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The Best of Britain

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FC: BRITAIN | FALL 2013 | THE BEST OF

1: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” - Samuel Johnson | London

2: The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, in the City of Westminster, London, England. Since its opening by Queen Victoria in 1871, the world's leading artists from several performance genres have appeared on its stage and it has become one of the UK's most treasured and distinctive buildings. Each year it hosts more than 350 events including classical concerts, rock and pop, ballet and opera, sports, award ceremonies, school and community events, charity performances and banquets.

3: The Albert Memorial is situated in Kensington Gardens, London, England, directly to the north of the Royal Albert Hall. It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid in 1861.

4: St. James's Park is a 57 acres park in the City of Westminster, central London - the oldest of the Royal Parks of London. The park was named after a leper hospital dedicated to St. James the Less.

5: Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building was originally a townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705

6: The Household Cavalry is made up of the two most senior regiments of the British Army, the Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons. The Household Cavalry is part of the Household Division and is the Queen's official bodyguard. The Horse Guard Changing Ceremony takes place daily at 11am.

7: The bustling streets of London and some iconic phone booths.

10: Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.

11: Bath | Before the Roman invasion of Britain in 43AD, Bath was a Celtic city dedicated to the Goddess Sulis, who was said to keep the waters of the hot springs sacred.

12: Built in 67AD as a Roman spa, and named Aquae Sulis. The waters from its spring were believed to be a cure for many afflictions.

13: Bath is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom. Bath Abbey was originally built in 676 and is where Edgar King of Wessex was announced as King of All England

14: Plymouth | The Port of Plymouth serves the biggest Naval Base in Western Europe.

15: Plymouth is located on the south coast of Devon, and dates back to the Bronze Age, when its first settlement grew at Mount Batten. This settlement continued to grow as a trading post for the Roman Empire, until the more prosperous village of Sutton, the current Plymouth, surpassed it. In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers left Plymouth for the New World and established Plymouth Colony.

16: St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, England. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis and the town is now a popular holiday resort. St Ives has become renowned for its number of artists.

17: Dartmoor is an area of moorland in south Devon, England. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers 368 square miles. The moorland is capped with many exposed granite hilltops known as tors, providing habitats for Dartmoor wildlife. Some of the bogs on Dartmoor have achieved notoriety. Fox Tor Mires was supposedly the inspiration for Great Grimpen Mire in Conan Doyle's novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology.

18: A wonderful lunch at Blackmore Farm, which was originally built in 1486 by Thomas Tremayle. Thomas was a Justice of the Peace for Henry VIII. The Exterior of the house is almost exactly in the state in which it was originally built.

20: Bath | Cardiff | Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city center of Cardiff, Wales. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.

23: Tintern Abbey was founded by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow, on May 9, 1131. It is situated in the village of Tintern in Monmouthshire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye. It was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1536.

24: Chester is a city in Cheshire, England. It was founded as a Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix in the year 79 by the Roman Legio II Adiutrix during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian.

25: A ride on Thomas the Train and boat cruise on lake Windemere, in the Lake District of Northern England.

26: Grasmere is a village in the centre of the English Lake District. The poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for fourteen years, described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found".

27: Scotland | There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter. - Billy Connolly

28: Gretna Green is a village in the south of Scotland famous for runaway weddings. It is in Dumfries and Galloway, near the mouth of the River Esk and was historically the first village in Scotland, following the old coaching route from London to Edinburgh. Gretna Green is one of the world's most popular wedding destinations, hosting over 5,000 weddings each year, and one of every six Scottish weddings.

29: The Corinthian Club and Casino, located in central Glasgow Scotland.

30: A boat trip across Loch Lomand. Rob Roys cave lies just North of Inversnaid on the banks of Loch Lomond. Legend has it Rob Roy used the cave as a hide-out at various times,during his cattle rustling years. Oh, ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road, And I'll get to Scotland afore ye; But me and my true love will never meet again On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.

31: A drive through the Scottish Highlands and the area of Glencoe. Glencoe is one of the most magnificent areas of natural wilderness in the whole of Britain and home to one of the worst massacres. Thirty-eight MacDonalds from the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by their guests who had accepted their hospitality. The excuse for the massacre was that the MacDonalds had not been prompt in pledging allegiance to the new monarchs, William and Mary. Another forty women and children died of exposure after their homes were burned.

32: A visit to a sheep farm with working sheep dogs owned by Neil and Glynis Ross. Leault farm is part of Dunachton Estate, Kincraig, Scotland. The estate is 11,000 acres, and there are 2500 sheep and 22 Hairy Coo. The Ross family have been shepherds on the Dunachton Estate since 1962.

35: Skye or the Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly large island in Inner Scotland. The island's peninsulas radiate from a mountainous center dominated by the the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country. The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic period and its history includes a time of Norse rule and a long period of domination by Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald. The main industries are tourism, agriculture, fishing and whisky-distilling. | Isle of Skye

36: Edinburgh | From its prehistoric beginning as a hillfort, following periods of Celtic and Germanic influence, Edinburgh became part of the Kingdom of Scotland during the 10th century. By the time of the European Renaissance and the reign of James IV it was well established as Scotland's capital.

38: Edinburgh Castle is an historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

39: Rosslyn Chapel, formally known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew, was founded on a small hill above Roslin Glen in (1446). The chapel was founded by William Sinclair, of the Sinclair family, a noble family descended in part from Norman knights in northern France. After the Scottish Reformation (1560) Roman Catholic worship in the chapel was brought to an end, although the Sinclair family continued to be Roman Catholics until the early 18th century. From that time the chapel was closed to public worship until 1861 when it was opened again as a place of worship according to the rites of the Scottish Episcopal Church. In later years the chapel has featured in speculative theories regarding Freemasonry and the Knights Templar.

42: We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. ANAIS NIN | York | York is a walled city, situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss in North Yorkshire, England. The city was founded by the Romans under the name of Eboracum in 71 AD.

46: The town of Stratford-upon-Avon is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare, receiving about 4.9 million visitors a year from all over the world. The Royal Shakespeare Company resides in Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Theatre, one of Britain's most important cultural venues.

47: Oxford University has a long history. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge, where they established what became the University of Cambridge.

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