England Journals

The British Midlands -- The Heart of England

A March 2004 trip to England by Pat110

Wychnor Park Country Club Photo, Staffordshire, England More Photos
Quote: Did you ever see a building and think to yourself, "WOW -- I bet that's really OLD"? Fellow Americans, we do NOT know the meaning of old buildings!

The British Midlands -- The Heart of England

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A car is imperative if staying at Wychnor Park Country Club and there is car rental available at the resort. While learning to drive on the "other" side of the road is scary at first, it was quickly mastered. Of course, that's easy for me to say since my HUSBAND did all the driving!

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England and history go together like salt and pepper. England IS history! Don't be afraid to explore and ask a million questions! You must try a pub!

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The Wychnor Park Country Club

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Wychnor Park Country Club Photo, Staffordshire, England
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Best Things Nearby:It's an easy drive to Warwick Castle and Stratford-Upon-Avon. The nearest town for grocery shopping is Burton-Upon-Trent.Best Things About the Resort:Friendly staff! I was tickled when we returned home from exploring one day to find a note on our table from the housekeeping staff. . . they informed us that they were impressed with the way I had made our bed and wondered if I'd be interested in a job. It was a nice touch that said, "We're glad you're here!" We were the only Americans staying that week and each day we took our road atlas to the reception desk and they made recommendations of places to visit and helped us map our route.Reso...Read More

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Exploring England

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Why in the world did I only book ONE week to the United Kingdom? There is way too much to see and do in England to cover it in only one week! Good heavens, we didn't even GET to London! It took a while to get comfortable driving on the "other" side of the road! Only once did we turn the wrong way in a roundabout and we immediately realized it when we heard all the BLOWING HORNS! We quickly jumped off and averted disaster -- a big thank you to all the Brits for their patience with us! The Midlands is the heart of England. The greenbelt is protected from urban sprawl and instead of human masses you will find picturesque canals with narrow boats and hordes of sheep. It is a wonderful...Read More

The Cotswolds

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Street Scene Photo, England, United Kingdom
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One of my favorite days was when we explored the Cotswolds. This unique area is famous for its honey-colored buildings constructed with native Cotswold stone. Many of the buildings have thatched roofs. It is the very picture of rural England! There are pubs galore throughout the Cotswolds and friendly Brits eager to share recommendations of special things to see.

Warwick Castle

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Warwick Castle Photo, England, United Kingdom
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Rent a guided tour audiotape of Warwick Castle and listen to its history as you explore! Built in 1086 at the direction of William the Conqueror shortly after the Norman Conquest, Warwick Castle is fascinating. The entrance to the castle is through a passage carved in the solid rock and is designed to trap intruders between the gates (look for the "murder holes" in the archway above your head). The Great Hall and staterooms are filled with period furnishings. . . and what castle would be complete without a dungeon and torture chamber? They have it all at Warwick Castle. The grounds include 60 acres of landscaped and cultivated gardens dating back to 1765. There is even a boathou...Read More
Lichfield Cathedral Photo, England, United Kingdom
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Closer to home, the Litchfield Cathedral Church of St. Mary and St. Chad occupies a place of prominence in Litchfield. This glorious Gothic cathedral replaced a large Norman building 800 years ago, and took 150 years to complete. The first cathedral built on this site was a small Saxon church originally built in 700 A.D. Litchfield Cathedral was restored in the 1660s. The Choir and Lady Chapel were redesigned in the late 18th century and have been in their present form since the second half of the 19th century. Be sure to see the priceless, illuminated Gospel manuscript from the 8th century in the Chapter House. Many tombs are within the sacred walls of the cathedral.
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The walls completely surrounding the City of York were built by the Romans over 1900 years ago as the first line of defense. They have been added to and rebuilt over time and now have parts from across the centuries. You can walk along the top of the walls for great views of the City -- in fact, over one million people each year take a walk atop these walls. Be sure to visit the spectacular York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Another interesting area within the walls of York is known as "The Shambles". Notice the architecture and the maze of narrow, twisting streets frozen in time to the Elizabethan period. Unfortunately, back at the resort I discovered my digital pict...Read More