But I believe above all that I wanted to build the palace of my memory, because my memory is my only homeland.
Today was a day back on the coach to explore more of wonderful England after another wonderful (well not too wonderful, Macbeth gave me nightmare's apparently because according to cali i was tossing and turning and stole all the blankets. sorry love- but i woke up feeling rested so its a winner) night.
First stop. Winston Churchill's Birthplace- Blenheim Palace. It was beautiful. I want a palace. We explored the ground and the rose garden, before heading inside for a tour. i love tours. i love the little details you get from the tour guide. i love hearing the stories. and i love having a person tell me them instead of reading them. its like getting told a bed time story rather than reading one. its just so much better. The palace is still a private residence for the Duke of Malborough, but they open up part of it for the public to come and view. and i am very grateful they do. Also fun fact. they were setting up for a triathlon while we were there. adding to the bucket list. triathlon at Blenheim Palace- how amazing would that be?
|the italian gardens. yes that is a duck cut into the hedges. amazing.|
|love of flowers- include roses. especially perfect ones like this. also ive realized that red roses, not my favorite. i dont know if that disqualifies me as a girl but its the truth.|
|the secret garden.|
cali helped lauren climb a tree, and helped her down. a little scared for lauren's life...but cali is a "rock"star
|more exploring at the bridge. they had rooms in the bridge. it was intense.|
did you know that oxford doesnt have a central campus, but its rather a ton of buildings around the city and there a bunch of different colleges that are all considered oxford. i did not know this. learn something new every day. but oxford was great. we looked around some college stores- i resisted buying a t-shirt considering i already have a box full of t-shirts from life. no need to pay for them when you get them for free.
|this was probably the most impressive street performer i have seen yet.|
|outside the church.|
|waiting in line.|
|the great hall.|
|there was also a field where they played quidditich.|
|the gift shop had lots of harry potterness. loved it. there was a book called harry potter on location- or something along those lines. which basically went through all the places where the movies were filmed so you could go see them. i was tempted.|
|while harry potterness was amazing and so cool, the rest was also amazing. the chapel was gorgeous, and the tour guides were so very friendly.|
|we had a grand group picture taken at the monument we met at and rodger went into photographer mode. it was grand. he is one of my favorite people in the world. so grand.|
we set all of our stuff down, checked email and such, and then were off to the V&A which doesnt close until 10 on fridays. the museum was fun, but we were all kind of beat from the day. but i had one goal and one goal only for the museum. it was to see the painting that President Monson always talks about by Joseph Turner, which he has renamed "to the rescue" and we found it! (see below)
favorite part of the museum though. the theater section. who would have guessed, being on a theater study abroad and all. but it was amazing. they had so many interesting costumes on display. it was amazing to see them so close, and to see the detailing you dont see from the audience. the display was very interactive. you could try on some costumes, and there were videos you could watch about the behind the scenes of the theater. i went behind the scenes of wicked. it was grand.
|costumes from the lion king.|
|playing dress up. my dress was the heaviest, and super hot. it didnt help that they room was already quite toasty.|