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England, United Kingdom
Say England and each person's mind congers up a different vision. Some are immediately transported back to time to the days of King Arthur, Camelot, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table and other folklore, like Robin Hood and the Merry Men of Sherwood. The Beattles may be a first thought, as one of the greatest pop bands of all time. If a film buff, Harry Potter or James Bond might be the first thing to come to mind. A foodie may immediately think of traditional dishes, such a Beef Wellington, steak and kidney pie, fish and chips or Yorkshire pudding. But, as a traveler, your mind transports you to the rolling hills of the countryside, glorious mountains, picture postcard villages and bustling urban centers in a country filled with historical sites and cultural attractions.
England is the largest and most populated country in the United Kingdom with over 53 million inhabitants. London, the capital, is the largest metropolitan area with a wide range of attractions from the historical Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey to Camden Town.
Inside or outside of the city there are a multitude of places to discover throughout the country, whether your interests lie in history, architecture, folklore, or the out of doors.
Some of the interesting historic locations in England that I visited include:
Bath, set in a rolling countryside, is a town of 18th century Gregorian architecture made of honey colored Bath stone and home to the ancient, mineral spring fed Roman Baths.
A Regency seaside resort and university town that sits on the shore of the English Channel that boasts a rich culture and lively nightlife. Brighton Pier is a highlight and Brighton Palace is not to be missed. Read more.
Camden Town and Camden Lock is a popular tourist destination filled with history and haven for counterculture.
A mysterious monument made up of a large circle of stones from the Neolithic and Bronze age in the countryside of Wiltshire County.
Windsor Castle is the official residence of the Queen and sits overlooking the town of Windsor that sits near the River Thames.