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Most tourists in England just visit London, and perhaps Stonehenge. But there are many more things to see in the English countryside.

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The village of Wareham, on the Isle of Purbeck. It's a popular holiday spot for Londoners, but not many Americans go here.  Nearly every villager, of all ages, wanted to stop and chat with me once they heard my American accent.

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River in Wareham.

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Street in Wareham.

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Church in Wareham. It dates back to the 11th century.

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Sheep pasture at edge of town.

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A cricket game.  I had no idea what was going on, but it sure looked like they were having fun.  :)

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A pub frequented by Lawrence of Arabia.

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Remains of the Saxon defensive wall-and-ditch that once surrounded the town of Wareham.

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Corfe Castle. Isle of Purbeck.

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View from Corfe Castle.

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Cadbury Castle, an old hilltop wall-and-ditch fortress.  It is traditionally the site for King Arthur's Camelot.

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View from Cadbury Castle. Each stepped terrace would have been surrounded by a wooden wall and defensive ditches.

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The Tor.  According to tradition, this was the site of the Isle of Avalon. The Tor is the remains of the Church of St Michael.

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A church in Glastonbury. Glastonbury was one of the earliest centers of Christianity in Britain.

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Wells Cathedral.

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Wells Cathedral.

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Moat at the Bishop's Palace, Wells Cathedral.

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The White Horse. An ancient figure carved into the chalk.

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Avebury Stone Circle. Much larger than the more famous Stonehenge.

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The defensive bank-and-ditch surrounding Avebury.  Having earlier studied the ramparts surrounding Wareham, I was probably the only tourist there who realized that the Avebury defensive ditch faced INWARDS, not outwards.

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Stonehenge.

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Silbury Hill. An artificial hill painstakingly built up one basketfull at a time. Nobody knows why it was made.

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The Cerne Giant. An ancient figure, perhaps representing Hercules, carved into the chalk.

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English countryside landscape.

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English Channel at Portland Bill.

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Lighthouse at Portland Bill.

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Poole Harbor.

OK, it was cold, wet and cloudy the whole time---but by golly, England had some of the prettiest snails I have ever seen:

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