Lounging in the countryside of UK

Tripoto
30th May 2012
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Royal Crescent in Bath
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Butterfly Farm in Stratford-Upon-Avon
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The Bath Abbey
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Birdland in Gloucestershire, Cotswolds area
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A majestic Black Swan in Birdland
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Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Av
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Castell Coch, which felt like Rapunzel's Cast
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The Cardiff Castle
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The Keep, Cardiff Castle
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Castle Combe- The smallest village of England
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Royal Crescent, Bath
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Clock Tower, Cardiff Castle
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The first clock ever, Castle Combe
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Tea and Scones, Castle Combe
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Jane Austen Centre, Bath

I loved this place because it looked like Rapunzel's castle to me. It was like those castles we have always visualized while reading fairy tales. It was a beautiful castle and and had so much historical importance. We went and in detail explored the whole of the castle, saw all the rooms and stain glass paintings. It was a very enriching experience.

Photo of Castell Coch, Cardiff, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan

The Cardiff Castle is huge and majestic. It is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion situated in Cardiff, Wales. As the castle is so big, the visitors are given a map of the whole castle and they can choose with ease which parts interests them the most. For me, I visited the House, the Keep and the Clock Tower. There is a gift shop too from where one can buy souvenirs. Average ticket price is:Adults (17-59yrs) £9.00Senior citizens (60+yrs) £7.50Students £7.50Children (5-16 yrs) £7.00

Photo of Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan
Photo of Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan

Here we visited the Butterfly farm and the Shakespeare Center. Its a beautiful town and is popular because it is the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The Butterfly Farm was a different experience because I hadn't visited one before. Here there are thousands of exotic and colorful butterflies flying around. There is a Caterpillar room where you can see butterfly rearing and a Insect City as well.Visiting the Shakespeare Center was very amusing as I have grown up reading his plays and drama in school.

Photo of Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan
Photo of Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan

This is the smallest village of England and has a population of about only 350 people. It has a old church which we visited which had the first ever clock made in history. We also visited the Old Rectory Tea place and had the best scones I have ever tasted. This village is a very cute place and leaves you with a very delighted mood.

Photo of Castle Combe, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan
Photo of Castle Combe, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan

This city has been declared as a World Heritage site and it is historically very important. This is the place where we spent the maximum time so we explored it in and out. Bath is a place which is full of places which are of great historical importance such as the Jane Austen Centre, Thermae Spa- where you can lounge in the 2000 year old Roman Baths, the magnificent Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.

Photo of Bath, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan

Here we visited the Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire which is situated in the Cotswold district. The Birdland was again a lovely experience as I got to see some of the rarest birds and species there. I saw the King Penguins, a species I have always been fascinated about. I also spotted Flamingos, a Black Swan, Macau, Peacocks, rare species of Owls, etc. It's a perfect place to go on a bright sunny day with your family.

Photo of Cotswold District, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan
Photo of Cotswold District, United Kingdom by Lavneeta Jalan

I loved reading books when I was younger and from as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated about the United Kingdom. My brother went to study in the City of Bath for his PhD and hence I got my chance to visit the UK during my summer holidays. UK for me was not about being all tourist-y and availing the Hop-on Hop-off Bus services in London.

UK for me was about the countryside, the romance in the air and the beauty of the greens. I have always been a person who loves exploring new and unusual things. I do not like the quintessential way of doing things and hence I wanted to explore the "roads less travelled''. I had gone with my parents and we availed of a private cab service to drive us around the countryside.

With my brother’s help we formulated a list of places in and around England which were unique and were rich in nature’s bounty. Staring from the smallest village of England to a Birdland with the most unique species of birds, to the City of Bath which has been declared a World Heritage site, we had our itinerary all set up. Our base was in Bath and we used to hire a cab every alternate day and go and explore a particular district.

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