Why Visiting Britain Is A Great Idea

1) Easy Transport

Britain is roughly the size of Minnesota. With its small size, you can easily move and see different places. You can travel to Edinburgh from London in a mere 5 hours by train!

2) It has 30 UNESCO world heritage sites

Across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, you can see many world heritage sites That includes the Stonehenge, Giant’s Causeway, Hadrian’s Wall, and the Tower of London.

3) National Parks

Britain has 15 National Parks. Cairngorms Park in Scotland is the largest among them. Other parks are the New Forest in Hampshire and the Lake District north of England. Additionally, you can visit 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) across England and Wales.

4) Striking Coastlines

The coastline of the country measures 19,491 miles long, and there’s a ton of beautiful sights to see. And with Britain’s size, you can always reach a beach in two hours or less!

5) Charming Villages

Great Britain has many gems in the form of quaint villages. They’re relatively easy to reach, as they’re close by major towns. Some famous villages are Cotswolds, Polperro, and Robin Hood’s Bay.

6) Scenic Countryside

Drive a short way from any British city and you’ll find rolling hills, green farmlands, and postcard horizons. Rural Britain is relatively slow compared to its hectic cities! Just imagine driving down this road on your way to Handyman.

7) Seaside Escapades

The towns by the sea have long been British holiday spots. There are 900 donkeys on UK beaches, with those in Weston Super Mare famously present since 1886.

8) Lush Gardens

Britain is home to the world’s most meticulously grown gardens, especially those in British palaces and mansions. There are many botanic gardens to explore, such as the Eden Project in Cornwall, where you can find the largest indoor rainforest in the whole world!

9) Varied Cities

Britain’s lively cities has something for everyone. From London to Manchester, each city has its own personality. Officially, the UK has 66 cities, with many towns qualifying enough to be cities as well.

10) A Storied History

The UK has over 374,000 buildings, 1,500 castles, and 2,500 museums. You’d be spoiled for choice in exploring the nation’s rich past.

The Next UK Marriage

It’s nearly the end of December and it’s frigid outside for most of the country. But that’s not stopping people from getting married. Couples plan weddings many months in advance. They had no idea it would be so cold outside. New Years is also a popular day for couples to get married. But people get married every day. This is so here in America. It’s also the way it is in the UK. There are just so many people in these countries! Thousands will probably get married today, tomorrow, and the next day. So what am I talking about when I say the next UK marriage? I’m talking about the one that they are talking about in the news.

I’m talking about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The two recently announced their engagement. Most people have not heard of Meghan Markle before. She isn’t a complete unknown, however. She is a former actress, appearing on British television shows. Prince Harry, on the other hand, is known worldwide and recognized by face. He is the brother of Prince William and son of Princess Diana. Princess Dianna died when Harry was a small child. And so he was thrust upon the world via what seemed to be nonstop news at the time. But the coming event will be a much happier occasion for him.

If the wedding is anything like that of his brother, we can expect live coverage. There will be singing, cheering in the streets, and a glimpse of British history. Royal weddings in the UK are historical events. And if it’s like anything I’ve heard, it will be just that. Prince Harry desires a church wedding, just like his brother. It will be an interesting event to watch. This is especially true since many traditions are hundreds of years old.

UK History Continued

Last week, we talked about empires. We talked about America empires such as the Aztec empire. We also, of course, talked about the British Empire and compared the two. One has vanished. The other is still going. There are a number of reasons for this. But the UK always had the upper hand because of its lengthy history and technology. Now, let’s talk a little bit more about the British Empire.

So, which countries did Britain have a hand in? Well, a great number of them! Last week, we mentioned that Britain had about 25% of the world under its control. Canada, Australia, Seychelles, nearly half of Africa, and India, among other countries, were part of the British Empire. Now, the next country I’m going to mention might shock some people.

What about America? Yes! But not the entire country. Remember the origins of the United States, I supposed before we were the United States. We were the 13 Colonies! We were under the control of Britain. So, yes, we were under the British Empire. At least part of America was. The eastern states were, and the Washington State area was as well.

