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2016 Jan by Jonathan Daverso
January 4-10, 2016
School trip to Wroxton College, Wroxton, Oxfordshire, England.
Visited Banbury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, London, Windsor. |
2015 Jun by Magne Zander Løkken
I was a student in University of Reading in the school year of 02-03. Previously I had visited the country three times; one time by ferry when I was a child, Hull I believe, 92 on a roadtrip through England, Benelux and France, visiting mostly London. And visiting London as a school trip in 98. While I studied in Reading I traveled a lot in the breaks. One trip to Devon and Cornvall, visiting Salisbury with Stonehenge,Exeter, Plymouth, Lands End and Bath. Another trip going to Newport and Cardiff Wales, Shrewsbury, Manchester and Isle of Man. Another trip on ferry going with my granddad to york, Edinburgh and Inverness. The last trip with my mum to Bath, Glouster, Cheltenham, Chester, Nottingham and Lincoln. Lincoln is one of my favourites. I have also been to Oxford and now last year Bristol attending av wedding in Wales. I love England. So much to do and so much to see! |
2013 Nov by Carlos Anies
London 2006,2007, 2011 - Bristol 2013 |
2013 Oct by Peter Mathews
I believe it\\\'s very important to try and understand our own countries (the good and the bad).|
I have seen quite a bit of England and it still amazes me that a country this small could have had such an effect on this planet (mostly good, some iffy). I continue to be amazed that so many people and countries fell under the domain of the British/English, be that good or bad. I often wonder how the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and others would be if they had been colonised by the Spanish, Dutch, French or whomever. One thing that I have realised is that the English/British Empire was a reasonably benign one based mostly on trade (obviously there were problems lots of the time). That contrasts to other countries whose empires were built on conquer and convert (particularly the Spanish). Much of that \\\"conversion\\\" was done at the end of a gun barrel. Feel free to let me know if you disagree, just be polite and constructive.
This nation has been responsible for many of the basic fundamentals of life as we know them today. Of course it\\\'s not all perfect but it truly amazes and staggers me that so much came from here. Of course, there are various reasons why so much came from here and there is much evidence of it throughout this land. We\\\'ve a fascinating history and for various reasons, that history has been partly responsible for the world we have today.
That sort of history is reflected greatly all over this green (because of the rain) and pleasant (mostly) land. Especially in London. Of course there\\\'s the famous stuff, but there\'s SO SO much more to this country than Big Ben, Stonehenge, Buckingham Place, James Bond, Harrod\\\'s, Mr. Bean, William Shakespeare, Harry Potter, David Beckham, Rolls Royces, One Direction, Susan Boyle, the Beatles and whatnot. What is often under-estimated is the sheer beauty of this country. No doubt most of you are thinking of the rain, but take it from me, there is much beauty within our borders. We\'ve some lovely beaches but no matter when you visit, the water is almost always going to be cold. Surfers take note.
Due to the vast amount of immigrants that have entered England over the decades, this is an incredibly multi-cultured country and that allows many, many cultural opportunities to take place here. It\\\'s fantastic and I really enjoy that part of this country. Apparently, there are about 300 languages represented in London by its inhabitants!!
It is probably fair to say that in the great majority of England, nowhere is more than a couple of miles away from a Chinese and Indian take away restaurant. If you like that sort of food, then try and visit Southall in West London (although you\\\'ll think that you\\\'re in Calcutta) or the fantastic Brick Lane in east London. Kebab shops are all over England and so to, are fish & chips take aways. If you\'re into spending silly amounts of money, then London and the surrounding area offer you plenty of opportunities to dine your money away. I\'m thinking of places like the Fat Duck in Bray (by Windsor) and of course, there\\\'s always afternoon tea at Claridge\\\'s, the Dorchester and many others. One of my favourite restaurants is \\\"Rules\\\". It\\\'s the oldest restaurant in London, it\\\'s in Covent Garden and it\\\'s English food, but (fear not), it\\\'s English food cooked very, very well. Cuisine like venison and stuff like that. Oh, I loved the summer pudding there. Absolutely incredible. Plus, the fish and chips are served in the Financial Times. How cool is that?? Health and safety, eat your heart out!! By the way, Rules is furnished in the oldie type English decor (lots of old photos and dead animal heads on the wall)and is one of the places where Lillie Langtry and King Edward the 7th misbehaved.
Pop music buffs can visit Liverpool, home of the Beatles or, even go to Sir Paul McCartney\\\\\\\'s present home (by Lords cricket ground and Abbey Road Studios) and do some stalking!! No, I\\\\\\\'m not telling you his address (yes, I do know it). There\\\\\\\'s also the Royal Albert Hall, the Globe Theatre for Shakespeare buffs, over 40 West End theatres, oodles of opera and that sort of thing. Or, there are often free cultural events in Trafalgar Square or just walk along the South Bank. It truly is an endless list. I\\\\\\\'m trying hard not to be London centric here, but it has to be said that there is SSSSOOOO much in London. It\\\\\\\'s a great city to visit and live.
Fancy visiting the offices of James Bond? Well, the Jolly Green Giant MI6 (Babylon-On-Thames) building is not far from the Oval cricket ground but I doubt they\\\\\\\'ll let you in!!
