National Geographic : 1954 Apr
The Dukeof Beaufort, K. G., judginghunters at the White City Stadium. Seated left: the Former Naval Person. Planning a vacation in Europe? Sir Alexander Maxwell explains why it is a good idea for you to start your trip in Britain-where there is no language barrier. Sir Alexander Maxwell, ranking authority on British tourism, was re cently asked to name S Britain's greatest single attraction for American visitors. "The English language," replied Sir Alexander. "We have no monopoly on scenery or picturesque customs or SIR ALEXANDER MAXWELL foreign atmosphere. But in Britain the American visitor can make friends without using a dictionary.As a result, he enjoys himself more." So start your trip in Britain. All the foreign flavor, the new sights and sensations are there. But the complications of struggling with a foreign language are miraculously removed. What's more, you'll find it easier to make the transition to British food. The cooking is more like your own-simple, straightforward and appetizing. Food rationing is virtually at an end. You can get all the roast beef you want. Britain is a very small country-about the size of Wyoming. This means that you can see an astonishing variety of people and places in a very short time. Indeed, if you are really pressed, you can breakfast in the Welsh mountains, lunch at Oxford, have your tea at Blenheim, and dine at Windsor. And the next morning you can wake up in Edinburgh. You definitely get more for your money in Britain. Bed and a huge breakfast can cost you as little as $2.50, a full-course dinner about $1.00. You can buy a tweed jacket for $17.00. Your round-trip ticket across the Atlantic needn't cost you more than $500. If you go to Britain in this New Elizabethan Age, you'll find the old British flair for pomp and circumstance more brilliant than ever. The scar let uniforms, the Royal processions, the dashing cavalry, the grandeur and the gaiety are back. (If you saw the Coronation on TV, you'll know how stirring these things can be.) So see your Travel Agent. For free illustrated literature, write to British Travel Association, Box 11G, 336 Madison Ave., New York 17, N. Y.