England

From its rugged coastline studded with gold sand beaches and secret coves, to rolling countryside dotted with patchwork fields and crops of ancient woodland, to vertiginous peaks set above glistening meres and heather-clad moors, via kitschy seaside resorts, pretty-as-a-postcard villages and handsome market towns ... there is something for everyone. It is also the perfect base if you are a travel addict with the strong GBP currency and centralised location with easy access to everywhere in the world. The weather is actually part of its appeal: Spring is full of new life, with daffodils blooming and Easter egg hunts. In summer it’s all about eating ice cream at the beach and picnics in the countryside. Autumn dazzles when the trees turn bright red and orange, and winter brings snow, sledging and cosy nights in front of a roaring fire. What is not to love?!

🙂 The “Season”: Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, Henley Regatta & Polo. Greenery. Humour. Fish & Chips. Cream teas with scones & jam. Full English Breakfast. The BBC. The countryside: Lake District. Peak District, Yorkshire Moors. The GBP£. Quaint pubs. Pimms & Lemonade. History. Architecture. The weather.

🙁 London traffic. Litterbugs.

Currency: GBP £

THREE things we did not know about England:

  1. London’s transportation system is one of the oldest in the world – and also one of the largest. The 272 functioning stations of the London Underground boast over 450 escalators (the longest is at Angel in north London), but there are another 40 stations that aren’t even used anymore. That’s before mentioning the 9,300 famous red buses and their 19,000 bus stops!
  2. Stonehenge, located in the south-west of England and one of the UK’s most famous tourist attractions, Stonehenge was believed to be created in around 3000BC, meaning it’s older than Egypt’s pyramids.
  3. You might have heard about people turning 100 getting a telegram from the Queen. In the modern day, it’s actually a personalised card, and it’s not just limited to your hundredth birthday. In fact, in the United Kingdom, you can apply for one for your 105th birthday too – and for each birthday year after you turn 105.

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