Chez WW in England

Chez WW in England

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Blenheim Palace & Bladon, England

02 January 2011

Sir Winston Churchill may be one of the greatest leaders of our time. He inspired a nation and the world to never give up with his amazing speeches. He inspired the fight for freedom against tyranny. Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of this remarkable man. The palace is a place of grandeur on an enormous scale. The house and grounds were shut but we were able to wander the grounds.

We walked up the hill to the Column of Victory. The Column celebrates the victory of the Duke of Marlborough. It is basically a deed to all of the surrounding lands given to him by the Queen.

We had to enter a garden gate and an enclosed area to reach the column. Everywhere you looked you saw sheep. I know understand why wellies are so popular in England. In the last two days my wellies have been covered in all manner of muck and poop.

Below is one of the garden gates on the estate but the fence has been removed. I found it amusing.

This sign is at the entrance to the Palace. It gave me a chuckle – very upstairs, downstairs.

We had lunch today in Woodstock, the town outside of Blenheim Palace, at the Brothertons Brasserie. This Italian restaurant is in an old building with bowed windows and gas lamps that are still used. The food was delicious.

Our next stop was the village of Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill was laid to rest after a state funeral. This great man chose as his final resting place, not a great cathedral but, a small village Church yard near where he was born. It is a modest and humble site for a man who achieved such feats of greatness.

St Martin’s ChurchBladon is the where a private service was held before Churchill was laid to rest. It is a beautiful stone chuurch. Darkness was falling and we were the only people there. It is easy to imagine Sir Winston Churchill standing in this same church, alone in the night, praying for strength to face the gathering storm. It was a truly humbling experience.

Sir Winston Churchill showed the world that even as darkness falls and surrounds us there is still light and hope.

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