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Dane John Gardens

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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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  • 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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  • Day4

    Canterbury

    July 21, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    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

    Canterbury

    August 19, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    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

  • Day83

    Chilly Canterbury

    November 22, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    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

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