My first trip out of the USA was in 1979. I went with a college group on a mission trip to Mexico. Sadly I don't have pictures. I didn't expect to enjoy the trip, but I did.
Many years later, I took a pleasure trip to England. I had read lots of English writers as a child and had always wanted to go there. In fact the influence of those English written books show up sometimes when I write. Color becomes colour; favorite -favourite -etc. The British spellings and some "odd by American standards" words seem normal to me.
So about the trip. I travelled alone, flying from Atlanta, Georgia to London's Heathrow airport. I had instructions to buy a ticket and take the subway to the Lancaster Gate tube stop. From there I went to my hotel. No problem at all. I loved riding the tube (subway.) Here is a Tube map. I carried one of these in my pocket at all times to navigate London.
Here are some of those photos.
Another joy on this trip was seeing a live musical. There were several that interested me, but I only attended two of them. The best was Les Miserables.
One other amazing place I visited was the British museum. I was amazed that everything wasn't encased in glass or roped off. This next picture shows the Rosetta Stone.
A friend at work has a brother who lived in England. I left London and went into the countryside with him. One glorious place we stopped was Corfe Castle. It is a ruined castle and is a property of the British National Trust in Dorset.
Now, if you are a British reader and I have messed up any of the "facts" in this post, feel free to let me know in the comments.
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