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jabe11 posted:
Another day out at the Burghley House yesterday. An amazing place, showing kids movies in a part of a garden adjacent to the house...what a venue. Gardens were layout out by Capability Brown. My appreciation for the 'English Garden,' has definitely grown since moving here. There is a tree, an oak I think, planted by Queen Victoria.

05C1CD7F-C2D5-40DF-BDA6-1E93B7974C20Went through some photos I hadn’t seen in years.  Thought to post a few.  We went out quite a bit to view these stately homes, and these fotos brought back a lot of fond memories of England.  Fortunately, they did for my kids as well, and they will always have a special fondness of living there, the friends we made and for days out like these.

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jabe11 posted:
Took advantage of crystal clear weather and decided to go on a last minute road trip. Saw this place today:

Chatsworth house

Actually was a little disappointed with the interior. Several of the state rooms were closed, and several were decorated in a special Xmas Alice in Wonderland theme. But the kids enjoyed it, and the grounds, covered in a recent snow fall, were spectacular.

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jabe11 posted:
Had a very enjoyable day out at Audley End. The site has Roman roots and Tudor history, but the building is Jacobean. I say, the room attendants were engaging without being overbearing, or smug; the grounds were beautiful...quintessential English country side; impressive portraiture hanging, including works by Holbein, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Raphael, a couple of Canalettos sprinkled in, et al. A huge amount of period furniture...based on the limited literature I have read, I assume most was from the 1820's-30's. An incredible and unique experience.

A few other spots we've seen over the weeks:

Lavenham on a crisp clear day with my son...of interest for its Tudor residential architecture. The town was prosperous in the wool trade in the 15-16th centuries until Dutch traders moved in and crashed the market. The town subsequently declined, and there was little new construction of note for centuries, resulting in a dearth of Tudor houses. The town center's Guild hall is worth a stop; additionally, there is a very credible French-themed restaurant in the town square...get the duck breast.

Tours of Trinity College and St. John's College - within the Trinity College quad, there is nothing visible from beyond the 16th century (except for the 'keep off the grass' signs). The tour of St, john's is much more extensive..worth taking the strol over the River Cam. Knowing Cambridge well enough, it is cool to see it in a few recent movies (The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game).

84AD1299-0CC6-4360-A811-CB44C6476C06Audley End, this was such a fun day!

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jabe11 posted:
Yesterday:
Blenheim Palace.. Incredibly immense scale of this sprawling estate, gifted to the Duke of Marlborough for his stunning victory at the battle of Blenheim during the War of Spanish Succession. The only stately home/palace in the UK listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A crisp clear spring day, Blenheim was spectacular!

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jabe11 posted:
Dragged the family to Lincoln specifically to see The Cathedral. An off the radar town that is full of charm, at least in the historical center...a well preserved medieval core, and a stout Norman castle set upon a hill. The cathedral is an awe inspiring building, truly....the tallest building in Europe for nearly 300 years. Some Norman parts are still identifiable, but predominantly proper Gothic, from the 13th century. Amazingly, some of the stained glass is original. Inside, it is so massive the vaulted ceiling appeared to dim in haze, they were so distant.

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jabe11 posted:
Been trying to see a bit of the country for the last weeks we are here. A couple of highlights for us...

Our hotel we stayed in last weekend, Wotton House. The property has a history that includes it in the Doomsday Book. The Surrey Hills, under sunshine, are perhaps the most scenic area I have seen in England.

More of a 'for in the Archaeological file,' was Stonehenge. We expected a bit of 'Another Roadside Attraction,' but forsook the transfer bus and hoofed the mile or so from the visitors center.. with sunny skies and a moderate breeze; through green fields, a small copse with bluebells and other blooming wild flowers, to emerge to a view of gentle sloping fields of a billion buttercups, with the Stones as a back drop. The drive from there to Salisbury, through intense verdure fields, punctuated by last gasp flowering rapeseed fields, is one I will not soon forget.

Salisbury has a Cathedral, of course. It was a lot to take in for a day out...I just kicked back on the grass with my son while wifey shopped.

Inspired to share these memories by a visit today to Anglesey Abbey. these google image pix do not do the place justice. A garden splendor, 114 acres, early/mid 20th century..i cannot describe it better than the guide..."a series of compartments of varying size, each surrounded either by immaculate trimmed hedges or informal tapestries of trees and shrubs, carefully linked by shaded pathways...,etc, etc.' Water features, a mill <<peace and calming>>. In-between spring bloom and early summer bloom, but there were about 200 shades of green. It was beautiful, and, I doubt, has any equal anywhere in my homeland.

Sorry for rambling...thanks for reading this.

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