The UK is a very touristic country, obviously far away from France. Nevertheless, the British have claimed to be the top 2012 destination. But we all know that these untruthful statistics come from the Olympics Games only held by Great Britain because of some political game to supplant the French application, far better. However the UK is still among the top 10 of the most visited countries in the world. How is it even possible? That’s what I tried to solve from Bournemouth.
So, I went to medieval ruins of Corfe Castle near Swanage with one of my work colleagues. The place overlooks the surrounding countryside on a green hill and full of sightboards talking about if I remember well of how an ancient Queen was using her Greyhounds as a hot-water-bag. You can also catch a steam train on the edge of the Castle. Yes, I know! The English train network is still underdeveloped. Anyway, I left with a lot of beautiful pictures took under the sunshine. Indeed, there is sometimes bright sunshine in England, but I think that I will relieve you by saying to you that my second excursion was under heavy showers as it must be. That day, I went with two other interns from the office to Portsmouth’s historic dockyard. It a place full of old warships from centuries whose the famous HMS Victory where the bad guy Lord Nelson died during an unknown battle for the French people. There is some museum about the royal navy and one especially about the Mary Rose, warship of the renaissance period and pride of England. I just want to remind that this ship sank from starboard due to her weight.
And as the weather, wasn’t enough soft in Portsmouth, it’s a storm which was awaiting us in Brighton. I went there at the end of October with my German colleague. It was so windy that we couldn’t walk properly. However, I’ve appreciated to see and film the stormy sea on the Brighton Pier, a place where I thought that I will have to fight a seagull interested in my donut. Nevertheless we sheltered at the Royal Pavilion. This palace is an architectural jewel based on the Orientals and eccentric taste of the late King George IV. By the way, one of my favourite’s anecdotes about him is how he managed to get rid of a huge amount of money owed to a local merchant. The king proposed him a race at the condition that he chose the race place. If he lost he would double his debt and if he won the merchant will clean his slate. The creditor took the bet because the king was fat and not sportive. But the race took place in a narrow street, just wide enough to let pass the royal posterior and forced in the meantime the opponent to do a big detour to reach the finish point.
Back to my touristic adventures, after nearly having gone with the wind in Brighton, it was a very good November cold which welcomed us in Windsor and Oxford. Unfortunately I couldn’t visit the Windsor’s castle because of a lack of time, but I know thanks to a documentary that it is full of French furniture and arts pieces (Everyone wants French quality) bought or almost stole by the sly George IV at very low price during the French riot. Then I remember haven’t resisted to trespass into the private school of Eton when I saw one of the doors open. I was kindly escorted by a religious man in a red cloak but not without having taken a picture of the wonderful hall. About Oxford, it’s a very small city full of beautiful old building from across the centuries, whose well known dome of the Bodleian Library and the big room used to shoot the Harry Potter’s movies. The room was indeed good, but didn’t remind me much of the films. It is incredible what the informatics magic is able to do!
That is all for now, and I haven’t even spoken about the huge and amazing London that I visited during a previous journey.
So, to answer the question why the UK is a touristic place, I would say because of the royalty which own all these treasures from France. And also because of the language which obliges some poor innocents foreigners to come to learn English in Great Battle and thus to do sight sighing during their free time.