My sister and her husband live in England, so we have visited a
number of times. Stonehenge is wonderful, but I personally like
Avebury better. It is up the Salisbury plain from Stonehenge, I
think maybe older, with a huge mound, a burial mound that you can go
into, an archaeology museum, an old tithing barn that is a wonderful
museum, and a huge ring of stones - they go through and partly around
the village. You can walk among the stones and trenches and mounds,
right up to them - unlike Stonehenge. Also much fewer people!
If you go to Stonehenge be sure and do Old Sarum - it is the
original Salisbury, an old Roman fort, and really nice. If you can
manage to be there when they are doing a reenactment it is well worth
We also love Cornwall - great houses and gardens and sea.
Yorkshire is wonderful - good hikes. If you get up there, and ride
at all, do one of the guided excursions across the Yorkshire Moors -
this is how people used to travel, and it is almost like going back
in time. Really quite an incredible experience.
There is an archaeology museum in York that is excellent.
I love getting the marvelously detailed British maps, and just
exploring. I have driven my rental cars across some rather amazing
In London, the Victoria and Albert is my hands down favorite. Not
just the jewelry, which is wonderful, but they have an amazing
collection of holloware also! Plus glass, and furniture. We went
when my dd was 9, and she spent an entire day sketching their
historical clothing collection! I thought I was going to go nuts.
Historic clothing does not “do” anything for me, but she was, and is,
rather passionate about it!
If you are or were a Scout (Girl or Boy) be sure to go to the Scout
headquarters! The Girl Scout (Girl Guides in all of the world
except the US I believe) is Pax Lodge, and included dormitories you
can reserve to stay in - inexpensive motel sort of thing.
Some of my best memories are of things we fell into - I deliberately
leave time now for serendipity to happen when I travel! We have
found reenactments, village fetes, craft shows, etc., just purely by
chance, and had wonderful experiences.
I could go on all day - it is obviously time to go see my sister
Beth in SC