thank John for that conquest?”…… Well , she built this palace for him along with all the gardens and a lake , of course……….nice………

A little later, about 1874, another Churchill was born in the home named Winston………….John’s daughter-in-law, Jennie Jerome gave birth here. Winston  grew up in this place and learned to ride  his horse, Rob Roy…………as a man , he won the Battle of Britain and helped defeat Hitler…..The exhibit is quite telling in all the obstacles of his life too…..

Here are some pics of that afternoon spent in awe of actually a work of art!:

 

Daddy-o listening for the bark!!
Daddy-o listening for the bark!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armour and a funky chair
Armour and a funky chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chandelier that greeted us upon entering....
The chandelier that greeted us upon entering….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

touring some of the rooms ......gorgeous paintings
touring some of the rooms ……gorgeous paintings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tapestries  ....no need to wallpaper here!
Tapestries ….no need to wallpaper here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busts.....
Busts…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MJ's department, the dining room and dishes....would live to serve a dinner here....
MJ’s department, the dining room and dishes….would live to serve a dinner here….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more dining room ...
more dining room …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

one of many fireplaces...
one of many fireplaces…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Downstairs chapel......sculpture....
Downstairs chapel……sculpture….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their backyard......
Their backyard……lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yippee!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winston Churchill's exhibit........
Winston Churchill’s exhibit……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winston and wife sculpture......
Winston and wife sculpture……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
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He was born in this bedroom……

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Happy Trails!!

If anyone gets close to this place……make sure to leave extra time to check it all out ……it’s worth the time and money!!!

MJ