An introduction to England
In England. the weather gods like to play truant; it can be sunny one moment and rainy the next. Its capital city London has a metropolitan ambience and is served by several international airports.
Rental apartments in London can be booked in local areas and most of the city can be explored on foot. Though there are hop-on hop-off tourist buses, they are usually crowded. The well-organized underground train system, dubbed the 'tube', is very useful and comfortable for covering longer distances.
The tower clock of Big Ben and the Westminster Houses of Parliament are landmark structures in London. The London Eye is close by, offering visitors an aerial view of the city in all directions. In the vicinity lies the pier, from which cruises are conducted along the river Thames, with commercial skyscrapers and other iconic structures dotting the shore.
One of the important sites along the river is the Tower Bridge that houses the crown jewels. The high-level walkways of the bridge are a vantage point to see the city. The last stop along the river cruise is Greenwich. Its Royal Observatory houses the Prime Meridian, along with time and astronomical galleries and a beautiful garden.
St James's Park in London is an expansive open space, where birds roam free among the ponds. Buckingham Palace is at one end of the park and the famous Change of Guard parade takes place at 11.30 a.m. daily. Trafalgar square with the Nelson column is at the other end of St. James's Park.
Visitors can appreciate the art works at the National Gallery and can meet wax models of international celebrities at Madame Tussauds. The British museum is the oldest national public museum in the world. St. Paul's cathedral has an impressive dome, which is the second largest in the world. The Royal Opera house at Covent Garden stages shows for the opera, orchestra or ballet and plays are held at West End.
Another interesting place in England is Manchester, which is treated as the capital of Northern England. Historically, it is the world's first industrial city. Today, it is famous for its football teams team and has also given birth to top music bands like Oasis. The Lowry complex is a must-visit for art and culture enthusiasts. Afflecks Palace is a shopping arcade thronged by people of all ages, for its restaurants, pubs, gaming centers and flea markets.
Canal Street is a gay village overlooking the Rochdale Canal. Gays come here to openly mingle with their kind, while it forms an interesting site for tourists. The Piccadilly Gardens lie in the heart of Manchester and provide a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The locals are simple and friendly and will welcome tourists to their country.