We have some of the greatest museums on the planet (mostly free, except for special exhibitions), we have the world\\\\\\\'s most important language and we have been responsible for many \\\\\\\"firsts\\\\\\\" of some very important and fundamental stuff. It\\\\\\\'s a very long list and examples such as the police (not the rock group), jet engines, radar, Magna Carta, railways, hovercraft, vaccinations, longtitude, postal services (including the world\\\\\\\'s first postage stamp), parliamentary type democracy, modern nursing, the boy scouts + girl guides, the Salvation Army, the industrial revolution, the RSPCA, the first traffic lights (and related accident!!), telephones, broadcast television signals, penicillin, the search for longtitude, BTU\\\\\\\'s, modern computers and much scientific/artistic/sporting/exploration achievements come to mind. This country is responsible for some hugely important scientific discoveries, many of which are of the utmost importance to the world that we live in today. Let\\\\\\\'s not forget that the World Wide Web itself was invented by an Englishman (Tim Berners-Lee). Indeed, the very essence of life itself, DNA, was figured out in Cambridge, some 50 miles north of London. I still find it amazing that football spread out from England to almost every part of our planet and is today the world\\\\\\\'s most popular sport. Indeed, 4 of this planet\\\\\\\'s top 10 sports were coded in this country. For a partial list of some of the inventions that have come from England (not Britain), check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_inventions_and_discoveries. What that means to visitors is that besides the famous sights here, why not take a trip to Isaac Newton\\\\\\\'s home or perhaps visit the Michael Faraday Museum. USA visitors might want to visit Virginia Wharf in east London, the place from which some early colonists departed from, to what was to become modern day USA. Or perhaps go to visit Selby Abbey just outside of York. There can be discovered an interesting history of the Washington family and the Stars and Stripes. Australian and New Zealand visitors may want to go up to Whitby and explore the home of Captain Cook. How about a trip to Ironbridge in Shropshire to walk over the world\\\\\\\'s first iron bridge and one of the most (if not thee) important sites of the Industrial Revolution.
One of my absolute favourite things to do in London is to go on one of the many guided walks. They\\\\\\\'re cheap and very interesting. There\\\\\\\'s a very large choice and if you pick the right walk, you may even find yourself in the land of Harry Potter.
However, if you do visit, try and make it when the weather\\\\\\\'s in your favour. Although, I think that\\\\\\\'s not important in cities like London as there\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s so much to experience indoors.
Finally: BIG BEN. There seems to be a worldwide mistake as to what Big Ben actually is. It is not the tower on one end of the Houses of Parliament. Big Ben is the name of the bell at the top of that tower. You cannot see Big Ben from the street, you have to go up the tower itself. There are tours available and I went on one in 2007. The tour was free and lasted about an hour. The tours normally book up months in advance and if you want to go on a tour, you have to plan accordingly. UK citizens have to go through our MP\\\\\\\'s. Despite all of that, I enjoyed the tour and recommend you go on it if you can. One thing, the tours start at half past the hour and the idea is to walk up to Big Ben itself. There are a couple of stops along the way. You get to Big Ben at about 5 minutes to the hour. There\\\\\\\'s a short talk, you then put on the supplied earplugs and prepare to be deafened as Big Ben strikes (the earplugs help a bit). If you\\\\\\\'re into hearing and seeing Big Ben strike, then it\\\\\\\'s best to take one of the morning tours as Big Ben will strike more. On the afternoon tours, you\\\\\\\'ll only get to hear/see Big Ben strike either 1 to 3 times, depending on what tour you\\\\\\\'re on and therefore, what time you reach Big Ben.
By the way: Junius mate (the post in the England category below this one); I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m not sure how you could have seen everything in London if you were only there for 9 days. Swear to God, that\\\\\\\'s just enough for the British Museum!!
2013 Oct by Bodo Christ
My Last Trip to England was to Lundy Island i North Devon, befördert i have been in Stonehenge and Bath ob October 2011.
Stonehenge is very nice early in the Morning, before the Tourist Invasion really starts.
It. is not so impressive, like i guessed, but worth to see.
Bath is a must, it. is really beautiful and historic. |
2012 Jul by Michael Novins
[On MTP, England should be divided into its nine regions]|
In July 2012 I visited Nottingham, where I drank at three of the oldest pubs in England: Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem (http://www.triptojerusalem.com/), Ye Olde Salutation Inn (http://www.salutationpub.com/) and The Bell Inn (http://www.bellinnnottingham.co.uk/).
East of England:
In December 2011 I visited Cambridge, including the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (the geology museum of the University of Cambridge) and King's College Chapel, and had lunch at The Eagle, originally opened in 1667 and where Francis Crick announced in 1953 that he and James Watson had "discovered the secret of life" after they had come up with their proposal for the structure of DNA.
