If I should visit your country?
January 11, 2007 3:08pm CST
I am a Canadian, but I like to travel and I love to learn about different cultures. Tell me a little bit about where you are from. Should I visit your country? What should I know before planning a visit? What would you recommend I do and see? Cheers!
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11 Jan 07
Hi Suedarr!I'm in the south of England, in a little village about 35 miles south of London, 10 miles south of Gatwick Airport and 14 miles north of Brighton, which is on the south coast. I love the village in which I live. It's very pretty and olde worlde, houses two churches, one Church of England and the other I believe, is Methodist. The main church is built on a hill, and next door to it, is the Primary School. The children put on a nativity play at Christmas, and this takes place in the Church, which gives it a wonderful setting. The church is partly Saxon, with Norman additions, and is built from stone, which is visible on the inside of the church as well. Walking downhill from the church, through the cemetery, you'll encounter the lychgate, and at this lychgate, two mill stones have been embedded in the pathway and under the actual entrance to the church grounds. These were taken from an old mill which used to operate in the village. Walk down the steps, and cross the road, to the Eight Bells Pub, which is named after the bell structure in the church tower, and was, in its initial days, a hostelry for the monks. There is another Restaurant/Pub at the top of the village, the third one having been closed and altered into a private house. There are two garages, one at the top of the village, and one at the bottom end, and a Post Office. All the other shops, two general stores, a butcher's and a baker's, have long since closed down, as the superstores took their business and they floundered for custom. At the top of the village is a huge, fairy tale house, built in 1872 by the designer of The Royal Opera House, E. M. Barry, which has now been converted into flats. The 105-room, 130-year-old mansion combines the splendour and stylings of a French chateau, a German schloss and a Gothic house of horror. The house appeared in the film, The Eagle Has Landed, the film Hollocaust 2000, and has been the home to Canadian soldiers preparing to join the D-Day Landings. Perhaps not surprisingly, the eerie eerie, imposing architecture of this mansion also attracted the Hammer Horror movie makers, who filmed shots for three movies here. Many adverts were also shot in the building, including the Cinzano adverts, with Leonard Rossiter and Joan Collins. The earliest sign of habitation is a walkway of oak timbers near Agates pond in The Street dated to the late Saxon period, circa 972. All around is beautiful countryside, woods, fields, three millponds, farms and footpaths, with some wonderful walks available to us. I would say the main things you need to know before planning a visit, are the inclement weather conditions (always bring an umbrella, whether summer or any other season... it rains quite a lot), and the cost of food, accommodation and travel. Most commodities are taxed here, thus rendering them at a high price. Places you should visit? Well, every visiting tourist wants to visit London; Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Madam Tussaud's Waxworks Museum, Baker Street, (home of Sherlock Holmes), St. Paul's Cathedral, The Lord Mayor's Show Parade, The Royal Albert Hall, The London Eye, etc. etc. etc. I would also point you in the direction of York, a city in North Yorkshire, which is built within castle walls. The streets are cobbled, the shops are olde worlde, there is a Steam Railway Museum, York Cathedral, Guy Fawkes' Birthplace, Museums, including the Jorvik Museum (Viking), a river walk, and nightly ghost walks, to name but a few. York too, is steeped in British History, as is Stratford-Upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare... another wonderful, olde worlde town, where a visit is a must. There are also lots of Neolithic and Megalithic sites to visit if you are interest an ancient history. Stone Henge is probably the main one of these, in Wiltshire, and Avebury Stones, which is closeby is quite interesting. There are longbarrows (ancient burial sites) and castles, abbeys and places of the old faiths scattered around the countryside, and most of these are well worth a visit. Have I whetted your appetite enough? If so, when will you be coming?:-)
12 Jan 07
You're very welcome, and congratulations on your discussion. I thoroughly enjoyed responding to it, as I'm sure did many others. I hope you have a great trip to England, and that I was of some help as to places you should visit. Take care and brightest blessings. :-)
11 Jan 07
My country is Israel. I know that at the first thought some people don't want to visit here because of what they see in the TV. But in the big cities and in the capital city Jerusalem there is no bombing or any danger to your life. Israel is safe now. If you decide to come here, I'll recommend you to visit Jerusalem - the holy city in the world. There are many historical places there that are very lovely and great to visit. You can also visit Tel-Aviv - the city of fun of Israel. Tel-Aviv is full of clubs and pubs. Israel is a modern country, and not as what people think.
• New Zealand
11 Jan 07
****New Zealand**** You would need at least a week or 2 to plan your trip here.. There is so much to do and so much to see.. Depending on what sort of person you are and what things you like. **SCENERY.. Mountains of LOTR.. White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Hiking, Camping, Horse Riding, 4WD riding in the Lakes and HEAPS more.. Ya get to meet the Locals and they cook you a WICKED AS Feed.. **CITY.. If ya like the Rush of Flashing Lights and neverending Music then, The Cities can Cater to your needs, Theatre, Concerts, Wining & Dining, Dancing til the Sunrise greeted with a Hot Steaming Breakfast at your table... **Do Bring** Yourself and a friend (You want to share your experience with someone else dontcha!) Plenty of Time.. Ya gonna need it. Camera.. Heaps of Pics **Dont Bring** Large amounts of CASH! (Thats pretty much saying "COME HERE!! Look what I have for you!") Your Apartment.. We do have Shops and Malls for you to look around.. Last bit of advise.. "Be Prepared for a Great time with the Kiwi's, We will look after you"
14 Jan 07
Hey thats a great hobby u have. I am from India and u should come to india. In India u will get a wide range of places to visit. INdia is a mix of different cultures and u will love the country. SOme of the major tourist placest in india are the joy city kolkata, the financial capital mumbai, the admininstrative capital delhi, cyber city banglore, and the cyberabad known as hyderabad. You should definately visit agra the city of the taj mahal. It is one of the greatest monuments in the world that resembles true love. Agra also have some of the greatest structure of the mughal architecture such as the tomb of itmad-ud-daullah, jama masjid, etc.
