United Kingdom
Durham

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14 travelers at this place:

  • Mar13

    Durham, England

    March 13 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    Durham was a wonderfully unexpected kickoff to my travels. This is where I began, admittedly not alone. I traveled to Durham with a friend, met two new friends, and came out of this visit inspired and excited to see where my travels would bring me. These new friends also introduced me to Find Penguins!

    Highlighted here are some of my favorite moments and discoveries from out around Durham, including a vintage shop. My friend and I love finding thrift shops in new towns and cities. I much prefer returning home with an old t-shirt or piece of jewelry from a local thrift shop than a brand new, probably over priced, run of the mill printed piece of apparel from a souvenir shop! You pay a fraction of the price, and often retain a better memory of the place you got it from because of its uniqueness!

    Our hosts brought us to one of their favorite restaurants, a Lebanese restaurant called "Lebaneat". They had been raving about the baba ganoush and with great reason! They both have several dietary restrictions but knew this was a place that they could find a delicious and accommodating meal. My friend and I eat everything under the sun, and we were equally blown away by the food. Truly a contender for top Lebanese food experience - and I've had many!

    We also found a gin bar called “Tin of Sardines”, named for their claim to be “Durham’s smallest bar”. And it was indeed! Just one tiny room, the “bar” part was arranged on one wall of the room, so there was in fact no bar at all, just a shelf where the bartender could concoct the drinks. There were benches built into the opposite wall, and a bathroom in the back. A fantastic use of a space and an interesting concept for a bar! Because of the space limitations, the bartenders are inevitably part of your conversation and experience. Not intrusively so, just enough to discover what kind of drink you like or are in the mood for and then NAIL IT. Sidenote: I’ve worked in cocktail bars as a server for four years now, and thus have developed an interest and appreciation for unique bar designs. I learned here that gin bars in the UK are typically identified by an extensive selection of gins, as well as tonics. I had no idea that so many different flavors and styles of tonic existed! In the US, I've pretty much written tonic off as a gin mixer, opting for soda water instead. Partially to do with the quinine content, but also because the taste doesn't appeal to me and tends to take away from the flavor of the gin. But this place re-opened my mind to the classic G&T. Definitely going to research what other tonic options we have at home, aside from the standard soda brands. This bar left us raving about our drinks (one of us slightly more passionately than the others...comparing her drink to a long lost love that she would be dreaming about for nights to come...).

    Other than those spots, we ate at a couple of different pubs, got fish and chips for takeaway, explored the shops in Market Hall, and just got lost in the tiny alleyways around town that serve as shortcuts from one street to another. This was fun because we almost never knew where we would end up! Great way to learn the layout of the town.

    Special thanks to our star tour guide, a remarkable 14 year old with a brain and creative spark like I’ve never seen before. We were so lucky to have her guidance, company, conversation, and adventurous spirit in this little castle town!
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  • Day8

    Durham

    December 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 34 °F

    Left the coast and drove west to Durham. The River Wear loops around the Romanesque Durham Cathedral and Norman Durham Castle. North of the castle, 13th-century, medieval Crook Hall is home to gardens and a maze. South of the river, Durham University offers a Botanic Garden.

  • Day8

    Durham Cathedral

    December 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 32 °F

    Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of Europe. Set grandly on a rocky promontory next to the Castle with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly recognizable to people travelling up and down the East Coast Main Line.Read more

  • Day2

    Durham

    October 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Gegen Mittag geht die Fahrt weiter nach Durham. Hier geniessen wir bei strahlendem Sonnenschein unser Lunch auf der Terrasse eines der zahlreichen kleinen Cafes in der berühmten Saddler Street.
    Danach geht's zum Shoppen in den University Bookstore.
    Den ach so berühmten Senfladen von Mrs Mustard haben wir leider nicht gefunden. Dafür waren wir in der Market Hall, hier gab's aber leider nur Ramsch.Read more

  • Day2

    Durham Cathedral

    October 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Nach dem Lunch besuchen wir die Durham Cathedral. Die liegt super schön gelegen inmitten des Campus. Die Anlage strahlt Ruhe aus. Studenten sitzen auf der Wiese vor der Bibliothek in der Sonne. So können wir etwas Campus Luft schnuppern, bevor wir in die eindrucksvolle Kathedrale gehen.

  • Day7

    Durham

    July 13, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Nach drei Stunden Zugfahrt erreichten wir Durham. In einem Computergeschäft konnte man sein Gepäck für 5 £ abstellen, danach liefen wir hoch zur Kathedrale. Die Fassade und die Wiese davor erinnerten mich stark an Harry Potter. Innen war die Kathedrale riesig. Imposante Säulen stützten die gothischen Bögen, farbige Glasfenster liessen die Wände schimmern. Beinahe eine Stunde blieben wir in der Kathedrale. Danach liefen wir zum Schloss, das gleich nebenan war. Leider kommt man aber nur mit einer gebuchten Tour ins Innere.
    Wir besuchten einen Markt, der seltsame Dinge wie Perrücken und Plastikbehälter für Goldfische verkaufte.

    Nachdem wir unsere Rucksäcke wieder abgeholt hatten, liefen wir zum Bahnhof und nahmen den nächsten Zug nach Alnmouth. Von dort mussten wir ein Stück zur Bushaltestelle laufen, wo uns ein Bus zu unserem schönen Youth Hostel in Alnwick brachte.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Durham, Dūnholm, درم, Горад Дарэм, Дърам, دورهام, דרהאם, Դարհեմ, MME, ダラム, 더럼, Dunelmum, Daramas, Дарем, Дарам, เดอรัม, ڈرہم، انگلستان, 對衡, 達拉謨

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