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Bucolic Bliss at Blenheim Palace

The family residence of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, this stunning English Baroque masterpiece by John Vanbrugh is matched only in magnificence by the grandeur of the landscape created by Capability Brown. It is the only country house in England to hold the title of palace that is either non-royal or non-episcopal and the suite of state rooms and the breathtaking library with the largest organ in a private home is an absolute must. Whenever I go to houses like Blenheim, I always like to imagine sweeping up the main drive, gliding through the porticoed entrance, briefly taking in the grandeur of the Thornhill cupola and finally being graciously met by the

All aboard the Cutty Sark at Greenwich

Love this old ship, at the time one of the fastest tea clipper ships around. Thanks to its unique bow design that included a base covered in Muntz Steel that prevented barnacles from growing and slowing it down, the Cutty Sark could achieve record breaking speeds of up to 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph). During the latter part of its life, it traded in wool and could travel up to 300 miles per day, taking 78 days to get from the wool producing areas of Australia to Britain. Cargo of tea was could amount to £18 million in today money, and speed was of the essence, not least as there was a significant premium on the first tea of the season. An absolute beauty of a ship, although the sleek and

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