My Architectural Fascination-England

My First Visit to England

Went I first visited England in March 2006, I instantly fell in love with the variety of architectural styles that growing up in central Texas hadn't provided me. Thatched roofs were something I had only seen on picture puzzles of quaint cottages. Castles were fairytale material. Yet, I now found myself submerged in a culture where they were as ordinary as trees. I'm sure I must have spent those three days with my mouth gaping open the entire time. Awestruck is understatement.

I was so smitten by the beauty, charm and history that engulfed me, that I booked a return trip to England as soon as I got home. This time I had to take my daughter with me. For the best rate on airfare, it meant I would have to pull my daughter out of school one day early. For that, I needed the principal's personal approval. I met with him and he must have thought I was a crazy woman as I poured my heart and soul into an impromptu speech about the why I felt my daughter would receive a much richer education from being in England than spending her last day of school doing nothing. He agreed with me and excused her absence.

The Second Visit

I arrived in England with my daughter in May 2006 just two short months from being there the first time. This time we stayed a full week. The pictures you see below of Chester and Avebury were from this second trip. My daughter fell in love with Chester. I think it had a lot to do with the variety specialty shops.

The second trip was even more exciting since I now could see this world through my daughter's eyes as well. Unfortunately, as many kids do, she spent a lot of time in the backseat playing her Nintendo DS with me hollering at her to hurry up and look at something before we passed it. Sometimes, she missed it. Sigh. We joked that someday she'd look back on that trip and wish she had looked out the window more instead of playing her game. That day has already come.

She did get to experience Stonehenge, Avebury and Casterigg stone circles. She felt the thrill of seeing castles and thatched roof cottages. She stood at the Roman built Hadrian's Wall in northern England at the Scotland border. She walked the Roman walls of Chester. She too fell in love with the architecture.

Future Visits

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't long to go back to England. I have pictures everywhere that remind of the beauty and majesty and they call me back. The pictures you see here were taken with a simple 4 megapixel Kodak camera with auto-everything. Since then, we have purchased an incredible Nikon D-300 camera and hope to take breathtaking photos the next time around.

Look for more hubs after that next visit.

My daughter in a phonebox in Avebury England
My daughter in a phonebox in Avebury England
Colorful cottage with thatched rooftop near Lyme Regis, England
Colorful cottage with thatched rooftop near Lyme Regis, England
Beautiful church in England (sorry for the crooked picture)
Beautiful church in England (sorry for the crooked picture)
Tintern Abbey in Wales
Tintern Abbey in Wales
Beautiful church window in England
Beautiful church window in England
A beautiful window in Chester, England
A beautiful window in Chester, England
Grosvenor Hotel in Chester, England
Grosvenor Hotel in Chester, England
I love these windows on this 1911 building in Chester, England
I love these windows on this 1911 building in Chester, England
I just love all of this architecture! This was taken in Chester, England.
I just love all of this architecture! This was taken in Chester, England.
A peak through a walkway at a cathedral in Avebury, England.
A peak through a walkway at a cathedral in Avebury, England.
A restored structure caught from a pathway in Avebury, England.
A restored structure caught from a pathway in Avebury, England.

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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Nice hub.  LIked the pictures. Have you visted Italy yet, say Venice or Florence? Or Brugges, Belgium? Well, if you do, get ready to "flip out!"


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, Alekhouse. No, I haven't visited the places you mentioned. I wanted to visit France when I was in England the last time, but we ran out of time. I also wanted to go on a Meditteranean cruise that my employer sponsored a few years ago, but that didn't happen. Someday, I'm going to see more of the world!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

I am so in love with England. I would love to travel the world. Been to all parts US (except Maine), parts of Canada, Mexico and Caribbean. I keep eyeing a job in London, but alas, could not afford to take it. Thank you for allowing me to live vicariously through your hub.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Lovely pictures KCC...but then you had such a picturesque subject! :)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Paper Moon: You have to go at least visit England! For the March 2006 flight I paid $388 for a roundtrip non-stop flight from DFW to Gatwick Airport in London. Two months later, as it neared the summer season, I paid just over $500 for a ticket. Still, most domestic flights can be in that range. Thanks for stopping by.

Feline Prophet: I'm glad you enjoyed my photos. Yes, England provided great photo opportunities! Thanks for stopping by.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I'm looking for a place with the right heart for my Duck Inn.. You may be my best link!! LOL!!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Candie: England has such a warm inviting feel to it. I highly recommend it!


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

We have plenty of crappy houses as well remember lol. However there is some sensational architecture. I created a zone on Helium about stately homes with some links which might be useful for a future holiday. Let me know what you think if you have time.

Nice hub all the same.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Oooo, sounds like fun, Ethel! I'll have to check them out! Thanks for stopping by!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I've been to Chester! I got a haircut there, before driving into Wales. All of your photos are sumptuous. I enjoyed this Hub, really I did. Thanks.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, James! Chester has such charm. I bought some postcards when I was there and it remarkable how little the buildings there have changed since the late 1800s. It really is magical for me to stroll through town there.

I'm really glad you enjoyed this hub, James. I always enjoy your comments.


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Rik Ravado 7 years ago from England

Interesting to read about England from an outsider's view. Makes me appreciate living here more! It is easy to ignore the infinately varied British landscape. England is great for walking too. Sussex or Dorset on the south coast are worth a visit. But then I also love Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Lake District (lots of hills, moorland and great buildings in natural stone). Enjoyable Hub!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Rik! Ihave been all over England (well, almost). I have lost count of all the counties (I forget if you call them that) that I have been to there, but I know I have been to Dorset and Sussex. i have also been to the beautiful Lake District. I have other hubs where I talk about these other places I've been. I have a top 10 list of places to go in England too.

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