12 Jan 07
i live in northern ireland and the only thing you would definetly need here is i raincoat .the county i live in is full of lakes (we call them loughs)and it rains day and night.the people are friendly here and belfast is the big smoke. shopping is excellent if you are into clothes and the night life is good too,theres a lot of lovely countryside and sights but you might need a car to get around.i recommend the giants causeway and marble arch caves . they are close to me . other than that go over to southern ireland and visit dublin . theres so much everywhere in ireland, you might need a few weeks.
12 Jan 07
welecome to my beloved country Pakistan.u will visit pakistan.u eill learn alot of things from mine country.our cluture is very diverse and full of colors.our people are very hospitile and friendly.u see in pakistan world second highest peak and beutiful glacerils and u can see at one side desert and other side is full of snow u can see urself.this is the most beuatiful seen.u can see the historic buildings of mughals past kings.then u eat our dishes u lick ur fingers after eating or tradtional dishes.u will see the beautiful lands of punjab nad beatuiful views of mountain in our NWFP province and yhe best thing GOD gifted beutiful sea view.when u visit pakistan u desire again again again.in my country alot of places where u visit.
12 Jan 07
Hi, I am from Indonesia. May be a little curious. Indonesia? Where it is? But I bet you've heard Bali, the island of gods. Actually besides the famous Bali, we have so many beatiful places to go like Banda and Bunaken to see the beautiful depth of sea. Bandung, Banten and so many others. Weeew, I my self could not describe one by one. Hmmm, you think about traditional and exotic food. Here's the delicious food heaven you can imagine. There are so much tourist who live here for months and it seem they do not want to go back to their home country. Just give it a try and feel it yourself OK
12 Jan 07
I am from India, the country considered to be the golden eagle. Yes ofcourse you should visit my country, its a beautiful place. In India we say 'Attithi Devo Bhava' meaning guests are like gods. It is such a big country with so many diverse cultures that it is impossible to completely cover India in just one holiday. first tell me what kind of places would you like to visit, i mean historic, religios, countryside, deserts, hills, sea, ghats, plains then i will suggest you how to plan your journey.
12 Jan 07
We malaysians welcome you to visit our country - the land of glory. We are multiracial, multicultural. The widest range of delicious food from western to asian. You name it, we have it. There are plenty of beaches and hill resorts. Great shopping experience if this is your forte. Our people are friendly. All you need is to have a map - you can get it free at our tourism booths everywhere. It is not expensive to travel in Malaysia. Hotels ranged from cheap chalets to 5 star hotels. You will never be bored visiting Malaysia. By the way, this year is Visit Malaysia 2007.
12 Jan 07
Take a trip down to perpetually sunny Singapore! There is plenty to see and explore, from wonderful shopping districts to world class tourist attractions such the our world famous Singapore Zoological Gardens! Also, Singapore is well known for being the gateway to Asia for our cosmoplitan ethnic and religious mix and we can proudly say that despite our differing races and cultures and beliefs, we have turned that from a potential weekness to an endless source of harmny and strength in diversity! Come visit Singapore, but do bring light clothing!
15 Jan 07
You can consider visiting India, the enchanting sub-continent in Asia, which has a blend of mysticism and hi-tech, rich heritage and modern malls. The land has snow-capped himalayas, blue oceans, tiger forests, many a rivers, desert, savanna. Rich ancient monuments, palaces, cave-monastries on one hand and hi-tech shopping malls, hi-tech cities, cyber-cities, tube-rails, IT hubs, etc., on the other side. You will find an unity amidst vast diversity of people, language, customs, costumes, cultures and cuisine. A very hospitable country, INDIA has always considered tourists as divine guests. So, please welcome to INDIA.
• United States
14 Jan 07
If you're from Canada you've probably been to the U.S., but there are many great places to visit. I'm in the NYC area, which has museums, historic spots, great live music and theater, and lots of shopping as well. There are many other great places to visit in the U.S., including Florida and California; maybe some other users can explain those.
14 Jan 07
Philippines, the pear of the orient. Hospitable, friendly & happy people. A lot of beautiful beaches. The most visited place here in the philippines is boracay famous of its paradise like island, you can also visit baguio the summer capital of the philippines, amanpulo resort is the most expensive site, palawan have great beaches.
12 Jan 07
INDIA!!! if u r in search of diffent cultures, food etc then india is the right place to visit.. though before visting jst plan the place which u r interested in.. as india got both hot, chill, desert, forest , ocean , river ,etc places... so jst decide which u wanna to see as there are lot more to explore in india.. the country of rich culture!
12 Jan 07
if you plan a vacation in Italy you would have such a large offer: seaside holiday, mountains holiday, cities of arts holiday, farm holiday depends which is your typical vacation, i suggest Venice (unique) Florence (my hometown) and a lot of small villages in Tuscany where you can have fun and relax
11 Jan 07
i m frm INDIA. INDIA culture is rich n diverse n its unique in its own way.though we follow different culture n languages but in time of need we r one.indian culture treats guest as god . here u find different kind of foods n clothing.long list of recommended places.u can search on sites. gud discussion topic,have gud day!