The Kilns. Home of C.S. Lewis, Oxford, England. Shortly before the start of World War II, many children were evacuated to the English countryside in anticipation of attacks on London and other major urban areas by Nazi Germany. As a result, three school girls, Margaret, Mary and Katherine, came to live at The Kilns in September of 1939. Lewis later suggested that the experience gave him a new appreciation of children.
Those seeking a reprieve from city life will find the serenity of simpler times in Giethoorn. Instead of roads, the car-free village has miles of canals, so the primary means of transport is by boat. Float down the narrow canals, past thatched-roof farmhouses and cottages encircled by blooming gardens, and beneath dozens of wooden bridges that connect each grassy plot of land. Or return in the winter, when ice skaters glide on the frozen canals.