Another day-trip we chose to make while in Oxford was Blenheim Palace. It is a big palace that is also the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The palace is located just outside Oxford, about 30 minute drive by bus. When we got there they were just setting up for a big vintage car show. We decided to buy tickets for inside and also the park. They also had a special offer that lets you exchange your one-time ticket for a year-ticket. I really like that idea because if you’re living nearby you can visit a lot for the price of one visit. I can imagine myself going to the palace and drinking tea there on the weekends. :)
We walked a bit around the park. There are two tearooms, one just outside the palace and another one in the Pleasure Gardens where there’s also a maze. We were pretty skeptic at first, because we taught it would be too easy. At the end it turned out to be quite good and we even got a little lost. :)
I promised another post about Oxford, because I had too much for just one post. I mentioned we has a friend that studies at Oxford with us, so we got all the inside tips and he knew his way around. The best part was probably visiting all the colleges, but there was much more. We went punting, which was so much fun. It took as a little while to get used to it, but we were quite skilled at the end. In the beginning there were many people, but after we went further down the river it got more quiet and there were few people.
Of course there was a mandatory cup of tea with scones here and there. :)
Natonal History Museum
Port Meadow was just a few minutes away from our apartment so we went there to see the horses that pasture there. It was a great experience, they are used to people and like to be pet. The park is lovely, there were people running, exercising, having a picnic or just having an evening walk.
I got lost in activities again. Planed to post about Dover cliffs a while ago, but I just didn’t get around to it. It was a day-trip that became the highlight of our week. We did some research at home and found some destination we liked then chose some that were close and easily reached. We left Oxford early in the morning and traveled by train to London where we changed trains and drove straight to Dover. We then decided to walk toward the cliffs, there were few buses because it was Sunday, so we just decided to go there by food instead of waiting for the bus.
The cliffs were amazing. I totally loved it. There were a lot of English families spending their weekend there and it was very windy, but the weather was still pretty good. We walked for about an hour until we reached Mrs Knott’s Tea-Room located in the lighthouse. It was this darling place, with charming tea cups, hot tea and delicious scones. It was completely perfect, we were a bit cold after the walk so the hot tea was welcome and the scones well deserved! :)