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Beauty itself doth of itself persuade the eyes of men without an orator.
and guides In order to better plan your journey, we suggest to buy
and examine a map of England in advance: in Europe it's easy to find the
right Michelin map (sheets 402, 403 and 404, 1:400.000). They have got
a good index, a lot of road and tourist indications (megalithic monuments
included), a nice price and they are easy to fold up. However, the key
is in English, French, German, Welsh or Dutch, but not in Italian, Spanish
and Portuguese; after a journey under the inevitable British rain they
will be drenched with water and hard to be read near the creases. We suggest
also buying more detailed maps locally. You can find them almost everywhere.
By air Usually, a charter flight is the cheapest choice. But take information about airports and timetables: for example, arriving in UK, from Luton airport to London you have to take (and pay the fares of) coach, train and tube. And if your return charter flight is scheduled early in the morning, you have to stay and pay for one more night in Britain. In other words, look at all the possibilities. Among national airlines, we have appreciated both the efficiency and the kindness of British Airways a lot more that of Alitalia.
trains, etc. We rented a car in London. It is possible to rent a car
in England (remember that in an airport it costs more than in town) or
to buy a 'fly and drive' offer from a tour operator in your country. This
second choice helps save time and trouble as soon as you have arrived (the
car is ready at the airport). Cars, even small, are good; they usually
have a radio and cassette player, so be prepared to take some music cassettes
with you. Be careful: British drive on the opposite side. We suggest you
take great care particularly in the first days and always at roundabouts.
And don't forget your seat belt: in Great Britain it's not considered an
option as in Italy and in other countries.
We have always slept in Bed and Breakfasts. Often located in splendid
places, not expensive, B&B's are almost everywhere and they help in
meeting local people. A lot of foreign travel agencies offer vouchers you
can spend in B&B's and country houses. We liked better choosing our
B&B's daily, in order to be free to go step by step. Even if we were
in England during the most crowded period of the year (on Summer), without
any reservation, we always managed to find a room.
Weather and clothing British people go around in short sleeves and enjoy any faint ray of sun, but for us Mediterraneans England is cold and it rains unbelievably often. In a megalithic expedition we suggest wearing warm and comfortable clothing. Special regard to shoes is important to avoid slipping and for walking easily for a long time in soggy soil. In summer, it's better to dress in a so-called 'onion style', that is several layers of clothes. A K-way or a waterproof jacket is a must, even if there are no clouds at all in the sky. Try and you'll see.
Not only megaliths Stonehenge, several archeological monuments and a lot of castles, abbeys and historic buildings are in the care of English Heritage, a conservation association that preserves more than 400 historic sites. Another well known, similar institution is the National Trust. To enter some monuments you have to buy an admission ticket. If you plan to visit more than one monument in your wanderings, you'll do better buying a pass. Both English Heritage Overseas Visitor Passes and National Trust Touring Tickets are available for single adults, children or families and for various days. In 1996 an English Heritage 14 days pass cost 12 pounds. Anyway, in our opinion it is a wonderful way to preserve a country heritage: we appreciated very much the excellent work that these two associations do.
All photographs © Diego Meozzi (firstname.lastname@example.org)