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The perfect home away from home

England’s food, people and lifestyle make for the perfect home away from home. From rich countrysides to bustling cities, England is the country everyone keeps wanting to come back to year after year.

There are countless things to see and do in England. Like many European countries, it is full of many must-see landmarks with some of these sight-seeing destinations being more historical than others.

Almost everyone is familiar with the biggest attraction in England – the famous city of London. Anyone who visits will instantly fall in love with this lively city as there is something for everyone.

For people who take interest in history, the royal family, and how the English government runs, landmarks like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral are a must-see. These are classic London landmarks almost anyone will recognize.

In order to truly experience London, one must get tickets for the London Eye. On this one-of-a-kind ferris wheel, all of London can be seen with the most incredible, almost cinematic view.

London is also known for its famous fashion destination, Oxford Street. Home to some of the world’s most loved, high fashion brands, Oxford Street is Europe’s most popular fashion street, attracting over 200 million shoppers a year.

Freshman Bridget Boyle says, “With some of my favorite brands like Zara, Topshop, and Selfridges, it would be my biggest dream come true to spend a whole day shopping at Oxford Street.”

The next city to visit is Liverpool, probably one of the most underrated cities in England. The people, their accents, the food, and the actual city is completely different from London or any of the countryside towns.

This city is definitely for fans of one the world’s biggest bands, The Beatles. Full of historic Beatles sights, Liverpool makes for a great tourist attraction.

With places like the famous Cavern Club, Penny Lane, and Strawberry Fields, any fan of The Beatles will instantly have their heart drawn to Liverpool. Being a huge Beatles geek, it was a surreal experience to see all these places that the Beatles wrote about and played at.

However, the ultimate place to see for any Beatles fan is The Beatles Story Exhibition. Almost like a museum, this exhibition depicts the entire story of their career with stunning visual and audio experiences. It is truly one of the most unforgettable trips.

One might find while visiting England that the people have a much different attitude compared to Americans. British people possess a charm that is hard find in most people. They are unmistakably kind and good natured, and will do anything to make you feel at home.

For example, there is no difference between walking into a big department store and walking into a local chippy, the British slang term for a fish and chips shop, as everyone will greet you with kindness, comfort, and as a friend.

Freshman Jordan Becker says, “England seems like such a homey place. I would love to go some day and experience true British culture. Some of my favorite actors are British and there’s truly a quality that they all have that is so easy to fall in love with.”

Having been to England many times and several other countries, England is still the place I keep wanting to go back to. Besides my own home, I do not feel more at home than when I am in England, the perfect home away from home.

Where do you feel most at home?

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