For our last day of the UK tour we left Stratford after breakfast and drove through the wonderful countryside and small villages to London.
We stopped after about a 1 hour drive at Blenheim Palace which is home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and also Churchill was born. It also had ties with the Lady Di’s Family the Spencer’s. The palace building first started in the 1700’s and apparently took about 26 years to build. Like all the Palaces we have seen it is huge and the gardens and so big that you would need all day to walk around them, it’s amazing the wealth that one family can have.
After a tour of the older sections of the Palace and a walk through a few sections of the gardens we had lunch at one of the cafes there then back on the bus and headed to London.
We had quite a good run into central London despite the Olympic Games were still on, perhaps people were avoiding the city. We stopped at the Westminster Plaza as most of the group were staying there the night, said our goodbye’s to everyone and left our suitcases at the hotel for a few hours.
We had until about 6pm before heading for the Eurostar so we caught the subway to Hyde Park to look at a memorial of Lady Di, then walked to Harrods at Knightsbridge. Had a look around Harrods for a while then had dinner at a small restaurant no far from Harrods which was quite nice, Pasta and then scones and tea.
Out train was leaving at 7:50pm so we caught the subway back to Westminster, picked up our luggage then cab to St Pancras for the Eurostar to Paris. Arrived at about 11:15 Europe time, as we got out of the Paris Station a man approached us if we wanted to take a cab, his friend then showed us a price chart giving us a "discounted" price of 65 Euro's, lucky we knew a cab only cost 10 euro and proceeded to the taxi line.