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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York June 27th 2009

Yesterday, we left Durham and made our way to York, via Whitby. We stopped off at Whitby Abbey, the site of an Anglo-Saxon abbey. When we left Durham, there were a few clouds in the sky. By the time we arrived in Whitby, it was wet and misty. Our first taste of true English weather! We were fortunate enough to be at the abbey at the right time, because when we had finished our exploration, more of the ruins were shrouded in fog. We then drove on to York in the afternoon. We did not do much. We visited the historic laudrette in York before going out for dinner. Today, we spent all of the morning exploring the Minster. We walked through the Museum Gardens between our place and the old city, where we saw our ... read more
Whitby Abbey.
Whitby Abbey.
York Minster.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham June 25th 2009

Today we visited the Norman cathedral and castle in Durham. Both building are perched above the town on a bend of the River Wear. The Cathedral contains the tobms of St Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede. A very moving experience to visit both these tombs. The Norman architecture was very different to that of the Gothic cathedrals that we have visited so far. The castle is now owned by the University and serves as student accomodation. The only way we were able to see inside the castle was to be a part of a tour with an official guide. The castle was originally the home of the Prince Bishopd for many centuries. Over the years, each of the Prince Bishops put their own touches to the buildings of the castle. It has one of the best ... read more
Durham Castle.
Durham Cathedral.
Anglo-Saxon church of Escomb.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County » Durham June 24th 2009

Today was another big driving day with very little action in between. We called into Coventry on our way to Durham to see the tapestry of 'Christ in Glory' that hang in the Cathedral. The present Cathedral was built in the 1950s, after the original Cathedral was destroyed by incendary bombs during WWII. The new Cathedral still has a modern look and feel, given the date that it was built. We then drove on to Spondon, in Derbyshire, so that I (Terry) could visit where my grandparents lived before they came to Australia in 1914. Then we made our way (almost 3 hours of motorway driving) to Durham. We decided to leave visiting the Norman Cathedral and Castle until tomorrow to make sure that we can give them the thorough exploration they deserve.... read more
Christ in Glory.
Coventry Cathedral.
Lady Godiva.

Antarctica » Temp June 23rd 2009

We headed off for our Shakespeare experience in Stratford-upon-Avon. One the way, we visited several beautiful villages in the Cotswolds; Lower Slaughter, Upper Slaughter, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Camden, and Snowshill. All had their individual charm. We particularly liked Lower Slaughter and Snowshill. We arrived at Stratford-upon-Avon in the early afternoon and visited Shakespeare’s birthplace and his tomb in Holy Trinity Church. We also walked through Hall’s Croft, the home he gave his daughter and her husband, a local physician. We then had dinner in a pub where the first recorded was in 1733.... read more
Bourton-on-the-Water.
Snowshill
Hall's Croft.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Bath June 22nd 2009

We started the morning visiting Glastonbury Abbey. Although it is just ruins, you can really imagine what it might have been like in its time. It was a serene place. We then travelled to Wells. We saw the Cathedral there with its beautiful façade and its amazingly famous scissor arches. The Bishop’s Palace was equally impressive and the wells that the city is named after, which apparently produce approximately 1,000 litres per minute. The gardens of the palace were so stunning and so English that it wasn’t funny. We then drove on to Bath and visited the famous Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. In the evening, we went for dinner and on the way back to the motel, we saw some Morris dancing. It had to be seen to be believed.... read more
King Arthur's grave.
Well's Cathedral.
The scissor arches.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Somerset » Glastonbury June 21st 2009

We left Canterbury and made our way to Winchester. When we set the sat nav for the new route to Winchester, we realised the reason we were having trouble yesterday was because it was set for walking routes and not for driving. We encountered some difficulty on our way as there were road closures along the motorways, which set us back by about an hour, limiting our time in Winchester if we wanted to make it to Glastonbury by the end of the day. When we arrived at Winchester we explored the Cathedral and briefly looked at the Castle. We then drove on to Salisbury. We went to the Cathedral as explored some of the surrounding district. The next stop was Stonehenge. We were informed earlier that because it was the summer solstice, there had been ... read more
Inside the Cathedral.
Salisbury Cathedral.
Stonehenge.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury June 20th 2009

Today we made our way from Spain to England. We arrived at the airport to find that our flight had been cancelled by AirComet, but that they had not provided us with seats on another flight. Fortunately, we were able to come to an arrangement which allowed us to leave at our scheduled time. We arrived at Gatwick and picked up our hire car to drive to Canterbury. Despite having a sat nav we circled the airport a number of times to try and find the right way to Canterbury. For some reason, the sat nav kept giving us a bum steer. Once at Canterbury, we headed for the old town to see the 11th century Cathedral. The pictures don’t really do its magnificence justice. The Cathedral’s simplicity is in stark contrast to those in Spain. ... read more
The High Street.
Canterbury Cathedral.
The pulpitum.

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Ávila June 19th 2009

Today we went to Avila. It was a 90 minute trip, hoping to not only see the town and Cathedral, but also to visit the tomb of St Teresa. The fact that it is an UNESCO World Heritage listed site because it has the best preserved city wall also attracted us to the town. We only discovered once we got there that her tomb is in Salamanca. Nevertheless, we still made the most of the medieval city and its attractions. We spent a couple of hours exploring the Cathedral, but we weren’t able to take any pictures or video. One interesting part of the Cathedral was the number of storks nesting on its towers and pinnacles. We were also able to climb up and explore the town’s walls. At this stage, only about half of all ... read more
Battlements.
The Cathedral.
Where do babies come from?

Europe » Spain » Castile-La Mancha » Toledo June 18th 2009

Today we made our way to Toledo in air conditioned comfort, which was short lived as the temperature reached 36C today. Despite the heat, it was a most enjoyable and interesting day touring this medieval town that is a UNESCO heritage site. As we approached the city, walking from the station, we saw the remains of the town's walls and gates. We made our way to Tolede Cathedral, and spent the next two hours exploring its many wonders. We could have spend much longer there to appreciate its beauty and history. We even say the processional monstrance, the largest in Christendom, made of silver and gold, containing the smaller monstrance that belonged to Isabella the Catholic. They also had a Corpus Christi procession on the day of the festival. We then explored many of the small ... read more
Puerta de Bisagra.
The Cathedral.
St John of the Kings.

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid » Madrid June 17th 2009

Started the day off travelling to Atocha railway station, the main station to go to Toledo. We arrived 30 minutes before the train was scheduled to leave. We discovered that we needed to take a number and queue to buy a ticket. Our number was 752 and they were only up to 698. As a result we missed the train that was to leave at 10.20 am, and the next wasn't leaving for another 2 hours. We ended up buying tickets to Toledo for the next day and for Avila the day after. Therefore we moved to Plan B. This entailed walking around the city of Madrid, trying to find something to do. By chance, we happened to stumble across a changing of the guard ceremony, but it was only a small one, as the big ... read more
The Temple of Debod.
Plaza Espana.




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