As a Belgian with an English girlfriend, I feel I should write something about her home country.
England isn't exactly a beach holiday destination due to the weather issue, but it's still one of my favourite places to go to for holidays or short breaks and this for the following reasons :
I cannot say no to a full English breakfast. Eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, black pudding --more on the puddings later--, sausages, beans and some other ingredients if you wish.
The traditional "fish and chips" isn't really "haute cuisine" but it's a "must do" when you visit England.
It still is a mystery to me why the English call everything "pudding" or "pie". As a Belgian, the words pudding or pie bring a complete different picture to my mind. Sweet things like cake pop up. Not for the English though. Some examples : "Yorkshire pudding", "Sheppard's pie,"steak and ale pie", "Fish pie", "steak and kidney pudding", to name a few.
Another strange name for a dish (and not very appealing) is "toad in the hole". God knows where they got that name from.
Another thing I like is the English sence of humor. Not all of it is
distinguised (see Benny Hill), but I've always been a fan of Monty Python just to name one of the great programs I watched on the BBC in my younger days.
The English traditions are also worth mentioning of course. Like the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace in London. The double deck buses, the old taxi's and so on.
It was quite an experience for me when I drove on the left side of the road for the first time. But I managed quite well. I was only honked at once lol. I drove all the way up from Dover to Newcastle.
Should you ever visit Newcastle, I have one good piece of advice for you. Be careful with the local beer called "Brown Ale". I tried it once and they didn't warn me it also works as a laxative ;-).