England is regarded as one of the most mystical and unique places in the world. This is, in part, because of its rich history, and the tales of medieval knights and royalty so prevalent in the movies and fairy tales. But even if you discount Hollywood, England has a flavour all its own.
England is regarded as one of the most mystical and unique places in the world. This is, in part, because of its rich history, and the tales of medieval knights and royalty so prevalent in the movies and fairy tales. But even if you discount Hollywood, England has a flavour all its own. Its history stretches back over 6000 years and being an island at the very edge of Europe encouraged the English to become self-sufficient and rely on nobody but themselves.
England is a very modern country, but – conversely – it’s also a very traditional one and proud of its history and customs. These traditions and customs make England such a fun place to visit – as long as you’re prepared to join in.
Where else in the world can you cheer a pig race or a shin-kicking contest? But you can at the Cotswold Olympic Games, which have been held every year since the 17th century. Or you could try your hand at cheese rolling. Just hurl yourself down the almost vertical Coopers Hill in pursuit of a giant Double Gloucester cheese.
Whatever you do in England, don’t forget to try some proper English tea. This is not a beverage as such: it’s a proper meal! You start with dainty sandwiches (strictly crusts off!), follow with home-made cakes and pastries and finish with petit fours. All washed down with copious amounts of strong, milky Indian tea.
Visit a traditional pub while you’re here, too. They’ve featured large in village life over the centuries and can be found in many a great novel or short story, too. No story of England would be complete without some mishap or great adventure occurring in one of the many pubs scattered through the country. You can definitely not experience England without having a pint!
And if you’d like to see how people in the England of the past lived their lives, then you’ll have plenty of opportunity. Many grand houses are open to visitors. They display architecture, furniture, décor and decoration dating back hundreds of years.
If you love sport, you’ll never be bored in England. Football (soccer to any American visitors), rugby, tennis, golf and cricket are all extremely popular. Football dates back to the 13th and 14th century in England and King Henry VIII (better known as the king with the six wives) used to love playing tennis at his palace in Hampton Court before he grew too fat to move.
Football seems to be England’s national sport at the moment. Homes and pubs are usually buzzing with talk of the next game to come or the highlights of the one just past. You can also be sure to see the pubs full of many football fans on game day shouting and rooting for their favorite team.
English traditions make it a wonderful, interesting place to visit. It is these very same traditions that make it stand out among the other places around the world.
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