I have made several dozen trips to London, first in September 1992 and most recently in April 2009, November 2010, November 2011 and July 2012. I have visited most of the city's major museums, including those that concentrate on archaeology (British Museum and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology), art (National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Victoria and Albert Museum) and natural history (Natural History Museum and the Grant Museum of Zoology). I have stayed at a few of the city's historic hotels, including Claridge's, Dukes Hotel, the Connaught, the Hyde Park Hotel, the Langham and the Great Western Royal Hotel. London has an undeserved reputation as a poor dining destination, and some of my favorite restaurants are its most historic: Rules (established in 1798 and London's oldest restaurant), Simpson's-in-the-Strand (1828), Quality Chop House (1870s), Sweetings (1889), Gordon's Wine Bar (1890), J. Sheekey (1896), the Ivy (1917), Veeraswamy (1926 and the oldest Indian restaurant in the United Kingdom), Geales (1939 and my favorite fish-and-chip restaurant), Mon Plaisir (established in the 1940s and the city's oldest French restaurant), Le Caprice (1947) and the Gay Hussar (1953). In November 2005 I visited Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Royal Observatory (the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line), where I had an eel lunch at Goddard's Pies, established in 1890 (http://www.pieshop.co.uk/). In November 2010 I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
North West England:
I have visited Manchester several times (May and December 2006 and August 2009). My favorite place to stay is The Midland, opened in 1903 and most famous for being the meeting place of Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce leading to the formation of Rolls-Royce Limited in 1906, and to eat is Mr. Thomas's Chophouse, established in 1872. In August 2009 I also visited Liverpool, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Chester, which is known for its black-and-white architecture.
South East England:
In November 2005 I traveled to Bray to have lunch at The Fat Duck (which at the time was named the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine) (http://www.thefatduck.co.uk/). In November 2010 I visited Oxford, where I had lunch at the Bear Inn, one of the oldest public houses in Oxford, dating back to 1242, and visited several of Oxford's excellent museums, including the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (which displays the most complete remains of a single dodo anywhere in the world), the Museum of the History of Science (which displays a blackboard that Albert Einstein used during his lectures while visiting Oxford in 1931) and the Ashmolean Museum. Just outside Oxford I visited Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In November 2011 I visited Canterbury, including the Canterbury Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
South West England:
In 2000, I visited the City of Bath and Stonehenge, both of which are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Salisbury Cathedral, which has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom. In November 2011 I visited Lyme Regis, where I walked along the Monmouth Beach section of the Axmouth-Lyme Regis Undercliffs, part of the Dorset and East Devon Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site (better known as the Jurassic Coast).
In July 2012 I visited Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace and Church of the Holy Trinity, his place of baptism and burial) and Birmingham, where I drank at The Old Crown, the oldest inn and oldest extant secular building in Birmingham (http://www.theoldcrown.com/).
2012 Jun by Andy Cook
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2011 Oct by Carl Smart
I was born in England and have spent most of my life in England. I have visited many nice places in England some of note would be London, Cornwall Newquay was great for surffing, Portsmouth visit HMS Victory/Mary Rose, Bath, Matlock Bath, North Norfolk coast, Suffolk, Blackpool, Weymouth, Eastbourne, Cambridge, Bournemouth, York, Ely, Canterbury, Nottingham, Lincoln. Duxford in Cambridgeshire has great number of planes to look around. Isle of Wight has some very nice places Alum bay was nice went on a chairlift. |
2011 Feb by Felix Supertramp
Short-trip with a cheap flight from Bremen. Saw the most recent parts of Liverpool and drank a lot of Ale. |
2010 Nov by Franklin Murillo
I traveled on Air New Zealand to London in business class, nice experience. This was a company fam, so we stayed at five star hotels. The first was the Four Seasons Hampshire outside of London, relaxing and a great culinary experience. The next hotel was the Dorchester in London, great location across from Hyde Park. This was the first time I really enjoyed the English food, the meals from breakfast to dinner were superb. We were lucky that it was chilly but not raining while we toured London with a private guide. We flew back to LAX on Air New Zealand this time in coach class.
We drove our rental car from Cardiff Wales to Bath and spent a few hours enjoying this historic city. This was Sunday and we drove into London, the highway heading east was so crowded it took us twice the time to get in. For the next two nights we were staying at the Stafford Hotel London. There was no more need for my rental car so I dropped it off at Hertz Marble Arch. On this visit we toured the Tower of London, Temple Church, and the UNESCO National Maritime Museum Greenwich. We found our way to the famous Brick Lane to enjoy some Indian food. We departed LHR airport on Air New Zealand back to LAX.
We depart LAX on American Airlines flying non stop into London Heathrow. We checked into the Savoy hotel (since 1889) for only one night, and walked around London visiting various sites. This was just for a stop over since our main destination was the Dalmation coast. We departed from London Gatwick airport to Ljubljana Slovenia on Adria Airways.
We flew on American Airlines from LAX to London nonstop. We had a two night stay at the Hotel Ritz located at Green Park where we could easily get to all the attractions in the city. David Blaine the magician was suspended in the air for several weeks. It seemed more like torture that a magic trick just sitting up there bored in a plastic box. We had two places to visit on this trip, the first was Worcester. Every year they hold Vanfest a big weekend event for Volkswagen buses. Next stop was to go to Bath where we spent the night at the St Francis hotel. After 5 days of traveling though this area we flew from London Heathrow to Dubai on British Airways.
I flew in from Amsterdam to London Heathrow on KLM airlines. I was meeting some family members here so we could travel around England. While I waited a few days for the family to arrive I did the usual touring around London. I visited Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, British Museum, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and Harrods. This was a month after Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed died in the car accident in Paris. At Harrods they had pictures of both of them and a beautiful memorial in a display window. During this time I stayed a budget accommodation called Curzon House Hotel. When the family arrived we headed west toward Salisbury where we stayed in a very nice hotel which was more like a townhome. Since we were in this area we visited Stonehenge, Salisbury cathedral, Avebury, Beaulieu the national motor museum, Bath, Bath postal museum, and many other places. The last few nights we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. Since I did not like coach class on American Airlines I flew back to LAX with TWA in first class.
