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  • #15426

    HayleeB
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    Hi all!My name is Haylee and I am from Melbourne, Australia but am currently living in London, UK! I have been obsessed with British history for the past 10 years and am finally exploring some of the amazing sites of Europe, my highlight being the incredible Westminster Abbey! Loving travelling with my partner and seeing as much of the world as we can. I am a psychiatric nurse back home but am on a forced break from that while in the UK (thanks to the bureaucracy of the UK nurses board  :o) I love the podcasts as it has really helped me to broaden my British history knowledge, having only really explored the 15th-16th centuries previously. Keep up the great work Jamie!

  • #17120

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Hiya Haylee!If you have any photographs that you'd like to share, I've set up a new board for photographs of historical places.  We've got a bunch of listeners from outside the UK who I'm sure would love to see any photographs you might have taken of the area you're in. :)

  • #17121

    HayleeB
    Participant

    Oh what a fantastic idea! I will have a look through my pics and see what ones will be of interest! The trouble is a lot of places dont let you take pics inside or a camera doesnt do the site justice (like the original copy of the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral or inside Westminster Abbey for instance!) but I'm sure I have a few worth posting!

  • #17122

    Chris
    Participant

    Hello Haylee,Where have you been since you arrived in the UK? Any particular favourite places (apart from Westminster Abbey, which of course is amazing)?  :)

  • #17123

    HayleeB
    Participant

    hi Chris!We have been to a fair few places over the last year, Westminster Abbey is undoubtedly my fave building in the world, both inside and out! We travelled around Ireland for 2 weeks and saw some amazing sites, some just off the beaten track thanks to hiring a car and taking our time! We have done most of the big sites around London-the Tower, Hampton Court, several of the museums & galleries plus have been to Kent & Battle, Stonehenge, Bath & Salisbury Cathedral. faves are def Westminster Abbey, Hampton court and Hyde Park, I could spend days in any of those 3 and never get bored!We have a lot to see still, and only 12months left, but I keep adding locations thanks to this podcast! Do you have any suggestions?

  • #17124

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Haylee, those photos are fantastic!  Thank you so much for sharing them!  :)

  • #17125

    Chris
    Participant

    Looks like you have seen more than me! I'm glad you mentioned museums and galleries, the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery are, in a word, impressive and I love visiting these when I am in London. Only a year left....how are you going to choose what to see next? The choices appear endless. There are places I have been but not always on the grand scale as Durham Cathedral or Westminster Abbey; I quite like to visit the smaller places that sometimes get overlooked, however, I would like to see Petworth House, Chatsworth, Knole, Alnwick Castle, Conwy, Caernafon Castle, Chartwell etc. the list goes on and on. There's simply so many places I haven't seen and still want to.I enjoyed Leeds Castle, Apsley House (No. 1 London, the Duke of Wellington's residence, which was smaller than I thought but impressive all the same), Scotney Castle, Bateman's (Rudyard Kipling's Jacobean home and even the first property ever given to the Nation Trust, Alfriston Clergy House. I just like visiting history buildings and ruins and if I could afford it I would take time off work and travel to see them. There is a book called the Treasures of Britain, which has incredible selection of beautiful photos along with informative descriptions of just about all the best places to see in Britain. If you use this book for anything, use it to remind you of the places you have been and the places you still want to see when you plan your next trip back to the UK. My copy was a lot cheaper than shown on Amazon so I know you can get them at a lower price.

  • #17126

    HayleeB
    Participant

    Haylee, those photos are fantastic!  Thank you so much for sharing them!  :)

    Thanks Jamie! I will be adding a few more but I cant claim credit for all of them, my partner takes most of the photos on our trips!!

    Looks like you have seen more than me! I'm glad you mentioned museums and galleries, the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery are, in a word, impressive and I love visiting these when I am in London.

    It helps having a time limit, kinda makes you get out there and see it all while you still can! The museums & galleries are impressive as you say, but sometimes I get caught up in the magnificence of the buildings themselves! I recently went to the Victoria & Albert museum which has an impressive collection but was more moved by the damage outside, remnants of the Blitz which is left to remind people of what the building has survived!I honestly dont know how we are going to fit everything in in the last 12 months but i am going to do my best! Luckily everything feels quite close compared to the distances we are used to driving back home! Thanks for those suggestions though, I feel like I have too many choices and never know where to start, specially know we have done the major touristy spots!

  • #17127

    Chris
    Participant

    Yes, the UK is so small compared to Australia. A trip up to the Lake District for me from Eastbourne (about 350 miles or so) is a big deal but I guess to you guys it's nothing. Good luck with the last 12 months of sightseeing and soaking up as much British history and culture as you can. Just look at this way, if you don't manage it this time it is always something to look forward to next time  ;)

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