Let's do talk stereotypes this time. Not because we are underinformed or narrow-minded, but simply because capturing the essence of England in an objective and concise way is no doubt beyond anybody's potential (although Emerson did try, comparing it to a garden). And since we need a striking introduction, here it goes. The country where God saves the Queen, fish and chips is flushed down with the afternoon tea, the weather is as changeable as the Royal Guard at Buckingham Palace, and where one Londoner may not make out a single word of what another is saying. That's what you for sure must be prepared for. What else you manage to discover is up to how far your imagination goes. And believe it or not, wherever it goes it's in for an unforgettable treat.
A tour through England is virtually a journey into the past. You may go as far as to the Bronze Age and get swept off your feet with the megalithic Stonehenge, move to the Anglo-Saxon era whose architecture witnessed the shift from paganism to Christianity, play chess in the epicenter of Norman Conquest at Hastings, then take a guided tour of Hampton Court Palace to see where Henry VIII tormented his six wives and get lost in the hedge labyrinth of its garden. Short break in Chesterfield for a cider at Old Poets' Corner and the journey resumes. Bookworms land in Stratford-upon-Avon and take a walk down Henley Street, where little Shakespeare made his first steps; music freaks head to Liverpool, where The Beatles stroke their first chords; sport fans take a dose of competition at the Wimbledon Arena, where tennis was first played. So here we are in London. Exhausted, enchanted, expecting no more buzz. We're sorry to inform you, but this is just the beginning.