2010 Mar by Chris Lewis
I grew up in Devon in the South West of England. It's a beautiful rural area with a spectacular coast line. My home town Bideford is now a quiet town near the estuary of the Torridge River but in the past it was one of the biggest ports in England.|
"Bideford Quay was first built in 1663 by the corporation. By the end of the 17th century the town had a large share in the Newfoundland trade, sending out more ships in 1699 than any other port except London and Topsham. Above all, it was the tobacco trade with Maryland and Virginia which made the largest Bideford fortunes, a trade which was at its height c. 1680-1730, and ceased about 1760. It was during this period that Bideford became the leading port in North Devon, far surpassing its ancient rival of Barnstaple. The handsome houses in Bridgeland Street (c. 1690- 1700) and the Royal Hotel, at East-the-Water, formerly a merchant's house, testify to the wealth of these days. One after another, however, Bideford's over-seas trades dwindled or collapsed, mostly as a result of the incessant wars of the 18th century, and partly because of the collapse of the woollen industry in the county. By the early 19th century only a coasting trade remained."
2008 Nov by Frank J Britton
Must have visited England a dozen times. Last time was with my son to see Manchester United play Bolton Wanderers in a league game, 4-1 to United. Left home at 4am to catch bus from Cavan and ferry from Dublin to Holyhead and arriving Manchester at 1.30pm. Returned home following day.
First went to England in July 1970 with two school friends. Travelled over on ferry Belfast to Heysham, Lancashire. Almost got fleeced on board by card sharp who, no doubt, saw three country boys a mile away. Learned a valuable lesson. Spent summer in London working at a variety of jobs-building site, pubs, furniture factory. Remember the music- Make It With You, Bread, Mama Told Me (Not to Come),Three Dog Night, All Right Now, Free.
Returned May 1973 from Africa. Stayed London and worked Sherborne,Dorset on big estate farm until September when headed off to Brittany and Paris ,and back to Ireland.
Brief visit to London February 1974 en route to continental Europe and Asia.
Arrived back London end 1975 and stayed until 1978 working and visiting Lake District, York, Stonehenge, Windsor, North Downs, New Forest, Exmoor and so much of London.
During 1980-2000 made number visits to places such as Newcastle,
Manchester, Bath, Cornwall, Stratford on Avon, Oxford, Norwich, Milton Keynes. |
2008 Feb by Walter Jackson
We moved to the UK in the beginning of 2005, so we have been here for 3 years. We lived in a hamlet called Bendish near Hitchin for a few months and then moved to a village called Great Chesterford just south of Cambridge. We love living here because we have such a great life in the village. We are very active in the community with the local cricket club and commitee. Through this we have made many friends and integrated fully with the local tribes.|
We moved here to explore Europe, since South Africa is too far to travel from. We have been in most counties during weekend breaks and I believe they should be seperately marked on this list. We have also been to Wales, Scotland and Ireland to complete the obvious trips. Now we are starting to explore the rest of Europe.
It won't let me select currently live in England!
2007 Aug by Veikko Huhtala*
I have arrived to England mostly by airplane, four times by ferry, from Oostende, Guernsey and twice from Isle of Man also. Last time we went by train Brussels to London. England has more than 50 million people, and from this amount at least every seventh lives in the capital London, which is one of the biggest cities in Europe. Underground is the best way travel around city, because at rush time traffic is terrible and it takes much time by taxi or bus. Dover is the main port for people coming from continent of Europe. England is very conservative country and they still have left hand traffic. They still have their own money also, not Euro as in many others European countries. I think that main reason is, that England is located on the island. Anyway, it is always nice to visit there, although it is a little bit too expensive to stay there. |
2007 Jul by Leopold Kleedorfer
Went many times to England, and the British Islands in general. By train, bus, renting a car, flying in smal planes... many options there. Cornwall and Land´s End are very beautiful. On the way to Lundy and the Isles of Scilly. |
2007 Mar by Leo Koolhoven
In 1974 I visited England for the first time. It took till 1990 before I came back to England. In the last years, as a part of my work by Desch Plantpak, I frequently did go to England because we had two factories in England.|
2006 Aug by Jorge Sanchez
All the young Europeans go to England to learn English and at the same time they look for a job. Me too, when I was 18 years old. While in London I lived in a cheap flat in Earl’s Court shared with more Spaniards, and I used to make frequent three or four days excursions to interesting places nearby, such as the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, Edinburgh, Liverpool, etc. In the Isle of Wight I worked in a pastry shop preparing cakes.One of the places visited lately that impressed me more during my last stay in England was Stonehenge, in Salisbury plains, near a village called Durrington.I tried to sleep inside the site, but a guardian did not allow me. (I am very fond of sleeping in special places, like in the chakras of the Earth). Then I walked a few metres, opened my sleeping bag and slept on the grass gazing at the stones without the guardian objecting. I woke up early, before dawn, the guardian was not there anymore and I could enter and enjoy the place completely alone and even slept for a while more in the centre of the most internal concentric circle, the forth one, formed by the enormous Megaliths.The feeling was overwhelming.Druids’ followers regularly perform ancient ceremonies in Stonehenge.
