I have to admit that this post was inspired by a reader who made a very nice comment from England. Understand that there is a lot more to the story than just a comment, my wife and I have always want to"go on holiday" to England! As I've mentioned in a previous post, I have always had a fascination with Doctor Who so that is where I first had my interest in Britain. For my wife, when she was growing up she loved the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen's books. I have been to Europe, although that was back in 1987; but I did get to visit Belgium, France and Italy. So jolly ole England has eluded me for decades now and I really want to go!
I'm not completely sure, but I believe I did have ancestry from England so there alone is some motivation. I remember when I was taking my undergrad and we had a guest professor from Bath, England. (Funny, I first thought the Education Department was joking with me when they told me he was from "Bath"!) For Doctor Who, it was more than just a show; I loved it because they would film on location all over the countryside so it was the best way for me to see different things...better than a documentary anyway! It inspired me to watch other British shows like Monty Python, Benny Hill, Fawlty Towers, etc. And then there's Bond...James Bond, I loved watching the movies and reading some of the books; I mean who wouldn't want to go to England for him?
In recent years, a new thing has emerged, though they are rather old fictional stories, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia were the icing on the cake! I do remember watching the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (animated) when I was really young, but nothing prepared me more like watching those current live-action films. Talk about REALLY wanting to go to England...WOW! To visit the places where the two authors use to work and live is just too much to be true. And speaking of writers, I would be remised if I didn't mention...Shakespeare. If you've read previous postings you would know that I was big into theater so this shouldn’tcome as a big surprise. To be able to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon and see all things Shakespeare would really be a dream come true.
Currently, I'm teaching History so this is a no brainer because I have studied the British monarchy and I have been watching them since I was young. I remember staying up really, really late to watch Charles and Diana get married and sadly the funeral for Diana as well. I always found the British monarchy to be one of the most interesting families to study. From Henry the VIII to Queen Elizabeth I, I remember watching several reenactments of their lives on TV and in the movies. Yes, I did watch William and Kate get married...I'm sure Di would have been proud of the both of them. It’s amazing how much Kate reminds me of Diana in how she cares about the people and how she presents herself.
I hope someday soon Jaimee and I will get the chance to visit England. It would really be a dream come true. Somehow I think this is a reachable goal, I just hope it will be sooner more than later because Jaimee and I really want to see the whole country; not just one city...sorry London.
Song of Inspiration [Check it out on iTunes!]:
Song: “Kings and Queens"
Artist: Audio Adrenaline
Album: Kings and Queens
This is a picture that I took when I was in Paris back in 1987 and I used a 110 camera (just google it). [and...Yes, I took the picture!] I would like to have a picture of Jaimee and I being in England!