Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 10:45 PM in 2011 London
The weather was pretty much perfect for most of the day. They closed down the Circle line for the weekend, which is what we normally take to get to the Victoria Coach Station to catch our tour. We had take the Piccadilly line and go through a few stations before we finally got there. Fortunately we made it in time and got on our bus. We started out by heading toward Oxford and stopping in a town called Bibury. This was a nice little town that had a stream running through it and several rows of extremely old houses. This was only really a quick photo stop before we got back on the bus and headed for Bourton-on-the-Water.
Bourton-on-the-Water was much more touristy but was still a nice relaxing town. It had a large stream running through it and a bunch of shops. The Cotswolds are known for their sheep and wool. We went into a leather store and I was tempted to buy a leather jacket but they didn't have any I liked that were in my size. Eric ended up buying a new wallet there. After that we relaxed for a bit by the river and then went back to the bus.
The next stop was Burford where we had lunch at The Mermaid. I had some fish n chips and they gave us tea again. This town was really nice but had a huge road running through it which kind of ruined the quaintness of the place. We didn't have too much extra time to spend here, and the weather had started to get cloudy like it was going to rain. We got back on the bus and left for Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim Palace is where Winston Churchill was born and raised. The grounds are 3x larger than Hyde park here in London. The Palace took 22 years to build and another 10 years to groom the grounds. They dug out lakes and made rolling hills on the land. The gardens there were beautiful and had a feel of Versailles in Paris. The palace itself was huge inside and is still lived in by the current Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. You could spend days walking around all the gardens here they were so huge.
The tour finally ended and we ended up going back to Piccadilly Circus to look for some kind of souvenir and then had dinner at Bella Italia, where I had a calzone and Eric had a pizza. We called it an early night so we could get ready for bed and pack up for our flights tomorrow. It has been a fun trip and even though there was a bunch we didn't get to see, everything went well and we got to see some very cool things
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