In the year 2016 I traveled again to England, and apart from visiting Newcastle, Durham cathedral, York, Nottingham and Cambridge, I reached Canterbury where I started the VIA FRANCIGENA pilgrimage, on foot, and that first day I made 31 kilometers, until Dover, where I boarded a ferry to Calais, in France, to continue my pilgrimage until Rome. This is what I wrote about my pilgrimage the first day: I arrived by train from London to Canterbury. It was my intention to sleep that night in Canterbury and then next day would start on foot the pilgrimage until Dover.
The Via Francigena is a pilgrimage of about 1800 kilometers, from canterbury to Rome, following the steps of father Sigeric the Serious, who at the end of the X century walked from Canterbury to the Vatican during 80 days, making and average of 20 kilometers per day.
Since there are no shelters per pilgrims in Canterbury, I slept in the street, under a ATM.
At 9 AM they opened the cathedral, went inside, assisted to the Mass and then was given the blessing plus a stamp in my Pilgrim\'s Credential.
Just before leaving Canterbury I entered the oldest church in England, called Saint Martin.I walked along the road until the village of Patrixbourne. As from there the path was muddy, hard to walk. I had to stop often to remove the mud from ny boats. That took me a lot of time.
Anyway I reached Dover before darkness. Then I walked to the pier and boarded a ferry to Calais, in France, to continue my pilgrimage...............................
AND NOW IN SPANISH LANGUAGE: He de reconocer que más que visitar otro sitio UNESCO, mi intención al viajar a Canterbury fue iniciar el peregrinaje de la Vía Francígena. Ello no quitó el que visitara todos los lugares inscritos como Patrimonio de la Humanidad, tanto la catedral, como la abadía de San Agustín y la iglesia de San Martín, además de otros lugares no contemplados por UNESCO que alberga la fascinante ciudad de Canterbury.
El primer día de la Vía Francígena no me fue fácil. Son sólo 31 kilómetros, pero hay que hacerlos de un tirón, hasta Dover, ya que no hay donde pernoctar durante el camino.
Iba siguiendo la ruta de Sigerico el Serio, el arzobispo de Canterbury que a finales del siglo X emprendió a pie el peregrinaje a Roma, lo que le tomó 80 días con etapas de 20 kilómetros, o un total de unos 1.800 kilómetros.
Era enero del 2016, invierno. Como no existen albergues de peregrinos en Canterbury había dormido sobre un cartón bajo un cajero automático callejero, y no me mojé sino que dormí plácidamente, pues el sonido de la lluvia me sirvió de nana.
A las 9 de la mañana abrieron la catedral de Canterbury a través de un portal majestuoso. Asistí a la misa anglicana y recibí la bendición del peregrino. Tras ello me dirigí a la catedral católica, a pocos pasos de la anglicana, y también solicité la bendición del párroco católico, por si acaso, pues más vale que sobren bendiciones que no que falten.
En ambas catedrales sellaron mi Credencial del Peregrino.
A la salida de Canterbury me detuve en una cafetería para tomarme un buen desayuno inglés, ya que pensé que hasta la noche no volvería a comer (de hecho me equivoqué pues por los huertos del camino recogería rábanos, riquísimos, que me comería mientras caminaba).
A la salida de Canterbury visité por unos minutos la iglesia de San Martín, la más antigua de Inglaterra, incluida, junto a la catedral, en el Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO, y tras ello seguí el camino hasta un poblado llamado Patrixbourne, antes de internarme por el follaje por más de 20 kilómetros. Había tanto barro campo a través que cada poco rato debía hacer un alto para limpiar mis mocasines. Ello aminoró mi marcha.
Me perdí dos veces. La Vía Francígena no está tan bien organizada ni señalizada como el Camino de Santiago. Una vez oí disparos de escopetas, eran cazadores matando pájaros; había entrado en un coto de caza sin darme cuenta. Y otra entré en la autopista y la Policía me detuvo y me depositó de nuevo en el camino,
Así y todo logré alcanzar Dover poco antes del anochecer, cansado por tantas paradas para limpiarme el barro. Una vez en esa ciudad costera caminé hasta el puerto y pocas horas más tarde crucé al Canal de la Mancha.
En Calais, ya en Francia, el peregrinaje se haría más benigno, pero no lo concluiría hasta Roma sino que varias etapas más adelante lo interrumpiría y regresaría a Hospitalet de Llobregat, en mi querida España, para proseguir la Vía Francígena más adelante.
DURHAM: El billete de autobús para recorrer los aproximadamente 40 kilómetros que distan entre Newcastle upon Tyne y Durham, me costó sólo 6 libras esterlinas.
La estación de autobuses estaba localizada sobre una colina. Desde ella se advertía enfrente, en la cima de otra colina cercana, la majestuosa vista del castillo más la catedral de Durham, a orillas del río Wear.
Descendí una colina y ascendí la otra. De pronto me encontré en una plaza con monumentos sólidos, poderosos, regios; me pareció que todo el conjunto era más bien militar, defensivo, y su aspecto era inexpugnable. Un signo de UNESCO me indicaba que me hallaba ante un Patrimonio de la Humanidad (World Heritage Site). La Oficina de Turismo también se encontraba allí en esa plaza, y en su anuncio lucía otro emblema de UNESCO.
