DATE: Tuesday 8 August, 1995

PLACE: Reading


Oxford and the Churchill's 'family home'

REMARKS: A two-site day. We follow Dave's PC-generated directions for a scenic drive to Oxford. It takes us through a beautiful village (Pangbourne) and along the Thames (crowded with boats) for a distance.

Oxford itself is amazing - crowded with tourists, streets for pedestrians and buses only, and lovely gothic buildings. We wander through a few colleges and into the Asmolean Library; tour groups are everywhere. A visit to the 'Story of Oxford' attraction is fascinating, and is a 'ride' of very gentle pace and no 'thrills'.

We retrieve the car and go on to Blenheim Palace, the home of the Churchills. This is a sprawling edifice set in magnificent Park and grounds. While part is dedicated to Winston, the rest is a 'family home', with stunning collections of china, beautiful tapestries, and crystal, and a magnificent library of approximately 10,000 volumes.

We also visit an adventure playground and butterfly house; although few species, lots of specimens.






Royal Tunbridge Wells

All the photos in one place!


Royal Tunbridge Wells

The Pantiles

The Murrells from Tunbridge Wells

Maps & Aerial Photos

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