At the end of October I’m going to England for the second time and I really suck at being a tourist. This time I’ll have my boyfriend and he isn’t going to want to sit around with my friends playing dungeons and dragons or drinking the whole time. Because of this, I’ve had to come up with a list of things I want to see while I’m there. I’m a huge fan of old churches and old world style places, and I really do not care for the “tourist attractions” that are just money grabs.
1) Old Churches
I love old churches! They have such an array of stories to tell and even though I’m not religious, they’re still marvelous to explore. England’s oldest churches are on the east coast however and I’ll be staying on the west coast. For me that means buying a train ticket, my boyfriend however, would rather tour London.
2) Small Towns
If you’re as social as I am, small towns full of people are so much fun! I love walking down streets and just hearing the life stories from anyone who is willing to listen. Or even family owned antique stores, those are great! The amount of “diamonds” you’ll find exploring through the other treasures is an adventure by itself! Can you tell I enjoy antique shopping?
3) Abandoned Buildings
Whether train stations, churches or just old homes, any building that’s been abandoned has such a prehistoric, surreal vibe that I cannot resist. Because of the video game aura I will actually be able to convince my other half to come with too. I’ve got to remember to grab a flashlight if I’m going to start exploring too much.
4) Farmers Markets
I’m staying in Chesterfield for the majority of my trip. For those who don’t know, Chesterfield is the largest farmers market town in England. I’ve had the opportunity to walk around there before and even though I only saw less than a third, I was so excited by the variety of stalls. Looking back now I wish I got to see the rest of them. That alone would be enough of an excuse to fly back honestly.
5) The Scenery
Since I’m from Western Canada, I’ve had the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful scenery the world has to offer, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to see.
And yeah, that’s the top five things I’m going to go to England to see, next to friends and family of course! I’m there for two weeks and as much as that’s not enough time, that doesn’t mean I can’t take in as much as I can. I’m pretty much staying out of London though. That place is insane! Anyway,
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