Entré en el castillo, pero a los pocos minutos un portero me advirtió muy amablemente que la entrada era de pago, exactamente 7 libras. Retrocedí hasta la entrada; no estaba para pagar ese dinero.
El ingreso a la catedral era gratuita. Justo iba a comenzar un servicio religioso, lo que deduje al oír el sonido de campanas. Junto al altar una joven sacerdotisa le estaba tocando las campanas al cura. Hablé con ellos dos y me permitieron hacer fotos en el interior, a la nave, el órgano, las vidrieras y la capilla custodiando el cadáver incorrupto de San Cuthbert, el mayor santo del norte de Inglaterra, según afirmaba un letrero (the greatest saint of the North of England). Aunque San Cuthbert había nacido el siglo VII en una isla del norte de Inglaterra, por temor al ataque y saqueo de los vikingos fue trasladado a Durham.
Cuando llegaron los feligreses me incorporé al servicio. Entre los asistentes había peregrinos. Supe entonces que esa catedral era meta final de peregrinajes.
Al acabar la misa me recreé aún por un tiempo por el centro de la ciudad de Durham, tras lo cual subí a la colina de la estación de autobuses para dirigirme a otro sitio UNESCO: Canterbury.
YORK: I left the railway station of York and just in front I saw the walls of the town. I asked for the downtown and was signaled a street across the river to the Tower Lendal. I followed it and soon found the Catholic Church of St Wilfred. There was a Holy Gate for the jubilee of Mercy. I entered the church through that gate, on a side of the church, and once inside I bought a candle that I immediately lighted. A priest saw me and we talked about that church and showed me the list of the martyrs of the english reformation, from the years 1537 to 1680. Many of them have been recognized as martyrs by the Catholic Church.It was sad to read that list.
Just in front of the catholic church I saw the anglican cathedral., called Minster It was huge. All the tourists (many chinese) were concentrated in that square, all taking pictures of the cathedral.I entered inside to have a look. You could even climb a tower (for a price) which I did not.Outside the cathedral I found the statue of Constantine the Great. I took some pictures of him. He was a Roman Emperor at the beginning of the IV century. In that monument it was written that he was proclaimed Roman Emperor in York in the year 306.
There are so many tourists attractions in York that you may well spend a few days there without getting bored. But I only had half a day, so I just walked around the streets, admiring the beautiful houses, I climbed the walls, visited other historical buildings and Roman ruins, and then, after four hours or so, I headed on foot to the railways station to continue my travel around England.
NOTTINGHAM: I only had half a day to visit Nottingham, since I would spend that night elsewhere in the south. So from the railway station I walked to the downtown to walk during this half a day discovering the main tourist attractions.I arrived to a castle, located on a promontory, and besides I saw the statue devoted to Robin Hood and several other personages. I took some pictures. On one plaque was written that Robin Hood was the Master of Disguise.That castle looked nice from the gatehouse, but the entrance fee was excessive for my pocket, so finally I did not enter, in spite of its nice location, for which is known as the Castle Rock.Another tourist attraction was the caves. but again I was travelling on a budget and did not want to spend money in visiting them. Perhaps I was wrong but I could not even afford sleeping in a hotel during the night, but instead I looked for train stations or gardens to sleep inside my sleeping bag and eating turkish Kebaps and food that I bought in supermarkets.I had flown to England thanks to a low cost airline, otherwise I could not have afforded to visit that expensive country (for a Spaniard in my conditions).I followed my walk and soon reached the cathedral, then a pedestrian street and some imposing buildings, like the Council House and almost next door the Church of Saint Peter with St James..In short, my about four hours were very well spent and had pleasure discovering fine buildings.End of the afternoon I left Nottingham by bus to Cambridge.................................
CAMBRIDGE: I could not stay longer in Cambridge, only one night, what I regret, but I had a main goal, to reach as soon as possible Canterbury to start on foot my pilgrimage to Rome, called Via Francigena. I was waiting a midnight bus to London Kings Cross area (with the bus company National Express)Since in winter darkness starts very soon in England, at about 6PM I could not see much of the city, so I spent about 6 hours in an area called Grafton Quarter.In spite of being cold (january 2016) there were many people in the streets, the restaurants and cafeterias were open and filled with customers. When I got hungry, I entered an Indian restaurant to eat spicy chicken.I saw an anglican church but since I am catholic I did not want to bother during the Mass service, the central streets, and no much more. I missed the best of Cambridge, the University (King's College), St Bene't's Church, and a long etcetera. But, anyway, the little that I saw in Cambridge was better than nothing. |
2005 Apr by Rafael Hernandez Justel
One of the several trips we have made to Londoin with my pupils. This was the year when we saw Nicole Kidman |
2003 Jul by Ted Cookson
"Viewing HMS Bounty Artifacts on a Day Trip from London to Greenwich, England," written for the expatriate community in Cairo, Egypt by Ted Cookson in June 2005|
Maritime buffs can enjoy an interesting day trip from London to the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, which offers a number of attractions. Greenwich, literally the "green village," contains crooked lanes, bric-a-brac shops and bustling antique and flea markets. HMAS (Her Majesty's Armed Ship) Bounty and Pitcairn Island enthusiasts will be drawn in particular to the National Maritime Museum (NMM) and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG).
