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As a young man I spent most of my weekends flying gliders with the Air Cadet Gliding Program in Ontario. One of my best friends, and fellow pilots, came to me one day and asked if I was interested in going to England with him. Both our backgrounds were that of English heritage and I hadn't been back in years, so I figured why not... and so off we went.
We both had family in various parts of the country, as well as friends, and we made a point of visiting with as many as we could. From London, to Brighton, and places in between and around, we toured. There wasn't a place that didn't see us spending time with locals in a pub somewhere.
One thing we were both really keen on was anything aviation, including museums and getting to an English gliding club so we put time aside and off we went. As both of us were very experienced glider pilots and instructors, we were keen to see how a gliding club was run in the UK, and, we wanted to fly something a little different. It was a great experience and one I'd do all over again.
We visited a couple of aviation museums and had the opportunity to see some World War II fighters such as spitfires, flying about.The English countryside is breathtaking, from the ground and especially from the air. Green, lush, rolling hills, ancient stone fences, fabulous old farmhouses and farms, and narrow, winding roads. I don't think there was a village or town that didn't have at least one pub and there is no better a place in England to enjoy a pint and a steak & kidney pie, along with a chat, than a real English country pub.
If you've ever wanted to head to the UK on holiday, don't just spend time in cities such as London. Get out to the rural areas and meet the locals for a pint.
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