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Above image shows one of many pheasants in Blenheim Park.

This morning, we departed our Moreton-in-Marsh lodgings and drove for 45 mins to our first destination of Blenheim Palace, near Oxford.

Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site, and deservedly so. It was conceived as a gift by the nation to the 1st Duke of Marlborough in recognition of his winning a major military victory in Europe in 1704. The building was completed in the 1720s in English Baroque style.

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Above image shows a clump of primroses, a wildflower, in Blenheim Park.

Image below shows landscaped bridge in the park.

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Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim. His ancestors lived there for 300 years.

The Palace contains many fine and extensive rooms containing period furniture, paintings, luxury decor, treasures such as fine porcelain, a library and more.

Here is a video clip of the aptly named, Long Library.

Outside, the Palace sits in a managed landscape which includes a lake, pond, bird life, lawns, a terrace, formal gardens, arboretum and a water cascade.

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Overall, Blenheim is a quality experience.

After Blenheim, we moved to Stow-on-the-Wold for refreshment at  Huffkins Tea Room. Stow is a busy and popular Cotswold market town.

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Next, we visited Lower Slaughter, a picturesque village with stream running through the center and medieval church. We also visited the Old Mill, now a tourist attraction.

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After departing Lower Slaughter we returned to our lodgings. Tomorrow, we switch to Cheltenham.

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