Blenheim Palace

Week 6 Update, Brighton, & Blenheim Palace by Joshua Siniscal

Hello everyone!

I can't believe it's week 6 and NEXT week we will be going on travel break!  That means I am almost halfway through the semester! Wow how time flies here! There is always something to get done for homework, somewhere to go and visit, and someone to hang out with. Between those three things, the days, weeks, and now even month, have flown by! Anyway, concerning travel break, I'll be heading to Barcelona, Madrid, and Venice, with a small time in Milan, all within 10 days. I'll be with a group of people so we will all be splitting the costs of transportation and places to stay.

I miss my 1994 Camry (oldie but goodie), and having the freedom to just go out whenever I want, and not having to pay for transportation. Also, just driving alone and listening to music.

But enough rambling, here's what I did this past weekend.

On Friday, since I am an art student, we had to go into Oxford and visit two museums. One at Christ Church, and the other at the Ashmolean which is supposedly the oldest museum in Britain. (1683)

We then came back on the bus (about a 45 minute ride) and had dinner back at school. Later, we traveled back into Oxford to see a show there called "Blood Brothers." I've seen a fair amount of plays in my life, but this one had to be right around the top. Technically speaking, the show was done almost to perfection with great lighting, music, sound, and quick set changes. It was incredible. And the play itself with the story was really good. It was actually a musical, but had lots of funny parts, as well as a serious ending. I'm not going to lie, I teared up at the end. Sorry I don't have any photos from the play or museums.

The next day, Saturday, we headed to Brighton which is at the southern tip of England. It's a beach town, and reminded me a little of Seaside Heights, or some of the other beach towns in Jersey.

There was a Ferris wheel, big pier with rides, food, and arcade games. The beach however, is not made of sand. It's really just a bunch of small, round stones. So, on a summer's day, I'm not sure I'd be running around barefoot, but in shoes it was alright.

Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

Me and the ferris wheel

Me and the ferris wheel

One of the streets

One of the streets

Myself and three friends bought burgers for lunch and went on the beach and ate there. It was one of the most enjoyable lunches I've ever had. Sitting on the beach, with your friends, eating good food, in a foreign country, while looking out at the sea on a sunny day. Not a bad combination.

I took this minutes before we left. I only wish I could have stayed for the full sunset.

I took this minutes before we left. I only wish I could have stayed for the full sunset.

We also toured the Royal Pavilion which was a massive home that looked like the taj mahal. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take pictures inside, but I did take a few of the outside.

Basically King George IV liked to show off his home to everyone. Every room was decorated differently and the dining hall had gold and silver utensils along with lots of other expensive things.

My favorite shot of the day.

My favorite shot of the day.

Lastly, on Sunday we took an afternoon trip to Blenheim Palace which is where Winston Churchill was born.

The palace and the grounds surrounding it, where absolutely beautiful.

The fountains in the garden

The fountains in the garden

It was a bit of a walk, but there was a nice waterfall outback.

A group of us on the bridge.

A group of us on the bridge.

Yours truly

Yours truly

Felipe and I then walked across the bridge on the other side of the grounds which was nice because there was a lake, and also sheep roaming around.

Another perspective.

Another perspective.

I wish we had a little more time here, as there was plenty to see and walk around.

This weekend we'll be heading to Liverpool and Whales! Stay tuned for that post.

Signing out,

-Josh