Blenheim Palace’s Stunning Parkland and Pleasure Gardens

Blenheim Palace has been the monumental, English-Baroque style country home of the dukes of Marlborough (Churchill family) for over 300 years. It is a   UNESCO World Heritage site and most famous as the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Come with me and enjoy a pictorial trip around this amazing estate, which is surrounded by some 2,000 acres of parkland accented by pools, rivulets and water falls from the River Glyme, formal gardens, a butterfly garden, the world’s second-largest maze, and many other attractions both within and without! The palace is definitely worthy of a complete day, although we tried to enjoy the highlights in about four hours…with only partial success! This week I want to share some of Blenheim’s gorgeous grounds but next week I’ll continue with “Part II” inside, at lunch, and round about. I thought it might be appropriate to underscore the pictures with some famous quotations by Churchill, the  bulldog who helped save the world from Nazi fascism during World War II.“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”“We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.”
Churchill: “If I were your husband I would take it.”“Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.”“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else.”“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” “The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.” “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” “The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.” “Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.” “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”“Take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13)

(P.S.—Sam Jacobs from asked me to include this link to some of Churchill’s best motivational and political quotes, and they are excellent. So, if you’re looking for even more wisdom from one of our world’s greatest leaders, try this:

3 thoughts on “Blenheim Palace’s Stunning Parkland and Pleasure Gardens

  1. Again beautiful pictures of a place I’d like to go to. I do like those Churchill quotes. There is a wonderful story of him and his nanny who was like a mother to him. Have you heard of it?

    1. I’ve watched a couple of really good videos about Churchill, but you may well know many details that I don’t. I know that he was very close to his nanny and wanted her blessing and opinions more than his own parents (or at least that’s my understanding). Love to hear any details you might know as an insider to the beautiful isles.

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