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Dreaming Of… England

England

Taking a trip around Europe has been a long-term dream of mine. After passing up the opportunity to study abroad in college, I’ve regretted the decision so many times. However, now that I am settled in with a job and a steady lifestyle after graduating, I am in the process of building a tentative itinerary of what I’d like to do next Spring! So with a travel buddy in mind and an endless list of things we want to do, I’ve decided to pick out the top 10 places I want to see and things to do per destination.

Our first stop: England

Stonehenge1. Stonehenge

How can I fly all the way to the England and not stop by to see one of the ancient wonders of the world? This titanic monument is thought to have been erected in the late Neolithic period (~2500 BC) and helps archeologists understand the ceremonial and mortuary practices of the Bronze Age. It’s incredible to think that this stone circle was built without any modern day tools which makes lifting and stacking large, heavy materials so easy. It makes me realize that we cannot underestimate the power and knowledge of the civilization that existed long before our time.

Buckingham Palace2. The Buckingham Palace

This is one of the most iconic things that comes to mind when I think of England. Although it is currently the London residence and workplace for the monarchy of the U.K., you can still visit the palace for a tour including the State Rooms, Queen’s Gallery, garden and more.

London Eye3. London Eye

Located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, this giant ferris wheel is also known as the Millennium Wheel. Standing well over 44o ft., you’ll get an amazing view of the city especially since this ride operates after sunset for a completely different experience day and night. It is currently the highest ferris wheel in Europe and offers the highest viewing point in London.

Big Ben4. Big Ben

Originally known as the Elizabeth tower, Big Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the tower. It was completed in 1895 after a fire destroyed the Palace of Westminster and the people decided the new Houses of Parliament should include a tower and a clock. Although visitors are not allowed inside the tower, this is still considered a famous landmark representing the country. You could also check out Westminster Abbey while you’re there to see the Gothic church located just west of the Palace of Westminster.

Tower Bridge5. Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge is a suspension bridge expanding over the River Thames and offers its visitors a stunning, panoramic view of the city about 138 ft. above the river. There is also a historical, photography exhibit to help educate the visitors of the bridge.

Windsor Castle6. Windsor Castle

The Windsor Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in the world, serving as a home to the British royal families for over 1,000 years; it is the official residence of the Queen. The tour of the castle features magnificent state rooms, St. George’s Chapel, rotating special exhibitions and of course, the palace guards.

Natural History Museum7. Natural History Museum

This museum is one of three of the largest museums in the area along with the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. It boasts a vast collection of some 80 million specimens  in categories of botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. If you’re a fan of life and Earth science, this is definitely a place you won’t want to miss when you’re visiting London, not to mention, it’s free to see some of the exhibits!

London Pub8. London Pubs

When you’re busy traveling on foot, it’s no doubt that food sounds amazing at any point. Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or that perfect pint of beer, stopping by to check out a gastropub is always a good idea. In this day and age, Yelp! can be a trusty source when it comes to browsing for a new eatery around town but doing some of your own research before hand can save you time on the road and help you find what the locals love.

Tea Rooms9. Tea Rooms

I don’t think my trip to England would be complete without stopping by a quaint, tea room for some afternoon delight. I prefer my afternoon rush of caffeine in the form of coffee, but this experience, complete with the cute, little tea sandwiches, just can’t be overlooked. Now, I’ll go have to do some research on proper tea room etiquette!

Chunnel to Paris10. Taking the Chunnel to Paris

This underwater Channel Tunnel leads travelers from London straight to Paris without the hassle of flying out of an airport. It stretches beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover, the train through the chunnel will lead you directly to Paris in 2 hours and 15 minutes. This will leave us with more time to spend in the city of love!

{Disclaimer: all photos were found via Google search, I do not own them!}

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    Sharon
    October 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Fun facts:
    1. That side of The Buckingham Palace is actually the back and contains the servants quarters.

    2. The Royals nicely encouraged (forced) the original owner of Buckingham Palace, a Duke to sell it to them.

    3. Big Ben is not the name of the clock tower but actually the name of the bell inside the tower. The tower’s actual name is The Elizabeth Tower.

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