Exploring South West England
Traveling Through South West England
What do you imagine when you think of England? For many people, it’s the city of London and Buckingham Palace or Big Ben and London Bridge. Or perhaps, The London Eye, the perfect example of the contrast between the old and the new. I must confess, images of Monty Python come to mind as King Arthur “gallups” on his horse of coconuts while the black knight stands his ground only to keep nothing but his courage. But these comedic scenes are grounded in real history and a history that comes alive when you actually walk the grounds and the castles of noblemen and noble men.
England has experienced centuries of war where they were ruled by invaders from the north, south, and east. Romans, Normans, Vikings, and even Venetians once controlled territory in the United Kingdom. Over the years, diversity entered the gene pool as well as impacting the architecture, food, and customs of this galvanized country. Refugees from France, Russia, and Ireland have added their influence to the melting pot. With so much diversity preserved over time, England is sure to excite any traveler, but first you must get out of London, and for us it meant heading south west…