Cornwall is the Best of Britain

And not the inane comedic characters from the BBC show either, this is the real thing.
Cornwall is the southwest tip of England facing the Atlantic Ocean, and guarding the English Channel.
Some of the things to see and do here include the Eden Project, castles ranging from Tintagel on the north, windy shore, to St. Michaels Mount near Penzance. Continue reading

Avebury Stone Circle Panoramic Tour

Avebury Stone Circle
Panoramic Tour.

Aveburywas built during the Neolithic period and is the largest complex of Stone Circles & Avenues on earth.

Avebury was ‘Rediscovered’ by John Aubrey in 1648. He published an account of his frequent visits in his book ‘Monumenta Britannica- Templa Druidum.’

In the 1720’s the antiquarian William Stukeley mapped all the surviving Avebury stones and left a huge record of his visits in words and drawings. He published his findings in his book ‘Abury, A Temple of the British Druids‘.

The site was restored in the 1920’s & 30’s by Alexander Keiller who’s posthumously published book ‘Windmill Hill & Avebury Excavations 1925 – 1939‘ is considered the most complete account of the complex..

Avebury is now a World Heritage Site. It is currently badly managed by the National Trust…

We hope you enjoy your virtual visit to Avebury.

BritRail – Journey by Train

Rail travel in Britain has seen better days. The privatization process has been completed and the results are mixed. Privatization was supposed to encourage competition, but we’ve yet to see all the benefits. Prices have gone up, service is spotty, accidents are more frequent, and delays are the norm.

Still, taking the train is often the best way to get from Point A to Point B. There are express trains to the airports and between major cities. But for long trips to distant cities, the low-cost airlines are a much better value and can save you time too. Smaller towns all over the country, are still serviced by trains, although many of these lines are being discontinued as unprofitable.

Rail tickets are not cheap, and prices continue to rise. A word of advice: don’t buy one-way tickets unless you must. They’re now priced like airline tickets, meaning a round-trip costs only a pound or two more than a one-way, so you’re paying a big premium. If you’re planning an extensive rail journey around the country, you should opt for one of the many passes available through BritRail. This will save you a lot of money and time waiting in queues.

I was very impressed with some of the new trains coming into service. Virgin Rail is putting its new Voyager trains into service and these are almost like airplanes inside (with much more leg room). You can even jack in your headphones and listen to several channels of very good music and interviews with artists. But then again, you’d expect that from the company that owns Virgin Records. Virgin Voyager trains are all non-smoking, and they have special mobile phone prohibited cars. Their restroom facilities are state-of-the-art too!

I had an interesting experience on a trip from Brighton to London. There were several short delays and the train conductor was so apologetic, getting on the P.A. system each time, giving long detailed explanations about each incident, and expressing such heartfelt regret that we were arriving late. He was so concerned that we might be inconvenienced. All this for delays that totalled together less than 15 minutes. I felt like patting him on the back, to let him know it was O.K, and we weren’t too upset about it. This is how it used to be, when service was the name of the game. Don’t expect such personal concern on a regular basis anymore.


Many foreign visitors to Britain never go further than London on their trip. There’s a good reason for this. London is one of the greatest cities in the world, and there’s so much to do and see here, there’s little reason to venture beyond the city for those mainly seeking the cosmopolitan experience.

London is Britain’s center of government, finance, publishing, art, music, shopping, fashion, dining, theater, museums, clubbing and more. Few places on the planet offer the diversity of options to the visitor as does London.

Changing of the Guard

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Design Museum

The Design Museum focuses on modern design from the 20th & 21st Centuries. It includes the Digital Design musuem which highlights computerized interactive design for the Web.

28 Shad Thames
020 7403-6933
Open Daily: 10am – 5:45pm, till 9pm on Fridays
Admission: £6, Families £16
Wheelchair Access
Underground: Tower Hill

Lonely Planet Walking in Britain

click to purchase or for more infoLonely Planet Walking in Britain by David Else

This Lonely Planet Guide contains all the necessary information for walking in England, Scotland and Wales, with more than 50 detailed route descriptions and lots of practical information on public transportation, food, and accommodation. The guide covers coastal, moorland, forest, river, mountain and historic paths, plus many more suggestions for further exploration. Includes an illustrated flora and fauna section and 57 high-quality route maps. in color.