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  • Day89

    Day 89: Canterbury Cathedral

    May 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    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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    Joel Baldwin

    Canterbury cathedral

    Joel Baldwin

    Cathedral exterior

    Joel Baldwin

    Sculpture commemorating the murder of Thomas Becket

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  • Day13

    Auf Umwegen nach Canterbury

    June 7, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    So, das war schon ein interessant Weg hierher. Habe am Samstagabend wohl irgendwie was verwechselt. Ich dachte es wären nur 70 km bis Canterbury von London, aber es waren wohl um die 120 km. Es hat ewig gedauert bis ich aus London rauskam. Hatte das Gefühl jeden Hügel und jedes Kackdorf (Entschuldigung, aber die Straßen waren das Letzte) mitnehmen zu müssen was zwischen London und Canterbury lag. Na ja, um es kurz es machen, ich kam in Rochester an, dies ist ungefähr die Mitte zwischen den zwei Orten und war noch höchstmotiviert. Als es dann am Ortsbeginn aber über 2 ellenlange Anstiege ging und zusätzlich noch ein sich über Kilometer hinziehende Hügel kam, biss ich mir echt die Zähne aus. Ich war nicht ganz oben und merkte auf einmal, oh oh oh, da geht so was nichts mehr nach 70 km. Es ist sehr demotivierend wenn du einen Hügel hochfährst und immer nur kurze Abschnitte siehst und denkst es geht nicht mehr steiler, doch das Gegenteil war der Fall.

    Bin mit dem Zug nach Canterbury gefahren und habe nur mein Zelt aufgebaut und habe sofort geschlafen.

    Cool war natürlich auch, die ganze Woche hat es in London entweder geregnet oder gestürmt. Als ich am Sonntag losfuhr war es der heißeste Tag und kein Wind. So wie man es brauch :-P

    Mein Zeltplatz gefällt mir richtig gut, es duschen, waschen und Trinkwasser umsonst dabei. Habe für 3 Nächte gerade mal 18 Pfund bezahlt. Im Vergleich dazu, für 1 Nacht habe ich in London 40 Pfund bezahlt. Habe beschlossen gestern einen Tag in der Hängematte zu verbringen und es war einfach nur himmlisch. Macht das echt mal, denn ganzen Tag nichts tun und lesen oder was auch immer. Heute ging's mir dann so, dass ich unruhig wurde, wenn ich 2 Tage hintereinander nichts mache. Also habe ich mir Canterbury angeguckt und ich war echt begeistert. Die haben die Eingangstüren für jedes Haus in den verschiedensten Farben. Alles sehr klein und eng gehalten im alten Baustil. Einfach Top!!!

    Morgen geht es nach, ah bin mir noch nicht sicher, mal gucken. Entweder nach Dover oder direkt nach Folkstone. Aber keine Sorge, diesmal bereite ich mich besser auf meine Route vor, damit mir nicht nochmal ein Fauxpas passiert.

    Liebste Grüße aus dem besten türkischen Restaurant, in dem ich gespeist habe ;-)
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    Erholung muss auch mal sein ;) Laura

  • Day54


    May 24, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Den White Cliffs entlang bis Deal anschliessend Mittagsrast in Sandwich mit Sandwich und Guinness Chips 😍.
    Übernachtung im schönen Canterbury.

    ->So mancher Engländer beklagt sich über das zu gute Wetter 🤔Read more

    Peter Bühlmann

    There is a may

    Roger Lützelschwab

    Heimweh nach 🇯🇵🤣


    Für gute Ramen fahre ich weit 🤗

    Niels Kessler

    But even if looking green, she is red Ire red

  • Day21

    Canterbury River tour

    August 21, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    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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    Shirley Longhurst

    You were'nt kidding. It is shallow

    Graham Britt


  • Day19

    Sissinghurst Castle Garden

    August 19, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    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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    Shirley Longhurst

    No you can't do that

    Leslee Turner

    Nice though

  • Day31

    Welcome to Britain. Keep left.

    May 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    ... 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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    I love squirrels! Great shot.

    Joy Marshall

    we just gotta do something about the rows of passive listeners

  • Day6

    Canterbury Cathedral & Heimfahrt

    July 14, 2011 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Der letzte Tag in England ist angebrochen. In Canterbury haben wir die "Canterbury Cathedral" besichtigt. Leider durfte man von innen nichts fotografieren... Anschließend haben wir in der Stadt noch etwas gegessen.

    Dann ging es auch schon wieder weiter in Richtung Dover zur Fähre. Gegen 21 Uhr gings zurück nach Calais und da der Seegang ziemlich stark war, waren alle ziemlich froh als wir wieder festen Boden unter den Füßen hatten.
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  • Day83

    Chilly Canterbury

    November 22, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 1 °C

    We woke to a shining example of English weather - no sun shining at all. Looking at the weather we were in for a balmy 7 degree maximum. Still think we'd rather this than the 36 degree days home is getting at the moment. I finally cracked out my specially bought winter leggings to put under my jeans. Boy were these fantastic. American Apparel is on to something here. We walked around Canterbury and saw some historical sites and the high street and busy shops. We stopped for a pint before walking back to the warm house. For dinner we ventured out to an English pub for a great meal before a few more drinks to warm us up. A great day - what a quaint city.Read more

  • Day4


    July 21, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Mercredi, 20 juillet 2016
    Nous arrivons sans problèmes encore avant midi à Douvre. La conduite à gauche n'est pas sans risque, surtout quand il faut bifurquer à droite. Notre première étape n'est heureusement pas très loin. Nous prenons nos quartiers au camping de Canterbury. Les transports publics nous amènent au centre ville où nous admirons l'imposante cathédrale, siège principal de l'église anglicane. Elle est classée monument UNESCO et c'est ici que se trouve la pierre du kilomètre zéro de la Via Francigena. Une promenade à travers les ruelles de la ville médiévale et un un premier repas dans un pub nous font grand bien. Nous visitons le premier parc anglais et profitons de la vue depuis les remparts. Une nuit tranquille nous attend; les terriers de lapins sont juste à côté de notre camping-car.Read more

  • Day33


    August 19, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Vendredi, 19 août 2016
    Notre dernière étape ne se fera pas à Folkstone, le camping affiche "full site". Nous retournerons donc à Canterbury, où nous avons dormi le jour de notre arrivée en UK. Le trajet se fait sans retard, le sens inverse est passablement bouché autour de Londres. Les dernières courses "british" faites, nous nous installons au camping. Nous retrouvons avec plaisir le centre-ville médiéval de Canterbury. Il y a nettement plus de monde aujourd'hui qu'au mois de juillet. Nous allons tester trois adresses du Routard, où on n'a pas été la dernière fois. Le Deeson's British Restaurant nous sert une très bonne cuisine raffinée. The Beaney House abrite, dans une magnifique villa, un immense cabinet de curiosités. Son fondateur voulait faire un lieu de culture pour les classes ouvrières. Il y a des peintures (une salle entière avec des animaux de ferme peints), des trophées de guerres, plein d'animaux empaillés, des objets de pays lointains, d'anciens jouets et dans chaque salle il y a qqch que les enfants peuvent faire en relation avec les objets exposés. Le Tiny Tim's Tearoom, situé dans un bâtiment du XVII, nous accueille pour le tea-time. Le fantôme, qui doit hanter ce lieu, ne s'est pas laisser photographier.Read more

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