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City of Canterbury

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  • Day21

    Canterbury River tour

    August 21 in the United Kingdom

    Well it isn’t Bruges but Canterbury does have a River and it does have a river tour.

    A very pleasant fellow called Pete rowed us up and down the Stour River.

    It’s about as deep as a decent bath but is amazingly clear as it drains through chalk. (Think White Cliffs of Dover).

    Pleasant sit for 45 minutes, past (under) oldest road bridge in England. Originally buit by Saxons and widened in 1770’s.

    Very interesting way to see the city, the flind used in the walls cuts the noise amazingly, also kills any phone reception.

    Past ancient buildings including Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr Hospital where pilgrims got one night free and one drink.

    Not a hospital Hospital but a plave of hospitality.

    Past part of King’s School that’s ben operating since 6th Centuru. Not known if the curriculum has been updted, we can only assume.
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  • Day19

    Sissinghurst Castle Garden

    August 19 in the United Kingdom

    Plan 2.

    Off to Sissinghurst Castle.

    We know that you remember Vita Sackville-West of Knole fame.
    She of the well known Poems and books (none of which I can remember). From a popular culture point of view she is as well remembered as the lover of Virginia Wolf.

    You may remember that her cousin Eddy inherited Knole although he didn’t want it and she wanted it but couldn’t inherit.

    So she and her husband bought an Elizabethan manor house with a 4 storey tower and proceeded to design and plant one if England's most famous gardens. Strange place. No real centre, parents slept in one cottage, sons and kitchen in another, library in another.

    Very interesting place.
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  • Day89

    Day 89: Canterbury Cathedral

    May 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Time for the next UNESCO word heritage site! Up at a decent time and had breakfast in our room before the reasonably short drive over to Canterbury. The site in Canterbury is actually three separate churches, not just the main cathedral. First stop for us was St Martin's church, one of the oldest in the country and I think the longest continually-operating church in the English speaking world. Something like that anyway - sounds impressive but with several qualifiers tacked on.

    Unfortunately it was closed as we expected, so we just grabbed a few photos and had a quick wander around the outside. Next stop was Canterbury Cathedral itself, were we got a good parking spot just outside the walls of the city. Fairly short walk through the gates and down the main street to the cathedral proper.

    The cathedral as an entity actually dates back to the 7th century, though the current building was started just after the Norman conquest. It's historically been the most powerful religious office in the country, though I'm not sure why - probably because of its proximity to the Continent and thus Rome.

    We had a look around inside which was quite interesting; it's very large and a bit hodge-podge as it's been built in several stages over the centuries. The most interesting feature was a candle burning on the main altar in honour of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered on the orders of Henry II back in the 11th century. There was some disagreement between Thomas and Henry about religious and political power, Thomas ended up excommunicating Henry, and Henry responded by asking his knights to "do something about it". So they killed him in cold blood.

    Thomas was venerated by the pope fairly quickly (though not sainted), the shrine erected in his honour attracted thousands of pilgrims every year. One of the earliest English novels, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, is set amongst a group of pilgrims travelling to Becket's shrine. Unfortunately the shrine was destroyed during the Reformation, when Henry VIII kicked out the Catholics and declared that all church property was now Crown property instead.

    Also chuffed to learn that one of the 12th century Archbishops was named Baldwin! He only reigned for a short period before he died on the Third Crusade near the city of Acre in modern Syria.

    Finishing off our visit, it started to rain quite heavily, so we retreated to a fancy burger place just across from the exit. And since it was well past lunchtime, we waited out the rain by eating burgers. Good quality too, and Shandos's courgette fries were quite unusual and tasty.

    Final stop for the day was at the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, just near the cathedral. This was a monastery founded by the first archbishop of Canterbury in the 6th century, St Augustine, who had been sent to the British Isles by Pope Gregory to start converting people to Christianity. It looked semi-interesting, but we didn't actually go in since it was quite expensive and didn't look worth it. Next time perhaps!

    Back in the car where we headed back to Margate, via a pub of course for a quick pint. Also stopped at Tesco on the way home to pick up dinner supplies - more pasta to cook in our flat. Ended up staying in all evening, working on videos and writing. Moving onwards tomorrow!
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  • Day31

    Welcome to Britain. Keep left.

    May 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    ... And I do try to keep left in most ways. Ferry load and ride to get here from Calais is just like doing the Spirit of Tassie , just nine hours shorter. It took only a few hundred yards and some adrenaline to unlearn my advanced and seamless European driving skills. We called in on our namesake church this afternoon. Friendly welcome and a personal tour. Good to sense another lively congregation going and growing with the times.
    Tonight is a special treat for me. I bought the tickets months ago when I found the dates worked out. More on this next...
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  • Day18

    Canterbury Club Campsite 2. Tag

    October 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Heute ist wirklich mal ein Ruhetag mit relaxen angesagt, so haben wir uns für heute einfach gar nichts vorgenommen. Ein bisschen ausschlafen, einen schönen Hundespaziergang und ein wenig lesen und einfach das machen was das Herz begehrt.
    Morgen geht es wieder auf die Fähre nach Dover und dann rüber nach Calais. Wir haben uns entschlossen Morgen nochmals ca. 3h Richtung Belgien zu fahren, so dass dann am Donnerstag die Rückreise nicht mehr gar so weit geht. So müssen wir uns Morgen von Didi auf der Fähre verabschieden, er hat noch eine weitere Woche Ferien und wird Richtung Normandie fahren und dort noch ein paar schöne Tage alleine verbringen.Read more

  • Day20

    High St Observations

    August 20 in the United Kingdom

    Greatest need in UK retail is for mirrors that show people what they actually look like. (Probably not a retailing success.)

    All teenagers are the same.

    There will eventually be a “National Day of Tattoo Regret.”

    August must be National Bosom Month.

    Older men still have those pink pants and rose coloured shirts in their wardrobes and even worse are wearing them against their families advice.

  • Day20

    More Reflections from Bern

    August 20 in the United Kingdom

    As a further comment on men’s fashions, it is true to say that cargo pants are big

    The English are generally exceedingly polite so it is important to call a toilet the cloak room or the facilities.

    It is the first time I have seen the word rill used in everyday speech. “ be careful near the roll” ….. small flow of water

    Recycling is only on the edge of consciousness

    Wasps are taking over the country eating all the jam from cream teas (scones and jam and cream) and from any open juices, thus forcing the eating public inside. Even there you are not safe; one cafe with a wasp’s nest under the table. ( you may remember but it was in the same cafe with the surly cashiers and they couldn’t care less)

    Pubs are not allowed to operate unless they offer a Sunday roast and sell hummus ( a different variety than we know)

    The Motorways ( the dreaded Ms) don’t have slow lanes, they have crawler lanes.

    However you think a name is pronounced….you are wrong
    eg the town of Wrotham becomes Root em which is not nice in polite company.

    For anyone who watches English murder mysteries, Lewis England is much prettier than Frost England.

    Some wonderful towns and hamlets have given us great laughs
    Watch out for Pluck’s gutter
    Newbiggin by the sea
    Wells next the sea
    Bad Munsterfield Road
    Thanington Without
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