AAA Traveler - Winter 2013 - (Page 14)

B r it s Hail to tHe when should you visiT This naTion of pubs & palaces, shakespeare & rock? now! 14 Visit your local aaa office Call 1-800-750-5386 CliCk images: (pages 15-16) alamy G Take an equally atmospheric journey on the ulls dip and dive across a restored steam train that trundles through the pencil-thin horizon of rolling Cotswolds, a lush region in the southdeep-blue sea. The scent of west dotted with quaint thatched-roofed vinegary fish and chips wafts cottages, swans-a-swimming streams and through cobbled streets. A postcard-worthy limestone villages. Sheep holiday favorite, the charmnibble, horses canter and time stands still in ing Cornish fishing village of Padstow is flanked by bucket-and-spade beaches and lined these quintessentially English shires. But England isn’t pure rural idyll—we with flower-decked whitewashed cottages. are, after all, talking about the home of the But Padstow is a microcosm of only one slice Industrial Revolution. You can find of England, which packs a huge fascinating ways to experience the amount of variety into its more than BY 400-mile-long territory: rolling hills leslie country’s happy marriage of invention and tradition. Try a tour of the and dipping dales, tiny villages and Woit Wedgwood china factory in Stafvibrant cities and architecture that fordshire, then relax into the spans the ages. And at every turn, a so-British ritual of afternoon tea served on pub with a perfect pint of ale where locals the famous wafer-thin porcelain. congregate, ready for a good chat. Nowhere is the imprint left by the Romans, The classic rural retreats—the Lake District, who occupied England for about 400 years, the Cotswolds and Cornwall—have earned the more apparent than at the elaborate bathing English countryside its reputation as a haven of facilities they built 2,000 years ago in Bath. greenery. Natural beauty inspired a panoply of After you’ve toured the Roman Baths, soak in painters, novelists and poets such as William the same thermal waters the Romans once Wordsworth, the 18th-century Romantic. bathed in at Thermae Bath. Devoted to beauty, he cherished it in his native The mystical and the mythical are both on Lake District, in northwest England. Today, the ticket at Glastonbury. Its ancient abbey is plying the gentle waters of Lake Windermere thought to be the resting place of King Arthur. aboard a Victorian steamboat, you’ll see the More recently, New Agers have arrived, same panorama he immortalized in his poetry. http://www.AAA.COM/TRAVEL

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AAA Traveler - Winter 2013

AAA Traveler - Winter 2013
Table of Contents
On the Move
Your Story
Ask the Experts
Alaska Inside & Out
Your Own Private Island
Hail to the Brits
A Family Affair
Italy Four Ways
Coastal Cruising
A World of Enchantment
Trip Notes
Pilgrimage to Cape Cod
All in a Day
Photo Challenge

AAA Traveler - Winter 2013