World history is fascinating. There are thousands of books on the subject. It’s mandatory that we all learn about history as well, in school. This is because history repeats itself. If we learn from the mistakes of the past, perhaps we won’t make the same mistakes in the future. The world is getting smaller and the population is getting larger. Countries have a bad history of going to war. A world war with 7 billion people would probably be the most devastation in world history. And we don’t need that! Let’s, instead, learn from past mistakes and seek peace instead of war. Let’s learn the lessons from the failed British Empire.

UK History

Is civilization in the UK older than civilization ins America. The answer is no. That was almost a trick question. But when I say America, I mean both North American and South America. Who can forget about civilizations such as the Aztec or Inca empires? They are no more. However, historians haven’t forgotten. Archaeologists haven’t forgotten. And students haven’t forgotten either since they learn about these groups in school. The UK, and Europe, for that matter, may seem older because that’s where a lot of our ancestors came from.

The UK has a very rich history, just like America. However, it seems we know more about UK history. Perhaps that’s because the UK has a civilization that has continued for hundreds or thousands of years. On the other side of the ocean, American civilizations have risen and fallen. No more do we see American Indians, mostly. No more do we see the Aztec population which was widespread in and around Mexico. The UK, like the Aztecs, were at one point an empire.

The UK’s empire was more recent. To be more specific, I should say British Empire. This is because the UK was not united at the time. Ireland and Scotland were merely subjected to the crown. They were colonies or protectorates.

The height of the British Empire was in the early 20th century. To be more exact, it was 1933 when the British Empire reached its peak. After that, it began to get smaller. Ultimately, it fell apart. At its height, however, the British Empire controlled around 25% of the countries of the world. That’s massive!

Tune in next week when we continue to learn about UK history. Let’s delve a little deeper into how the UK became an empire, while so many countries of the world found themselves under Britain’s control.

The European Sport

When in Europe, and the UK in particular, don’t call their popular sports soccer! As the world gets smaller, we as a culture are learning more about the world at large. This is true about foods, customs, and sports. Sure, their version of soccer is the same as ours. However, in Europe, and most of the world, it’s called football.

But that’s not football! Yes, I know. It’s not what we consider football. It’s only the same of the sport on that side of the ocean. Even south of the border it is called something else. It’s called football there too! Soccer in Spanish is “fútbol”. If you pronounce it, it doesn’t sound like soccer. It sounds like football!

Truth be told, American football has its origins in the UK version of soccer. When soccer came to the States, Americans simply changed, well, pretty much everything about the sport. Even the ball is different. In soccer, a sports player cannot run the ball. The ball is kicked at all times. In football, it is the opposite, even though a football is kicked a few times throughout the game. It’s interesting, then, why football is called as such since we don’t use our feet that much with a football. If anything, a more proper name would be handball or run ball! But that will never happen.

Like football, many of our customs and foods come from the UK and greater Europe. After all, the early settlers to this country are from Europe. It’s no surprise, then, that we share many of the same aspects of life as our ancestors across the ocean. Even our main language, English, is a UK, or English invention. As the world gets smaller, soccer becomes more popular. Almost every country in the world already has the sport, or a variant of it.

My Trip to the UK

I’ve been to the UK. Actually, I’ve been there twice. Specifically, I visited Scotland both times. Perhaps one day I’ll also visit England and Ireland.

I had a great time in Scotland. I remember walking around Glasgow, which is the largest city in Scotland. The UK is famous for rainy weather. While I was there it drizzled for a period of time before the sun came back out.

Touring Glasgow was fun because I went on a tour bus. This was one of those double-decker buses. The top top level did not have a roof. Luckily, it did not rain for most of my bus tour. One of the best things about this bus ride was having a tour guide. As we rode around town, the tour guide would tell us all stories about Glasgow. Every building has a story. Every park had a past. There were reasons for each monument we saw.

The tour guide also gave us tips on where to eat. One of the most common dishes in the UK is fish and chips. These chips are not like the potato chips we are used to. They are simply french fries with a different name.

After my bus tour and few friends and I walked to a casino in the city. From the outside, it looked like a nondescript building. However, once I was inside it looked very luxurious with marble floors and bright lights. The sounds of slot machines and other casino games were constant. It sounded almost like being inside of a Chuck E. Cheese’s. I remember doing well at that casino. I think I played blackjack.

Traveling to different countries can be very rewarding. The UK should be high on anyone’s list. There is much history in those countries. If anything, go for the food! To learn more about visiting the UK, watch the video below.