ENGLAND

London - Seven Dials brings you seven streets with eclectic cafe's and unique boutiques. 

Public House on 67 Cranham Street. 

 

National Portrait Gallery ( Queen pillow) 

The Black Prince is a 16th century pub situated opposite to the grounds of Blenheim Palace and on the bank of the river, Glyme. It boasts a delightful riverside garden for you to enjoy the summer sunshine overlooking the calming river. Inside the pub there are two roaring log fires, stones walls, and a traditional suit of armor.

During the summer months, why not come along and watch The Black Prince Aunt Sally teams in action? Aunt Sally is an outdoor sport which involves throwing ‘sticks’ at a ‘dolly’ to score points. It is a traditional pub game only played in Oxfordshire and some parts of Gloucestershire and has to be seen to be believed! Matches are usually played on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, starting at 8:30pm. When the cold temperatures arrive and the Aunt Sally players have put their sticks away for the winter, the pub operates a fun, general knowledge quiz every Thursday evening. It is open for all to enter and offers cash and drink prizes with some nibbles put out at half time. The quiz starts promptly at 8:30pm.

 

Blenheim Palace    12th Duke of Marlborough   

Blenheim Palace extends to over 12,500 acres with the Palace set in over 2,000 acres of beautiful Parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. Blenheim Palace is home to an abundance of wildlife, historical monuments, ancient woodland, and rural activity. 

The Estate is rich in resources with both arable and livestock farming, as well as a natural mineral water plant. Our aim is to conserve and protect the natural habitat and historic surroundings for future generations, and to do this in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.

 

SCOTLAND

 

In Christ Alone / Crown him, with many crowns

FRANCE

Nice

Nice is France's fifth-largest city and the French Riviera's capital.   We fell in love with the Terra-cotta-clad buildings in the Vieille Ville (Old Town), which is filled with unique antique shops and quaint bistros and beaches.  Since Americans are not usually without a bathing top, then be warned, the beach is not very family friendly.  

Enjoy the  promenade des Anglais from the Colline du Château's (Castle Hill's) grassy summit.  Visit Cimiez, the location of the Musée Matisse and Musée National Marc Chagall.  Or, if you're a music lover, check out the Roman Amphithéâtre, which hosts a summer Jazz Festival.

Monday's antique market in the open-air cours Saleya is a fun spot to hit.  And, if you're obsessed with chocolate, like we are, visit the centuries-old chocolatier, Confiserie Auer. 

San Tropez

St. Tropez is on the French Riveria and a brief drive from Nice or Cannes.  The beaches are beautiful; however, we went for the shopping in Old Town!  Our favorite was the the outdoor market with food, clothes, and vintage items.  It occurs Tuesday and Saturday 8am-12pm on place des Lices. You can find tableware, clothing, art, and dried herbs to homemade pastries.  

Musee de I'Annonciade, also known as Muse St-Tropez, contains pieces by artists like Matisse, Bonnard, and Seurat.

Eze

We are obsessed!  The most charming spot we visited was Eze Village, a hill top and stone village in France.  We remember walking up the narrow lanes, peeking into art galleries, gift shops, and cafes tucked away inside these carved out nooks or crannies in the rock. 

It's worth the upward hike to the botanical gardens at the very top, where you find a view of the incredible coast line.   Have french wine and gourmet food at the top at the restaurant Chateau Eza with panoramic views. 

 

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