The NMM (http:\\www.nmm.ac.uk) is a state-of-the-art facility with fascinating displays on Britain's maritime past, present and future. Founded in 1934, this is the world's largest nautical museum, with a collection of over two million items. Its 20 galleries display some of the finest objects, covering many aspects of ships, seafaring and marine affairs. The museum is housed in historic buildings which were formerly a school for the sons of seamen.
A number of artifacts from the Bounty are showcased in the Trade and Empire gallery, including a coconut shell, a horn cup and a small weight used to measure out portions of food. Presumably these instruments were used by William Bligh and his loyalists on their lengthy longboat voyage. A worm-eaten piece of wood from the Bounty's rudder is displayed as are a corkscrew and a pipe said to have belonged to Bligh. A braided grey lock of mutineer John Adams' hair several inches long is also exhibited. Adjacent to that is John Adams' original grave marker from Pitcairn Island. John Adams was the last of the mutineers to die on Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific.
Although one of the museum's most fascinating Bounty-related items is not on display, it can be viewed easily upon application to the NMM's Caird Library. This library contains a copy of "The Log of HMS Bounty 1787-1789" by William Bligh. The volume in the museum is number 236 of a limited edition of 500 copies published in 1975 by Genesis Publications of Surrey, England. The book is a photographic reproduction of the original handwritten document which is held at the Public Records Office in Kew, England. Upon opening the Bounty log to page 248, visitors can read Bligh's own longhand account of the events of the mutiny on 28 April 1989.
Just across the park and up a small hill is the ROG (http://www.nmm.ac.uk/site/navId/005000002002),
which was founded in 1675 by King Charles II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The original purpose of the ROG was to provide accurate charts of the stars in order to improve navigation. Today this institution is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the prime meridian (longitude 0 degrees).
GMT, of course, is the basis of standard time throughout the world. The Shepherd gate clock at the ROG, installed in 1852 and still functioning, was the first public clock to display GMT. The ROG's red rooftop ball has dropped daily at precisely 1 p.m. since 1833. This used to assist mariners on the Thames to set their chronometers.
The prime meridian is the zero point which has been used in the calculation of terrestrial longitudes since 1884. Visitors may have their photographs taken at the meridian line while straddling two hemispheres.
On exhibit at the ROG are the four well-known marine timekeepers completed by John Harrison between 1735 and 1759. In addition, Larcum Kendall's second timekeeper is on display. This chronometer, known as K2, was built in 1771. A simplified and cheaper version of Harrison's H4 timekeeper, which itself dates to 1759, K2 was used by Captain Phipps on his Arctic voyage of discovery in 1773 and was later issued to William Bligh for use on the Bounty.
The Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site also includes some other places of general interest. The seventeenth-century Palladian Queen's House was England's first purely classical building. Designed by Inigo Jones in 1616 as a retreat for Anne of Denmark, queen to James I, the building was refurbished in 2001 and now provides well-lit galleries. The Queen's House contains the Tulip Stairs which date to 1635. This was Britain's first centrally unsupported spiral stairway.
The outstanding painted hall and chapel of the nearby Old Royal Naval College, originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1695 to house naval pensioners, are also open to the public. The buildings, which became the Royal Naval College in 1873, are said to be a Baroque masterpiece.
The hauntingly beautiful and much-visited Cutty Sark, launched in 1869 and the last of the China tea clipper ships, has been in dry dock at Greenwich Pier since 1954. Nearby, also in dry dock is Gipsy Moth IV, in which Sir Francis Chichester circumnavigated the world in 119 days in 1967.
Those who collect maritime history books will appreciate the existence of a nautical bookstore in Greenwich. Those not tempted by nautical books may enjoy browsing instead in one of Greenwich's four interesting bargain bookstores where every title is marked down to only Sterling 2.00.
Greenwich can be reached easily by riverboat in about an hour from Embankment Pier, Tower Millennium Pier, Waterloo Millennium Pier or Westminster Millennium Pier, all in central London. This has been called the best boat ride in London. Even Henry VIII arrived in Greenwich by boat on one of his hunting expeditions. Today visitors ride by the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the recently-developed Docklands area. Three miles downstream the Thames erupts into one of the most sublime sights of English architecture. Minutes later the masts and rigging of the Cutty Sark finally come into view.
And yet a day trip from London to Greenwich can be quite inexpensive. A round trip boat ticket is about Sterling 6.00 ($10.25). Or, for only Sterling 4.10 ($7.00), visitors to London may purchase a Day Travelcard valid for unlimited travel on the underground, buses and the modern Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in zones one and two. This pass may be purchased at certain main underground stations only after 9:30 a.m., and it is valid until 4:30 a.m. the following day.
More expensive versions of the Day Travelcard exist for those requiring travel in additional zones and/or travel on multiple days. The Travelcard is also sold at Heathrow Airport's tube stations after 9:30 a.m. Incidentally, holders of a Travelcard are entitled to one-third off the price of most riverboat services.
Visitors will find it convenient to change from the Jubilee Line of the underground to the DLR at Canary Wharf where only a short walk is required. It is best to alight from the DLR at the "Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich" station. Signs are posted to the various attractions in Greenwich. Admission is free to both the NMM and the ROG. Restaurants and sandwich shops in the compact area of maritime Greenwich enable visitors to spend an entire day there, including a lovely indoor lunch or a picnic outdoors in the park or near the pier.
