A holiday in the British Isles will reward with a sensational contrast of the ancient and the ultra modern. Great Britain has some of the world's most popular holiday destinations. The atmosphere of historic cities, the pleasures of a seaside so different to our experience; the tranquillity of wild natural places, ancient monuments, country houses, castles, fishing rivers, architecture, and spectacular natural wonders. The British Isles have something for everyone in a comparatively compact package.
Although Great Britain technically encompasses England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Aussies tend to include Ireland (Eire) as well when referring to the region.
First port of call for most visitors is London. As the capital city of England and the largest city in the country it covers a vast area, but visitors are usually attracted first to the very centre, the City of London and the West End. It is here that many of the major tourist attractions are to be found; Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, Oxford Street, Harrods, Hyde Park and the West End theatres, but these are not, by any means, its only offering. And holidays in Great Britain aren’t only about London.
Think the wilds of the Scottish Highlands, or wild laughter at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, the bars and clubs that gave rise to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. How about a ploughman’s lunch with a warm pint in a country pub, or a 12 course degustation dinner in a Michelin starred restaurant in Bray? Maybe Shakespeare plays at the Globe theatre, or a taste of the craic in a pub in Temple Bar? Perhaps roaming the moors and quaint villages of the Lakes District, or cheering Manchester United as they beat Chelsea in a cliff hanger? Holidays in Great Britain are as diverse and full of opportunity as anywhere in the world.
Also popular as a launching pad into Europe, no matter what the taste, budget or ultimate destination, a British holiday will delight and reward with a lifetime of memories.
British fun facts
The first city in modern history to reach a population of one million was London in 1811
There is only one lake in Scotland, Lake Menteith, all other inland bodies of water are Lochs
The world’s longest railroad station name is in Wales; Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch.
FRANCE IN A MOTORHOME... THROUGH THE BIG CITIES AND LITTLE TOWNS
Monday 1st February 2010
Travel Counsellor: Heidi Winkley
Well, what can I say! France is BEAUTIFUL! Now I'm not talking about the bright city lights and beautiful architecture in Paris (yes, this was great to explore and very romantic), but I'm talking about the gorgeous countryside and regional towns. The locals are so friendly and helpful and the scenery is amazing!
There are so many gorgeous Chateau's to explore, with so much history behind the gorgeous old "castles" and many beautiful gardens which I could have explored for hours (if it wasn't so cold). We had fun learning our French and discovering the French supermarkets (with all the yummy yoghurt, chocolate and produce),the road rules and expensive toll ways. What an easy European country to travel around on our own.
Some of the highlights of my France trip would have to be:
*Le Mont St Michel on a tidal island in Normandy, dates back as far as the 6th Century - Waking up to the view out our Motorhome window of this enchanting ex Saint-Michel monastry was just amazing. At night... view full story
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