excellent explanation of the difference between GB, UK and England

Great Britain is the official name given to the two kingdoms of England and Scotland, and the principality of Wales. The United Kingdom (UK) includes these areas as well as Northern Ireland. Britain refers to only England and Wales, though some will sho

King Edward's Chair, where English monarchs have been crowned for over 1000 years.

King Edward's Chair, where English monarchs have been crowned for over 1000 years. Note the Stone of Scone is NOT in the empty place right under the seat.

Top 10 walks on Skye

Top 10 walks on Skye

The 'cloudy island,' aka Isle of Skye-Scotland. Where part of my husband's family originated from. One of the most beautiful places on earth! The misty isle the top tourist place to visit in the world 2014

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Her natural and industrial resources Infographic map of Great Britain made in late at Boston Public Library: “ Title: Great Britain. Her natural and industrial.

Maiden Castle, Dorset, England  Maiden Castle, the largest and most complex Iron Age hill fort in Britain.

Maiden Castle, Dorset, the largest and most complex Iron Age hill fort in Britain. They also produced evidence of an extensive late Iron Age cemetery, where many of the burials had suffered horrific injuries in attacks or skirmishes.

Court dress of ivory silk and silk tulle, Great Britain, 1860-65. Photos © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Low neck and short sleeves trimmed with tiers of net, machine embroidered in yellow chain stitch, which is also on the front of the bodice, where it is edged with ruched yellow and white gauze ribbon. Train, 11 ft. long, attaches to waist, hand-embroidered in satin stitch with roses and morning glory, edges trimmed with machine embroidered net-insertion with pleated ribbon borders.

Court dress of ivory silk and silk tulle, Great Britain, Photos © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

No Arthurian legend would be complete without Excalibur.  It is sometimes attributed with magical powers or associated with the rightful sovereignty of Great Britain. Sometimes Excalibur and the Sword in the Stone (the proof of Arthur's lineage) are said to be the same weapon, but in most versions they are considered separate. The sword was associated with the Arthurian legend very early. In Welsh, the sword is called Caledfwlch.

Avalon Camelot King Arthur: The Sword in the Stone. The technology of sword making required knowledge of pouring iron into a stone mold. It was passed between tribes and eventually the story took on the image we see today.

Great Britain

City Guide: London

Where To Go When: Great Britain & Ireland is the essential holiday planner, unearthing the best of every region of Great Britain & Ireland season by season.     It boasts six different holiday themes from History and Heritage and Wildlife to Festivals and Events ensuring that there is something for everybody. With regional listings and practical advice on local transport, hotel and restaurant options finding your ideal getaway is made simple.

Where to Go When: Great Britain & Ireland by DK Publishing (Barnes & Noble has it)

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