Although we have a severe lack of sunlight and get a lot of rainy and cold days, tourists flock to Britain every year to soak up her sights and her history. I think that’s the main thing: history. People can’t get enough of our history. But, Britain isn’t just about historical sites, no. Britain is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We have the perfect climate for things that grow. We have mountains, lakes, rolling hills, and thick forests. New Zealand can leave, as Britain is the true Middle Earth. Tolkien’s inspiration was these British Isles and I’m going to briefly talk about the highlights of each nation within these green isles.
Let’s start with England. A lot of people confuse Britain and England. England is just one of the countries within Britain, but it does have London … and the Beatles … and Shakespeare … and Harry Potter … and Alfred Hitchcock … and Cary Grant … and Lawrence of Arabia … I could go on. England is the best and I’m not just saying that because I live here … Okay I am; sue me. England has got some great sites, like the West Country, the Lake District, the New Forest, the Forest of Dean, and the Yorkshire Moors, to name a few. Look for some dog friendly hotels by My Pawson and come along. England is the perfect dog lovers’ country. We love dogs over here, plus the best way to see England, in fact the whole of Britain, is to walk it and with a dog, it’s even better.
The home of Anthony Hopkins, T.E. Lawrence (although, as stated above the film was English – just saying), Catherine Zeta Jones, Dylan Thomas, and Tom Jones. Wales is England’s sister, and Britain’s soul. A very patriotic and passionate people. When the Welsh break out in song, the world shivers. Wales is a definite stop when visiting Britain. The coast is magnificent as are the hills and fields, as well as places like Cardiff and Carmarthen.
Ah, the Scots, home of William Wallace, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Annie Lennox, and the bag pipes. If you come to Britain, make sure you time your visit to coincide with the Edinburgh festival as it is the largest arts festival in the world and proves to be spectacular every year – even the uber-reclusive Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami put in an appearance last year. The Scottish people are fiercely loyal and when they feel strongly about something, there is no stopping them … unless it’s an independence referendum …
The last stop on our British tour: Northern Ireland, where Van Morrison hales, as does Liam Neeson, C.S Lewis, Seamus Heaney, Kenneth Branagh, and ‘Danny Boy’. Northern Ireland, has recovered well from the Troubles and places like Belfast are now booming with culture and commerce. The whole of Ireland – Northern Ireland included – is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and should not be missed.
There you have it. The highlights of Britain, although there are way too many to mention, so these are the highlights of the highlights …