"...This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England..." is the most memorable line from Shakespeare's 1595 play Richard III. It neatly sums up the affection Englishmen have for their "sceptered isle."
For many, the very best of that land lies in London's Backyard, in what William Blake called "England's Green and Pleasant Land" in his 1804 poem Milton.
London's Backyard takes you on a series of 25 one-day journeys to nearby towns, villages, and countryside by inexpensive public transportation, or by private car. Suggested walking tours are included, along with everything you need to know for a wonderful outing.
At long last, my new travel guide app for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPodTouch is ready and raring to go.
Ready for some fun? Take a ride on the Bluebell Railway, where the Age of Steam lives on in all its glory. Then relive World War II espionage while experiencing the birth of modern computers at Bletchley Park. Britain's oldest recorded town, Colchester, began in the Bronze Age. Today its ancient castle displays Celtic and Roman antiquities, its quirky local museum delights kids and grownups alike, and its progressive zoo is easily among the best anywhere.
Take a stroll along the Thames near Cookham, wallowing in scenes that made some major painters famous, while the Keeper of the Royal Swans carried out the Queen's bidding and an author was inspired to write an immortal children's book. Another walk, which can be either short or long, takes you into the 18th century at the preserved canal village of Stoke Bruerne.
These are just five of the 25 one-day adventures that await you in London's Backyard, backed up by 225 separate entries just packed with information, hundreds of photos, maps covering everything, and links galore to restaurant menus, museum website, and much, much more.
Everything included on this app is fully embedded and does not require WiFi or cell connections to function.
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