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American tourists reveal the ups and downs of their first visit to the UK

Two Americans who recently visited the UK for the first time revealed the good, the bad, the weird and the terrifying of their trip, with driving in Devon and Cornwall falling into the latter category.

Couple Cara Atwell, 37, and Jeremy Davis, 41, arrived in the UK for the first time on March 23 this year for a road trip through England and Scotland, telling MailOnline Travel that “driving in Cornwall and Devon was the scariest thing we experienced.” ‘, adding: ‘From the great highways of the United States to the small winding highways with high walls [hedges] it was terrifying. That’s how our road trip started, so at least it made the rest of the drive look easy by comparison.’

The couple also had to contend with the rental car’s unknown manual gearbox.

Couple Cara Atwell and Jeremy Davis (above) arrived in the UK for the first time on March 23 this year for a road trip through England and Scotland.  The first place they stayed was an Airbnb in the Shoreditch area of ​​London.

Couple Cara Atwell and Jeremy Davis (above) arrived in the UK for the first time on March 23 this year for a road trip through England and Scotland. The first place they stayed was an Airbnb in the Shoreditch area of ​​London.

Cara said: “The first day I drove, I was stopped in a parking lot that I needed to back out of, but it had been so long since I’d driven a manual transmission that we had to sit in the parking lot while I looked up. A Youtube video about how to put a gear stick in reverse

‘Turns out there’s a ring you have to pick up.’

One of the most important places the couple visited once they realized the reverse gear was Stonehenge. It is one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world and is described by English Heritage as “stunning”.

Cara and Jeremy, however, said they were “a little disappointed”, adding: “We knew beforehand that we wouldn’t be able to get very close, but still, it was a bit anticlimactic.” We’re glad we finally saw it in person, but we probably wouldn’t visit again.”

However, the rest of the trip was a great success as the locals were nice to them everywhere we went.

“We didn’t want to leave,” the couple said.

Cara is shown here eating a Cornish pasty in Cornwall.  She said driving in the county was 'scary'

Cara is shown here eating a Cornish pasty in Cornwall. She said driving in the county was ‘scary’

After flying into Heathrow Airport, which they said was “very easy to navigate”, the couple settled into an Airbnb in the hipster area of ​​London’s Shoreditch.

They said: “We loved staying there because it gave us a taste of what it would really be like to live in London rather than if we had stayed in a hotel in a tourist area.”

And London, they declared, has a ‘great vibe’.

They explained: ‘There is so much history and so many different cultures in one city that each new experience was different from the last.

‘We didn’t want to leave. There is so much to see and do in London that we feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface, so we can’t wait to visit again.

Cara (pictured having afternoon tea in York) and Jeremy said they had

Cara (pictured having afternoon tea in York) and Jeremy said they had “amazing food in the UK”, adding: “We already miss things we don’t have in America, like scones with clotted cream or chips with curry sauce.

Jeremy and Cara in Bath: 'a city Americans would fall in love with'

Jeremy and Cara in Bath: ‘a city Americans would fall in love with’

“We thought Camden was really cool and we definitely want to spend more time there in the future. We are big fans of music so going on a music tour and seeing so many important places like Abbey Road and the location of the Ziggy Stardust album cover. [Heddon Street] They were incredible experiences. We were told that we had to see a West End show, but I was hesitant about that until Jeremy convinced me that we should see Back to the Future: The Musical. It was an amazing show and so much fun! I’m so glad we didn’t skip that.

However, it was York who took the applause as “the best part of the trip”.

They said: ‘It was just an amazing and beautiful city, full of such an interesting history. We went to some really good pubs there and had some amazing food.’

Bath was also a winner.

They added: “York and Bath are two cities I think most Americans would fall in love with.”

Were there any preconceived ideas about the UK that you had before you arrived that later dissolved?

They said: “We did a lot of research beforehand, so I don’t think there will be any unexpected surprises, but the UK seems to have a reputation for bad food, which we didn’t find to be true at all.”

York, pictured, was the best part of the trip for Jeremy and Cara

York, pictured, was the best part of the trip for Jeremy and Cara

Jeremy and Cara appear here at Saint Michael's Mount in Cornwall.  They said they would love to visit Wales and Northern Ireland the next time they are in the UK.

Jeremy and Cara appear here at Saint Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. They said they would love to visit Wales and Northern Ireland the next time they are in the UK.

Jeremy shows up here in Camden, a place he and Cara found

Jeremy shows up here in Camden, a place he and Cara found “really cool.”

‘We had so much amazing food in the UK! We already miss things that we don’t have in America, like scones with cream or fries with curry sauce.

Asked if they found any part of life in the UK simply strange, they replied that they were ‘fascinated by the number of taps where the hot and cold water are separate’, adding: ‘Britain seems to be ahead of the United States. United in so many ways, however, that seems very old-fashioned. It’s not very common in the US.’

The couple, who describe themselves as ‘digital nomads’, set off with a huge to-do list and have ‘an even bigger to-do list when we get back’.

They added: ‘We’d make sure to visit Kent and more of the south we miss. We would also love to visit Wales and Northern Ireland.

To watch videos of Cara and Jeremy’s travels, visit their YouTube channel: the magical geek.

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