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Since I’m traveling with a group of friends, and since our trip is quite flexible, we’ve decided to put together a wishlist of things we personally want to see in every country. We’ll get to compare our lists and if two or more people share something on that list, it takes priority. This way, we get to maximize the efficiency of the trip and not waste too much time. The plan is to start off in England and spend a day, perhaps two, in the surrounding areas.

 
English: The Clock Tower of the Palace of West...

 
What:
 
Big Ben
 
Where:
 
The Palace of Westminster, London
 
Why:
 
It’s one of the most iconic buildings in England and perhaps the world! It’s also something that pretty much screams “Look at me, I’m in London!”
 
 

 
 
English: Stonehenge, Wiltshire county, England...

What:
 
Stonehenge
 
Where:
 
Wiltshire, England
 
Why:
 
Ancient calendar system or alien landing pad?
 
 

 
 
What:
Troops of the Grenadier Guards on guard at Buc...
 
 
Changing of the Queen’s Guard
 
Where:
 
Buckingham Palace
 
Why:
 
To harass the guards while they stand at attention, why else? Oh come on! It’s in all the movies… You know you’ve always wanted to do it too…
 
 

 
 
What:
English: Front view of the Natural History Mus...
 
 
Natural History Museum
 
Where:
 
Exhibition Row, South Kensington, London
 
Why:
 
London is among the most historical cities in the world (Rome, Paris, Barcelona, etc.) Their exhibits ought to be amazing! 
 
 

 
 
What:
The remains of a fort on Hadrian's Wall near H...
 
 
Hadrian’s Wall
 
Where:
 
Northern England
 
Why:
 
If we still have the time, I’d love to see “the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain.” Think Great Wall of China, but a bit smaller and older. Not much of it remains these days, however the remnants are still evident. It used to mark the northernmost territory of the Roman Empire when Octavian declared Pax Romana. Later, Emperor Hadrian ordered this wall built to protect against the wild north.
 
 

 
 
What:
English: Chateau de Vincennes keep, Paris संस्...
 
 
Stay in a castle, any castle!
 
Where:
 
Anywhere!
 
Why:
 
Seriously… who asks the question “So, why do you want to stay in a castle?”
 
 

 
 
What:
English: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh North wal...

 
 
Scottish National War Memorial
 
Where:
 
Edinburgh, Scotland
 
Why:
 
If there’s still time, I’d love to see it. I have heard amazing accounts of this place. It is an amazing War Museum, housing the names of Scots who have fought and died in World War I and World War II as well as conflicts that followed. It is a constant reminder of the tragic costs of war as well as the reasons we fight these battles.
 
 
 
 
 
English Souvenirs of Choice
 
 
For the Ladies:
An early Victorian tea set on display in the B...

 
 
Tea set. Why not get one from a land famous for its tea time? A genuinely British tea set would be an excellent conversational piece as well as a classy way to advertise your travels in the isles, not to mention it simply goes hand in hand with that Earl Grey you have brewing. Don’t forget a squeeze of lemon!
 
 
 
For the Gents:

Jóannes Eidesgaard smoking on his pipe.

 
A Smoking Pipe, think Sherlock Holmes… I believe this would make a quintessentially English trinket or keepsake. Small enough to travel with and totally awesome when we get to sit in a cigar bar and smoke while reading the London Times and having a Johnny Walker Blue, neat, of course. Cheerio!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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