For nearly 40 years I have been fascinated by the Mutiny on the Bounty saga and by Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific where the mutineers fled. In the early 1960s as a young teenager I read the Nordhoff and Hall Bounty Trilogy and then began collecting Pitcairn Island postage stamps. Recently I realized that it would be very easy for me to view some of the original artifacts relating to the Bounty saga. After visiting Greenwich, England in July 2003 I wrote the short article above.
I realize that most other people will not have the same level of interest as I have in the Bounty and in Pitcairn Island. Nevertheless I hope that this article may stimulate others to realize that, similarly, it might not be so difficult for them to visit locations or museums which may hold original artifacts relating to a topic which may be of interest to them.
2002 Apr by J. Stephen Conn
In April, 2002, my new bride, Karen, and I flew from Cincinnati, Ohio to London, England, to embark on a two week honeymoon around Great Britain. We chose to rent a car and in a way I was amazed that the rental agency didn\'t even ask me if I knew how to drive on the left side of the street. Actually, my only experience in doing so before had been in Trinidad and Tobago several years earlier.
We drove first to Cambridge, where we visited my cousin, Alan Wheeler, who was a student at Cambridge University at the time. It was a great place to sleep off our jet lag, and then have a \"local\" show us around for a couple of days. A highlight was punting on the Cam. I never knew until then that Cambridge was named for the bridge which crosses the Cam River there.
We chose not to make advance reservations for lodging, and were fortunate to be able to find reasonable rooms wherever we went. We had overnight visits to York and Bath, especially enjoying the historical sites in those cities. We then ventured north into Scotland, then on to Wales where we stayed in a medieval castle, but I will say more about those on the appropriate pages.
A side trip to Stonehenge was a must see on our bucket list. Then It was back to London to take in the sights of that City we had missed earlier. It happened to be the same time as the queen mum\'s funeral, and also the London Marathon, so London was crowded with visitors. Of the many sights we saw (Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and much more), I was especially determined to see the Tower of London. As fate would have it, we found ourselves standing on a corner across from the Tower, and the street was blocked by the Marathon which was in progress. We watched for an opening between the runners for several minutes, then finally made our dash across the closed street. As we did, a policeman yelled at us to go back, saying \"These people have waiting all year for this race, you\'ll have to come back tomorrow.\" I grabbed my wife\'s hand and kept running while I yelled back, \"I\'ve waited 54 years to see the Tower of London, and today is my only chance.\" I don\'t know what the onlookers thought of us rude Americans, but we loved our visit to their awesome city. |
1998 Jul by Alfredo Fournier-Beeche
This is another location very difficult to write about, beacuse it is so large and varied. Countries like England have made the history of the world and enriched the human being. It is impossible to deny their importance. My first time in London was in July 1978, after having been in West Canada working for a client. I would return several times for work o pleasure. Then, intention was to remain more days in London, but work comes first, thus I lost my hotel reservation. Following instruction from a friend, we took the "tube" to Victoria Station, but got out on the station before. As we surfaced, I found that there was a hotel on the other side of the street, the Ritz. I left Elizabeth with the bags and, since we had lost our reservations, I went in and asked the price of a room, which was not outrageous. I requested one and the attendant at the desk answered that I could not have one because I had no luggage, a supposition I quickly contradicted and asked whether a bell boy could go across the street to fetch my bags. Answer was that he doubted it, but I asked the bell boy anyway and he said yes, happy to earn extra tip. We did what the tourists do in London, beside riding funny taxis and double-decker buses: Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge, Tower of London, Picadilly Square, Lord Nelson's Staute at Trafalgar Square, Hide Park, Harrod's, and above all The National Gallery. Although it is not the biggest in the world, it is well balanced, with representative painting from most great masters, especially European. I was able to admire the excellent portrait of Charles I with his horse, painted by Sir Anthony van Dyck, the Flemish artist who became the painter for the Court and whose work I always liked and enjoyed. I normally do not take breakfast at the hotel I stay and one day I went out the Ritz and crossed the street and started walking. About fifty or seventy meters away, I saw a private gallery that had many paintings for sale, so I entered to satisfy my curiosity. Immediately, I saw a small landscape that I really liked and looked for the price, because it was really nice. It was FIVE HUNDRED AND FITY THOUSAND POUNDS. It was a Van Dyck. Needless to say that I did not buy. Coming from Buckingham Palace about mid day, walking through the park towards the hotel, the sun started to shine. Suddenly people started to take part of their clothes off and laid in the grass, to enjoy the feel the sun. I thought that maybe we take some things for granted, because we have them every day. |
1969 Jun by Ivan Davies
So i have been here since my birthdate above. I love my country and thought it more beneficial to members if I mentioned some of the lesser known places to visit aside from the obvious draws like London Manchester and Liverpool. Depending on your time here I would suggest an itinery that takes in the following counties. If you just have a week or so drive from the capital to the Cotswolds and take in the cities of Bath and Oxford. If you are here for 2 weeks or more spend some time in Cumbria in the north hoem to the Lake District and a short hop to Yorkshire where you can visit Durham or York. The other side of the country offers Devon and Cornwall as well as the Isle of Man and the Isle of White, The Scilly Isles and Lundy. Other notable places to visit could include our neighbours Wales and Scotland. Whilst in England eat fish and chips British Breakfasts and drink lots of real ale! I love it here! |