Blogs from Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury June 22nd 2022

I gambled that the rail strIke would have enough trains running so that I could get to London and then on to Canterbury. The underground in London was the biggest challenge with closed or severely delayed trains. There is a high speed train from St Pancras that gets you to Canterbury in an hour but you do not see much charming landscape. I guess it’s a good thing for a day trip like today. There were less crowds on Canterbury’s high street, at least until three when school children were released from school. There were a lot less groups of international students than the last time I was here. I went to the historic restaurant on the river, my usual place for lunch. The building is so old that I have to duck under the dark ... read more
Canterbury Cathedral
The West Gate
I think this is the river Stour

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury May 9th 2022

I am not sure it is possible to see everything of interest in London. We skipped the art museums, the Shakespeare and Dickens and Sherlock Holmes sites, and many other worthwhile attractions. But we did feel we had at least picked the low-hanging fruit, and so on Monday morning we went out to Heathrow, rented our car, and drove off to tour southern England. Our first stop was to be Chartwell, Winston Churchill's home for over 40 years, from his purchase of the estate in 1922 until just shortly before his death in 1965. Churchill is a personal favorite. His History of the English-Speaking Peoples is masterful. He covers the American Civil War in a single chapter, and it is the best description of the conflict I have ever read. His prose is luminous, and in ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury July 15th 2019

Hiking from Canterbury to Dover This year we decided to take the first week of our vacation to go on a hike. The trail we chose is an ancient pilgrim route called Via Francigena. The route goes from Canterbury in England to Rome in Italy. We have no intension of walking all of it. We don't have the time. Walking all of it would take maybe three months. But also, it wouldn't be fun. We enjoy hiking but one week is quite enough for us. More than that and it would turn into a project and that is not what we are after. We began the hike in Canterbury. Before we went there we only knew of two things about that city: 1 it has a cathedral 2 there is a book named the Canterbury Tales ... read more
Canterbury city gate
Statue of Geoffrey Chaucer
A gate in the old town

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury May 29th 2019

It was dark when we woke. We could see nothing through the sky light. The camp site was quiet as the grave. Well it was 5.30 in the morning. The alarm had woken us up and we were ready for our last breakfast in France. I do the last minute jobs in Gabby. I swung the captains seats round, I pulled the blinds down and let what little light there was in. Glenn went out and unplugged the electric and then we were on our way. We like Guines. It is one of those campsites that we can get out of early. I frightened Glenn to death when I thought that the gates were shut. They were open so we headed off for the train. The journey for the tunnel was uneventful and I vowed to ... read more
Entrance to the cathedral square
The war memorial
The cloisters

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury May 6th 2019

As explained in my blog the purpose of my trip to England was twofold; firstly, to discover my maternal ancestry in Devon and secondly to walk the last few miles of the Old Way Pilgrimage to Canterbury. This blog covers the second of these two purposes. 1 - 5 May 2019 Wednesday through Sunday. I arrived on a flight from Denver to Heathrow at about noon and was met by nephew Jeremy. We had just a few minutes before he had to return to London for a meeting. We had coffee and talked about his and Nadine's forthcoming trip to Chile and Easter Island and my plans for my time in England. He has accepted an assistant professorship in Economics at Bristol University in the fall, and his wife Nadine, who is a doctor, will be ... read more
Memories of staying at the White Swan in Stratford with Linda in 1974
Avon River with Shakespeare Theater in the background

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury July 15th 2017

At breakfast we join the other guests who are staying in this country retreat for a variety of reasons. Some are here for a weekend of golf, others just passing through, and there is the bride with her entourage of bridesmaids for that special day. It looks as though it will be a grand day for everyone. The sun is shining and the temperature is quite pleasant. We drive back to Canterbury, park in our favourite car park, take the bus to the city centre and walk to the cathedral. Gone are most of the market stalls, the streets are still busy, and shoppers are looking for the last summer sale bargains. Tour groups have arrived for their visit to the cathedral. We pay our entrance fee and start our special tour. We are welcomed by ... read more
Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury July 14th 2017

The new chapter on our adventure starts with a pleasant breakfast. We stayed in this hotel two years ago and found it a great starting point for our journey to the Euro Tunnel terminal about thirty minutes drive away. We have plenty of time. Already we are thirty minutes ahead of schedule. Once in the United Kingdom we plan to visit Canterbury Cathedral and then drive on to our accommodation near Maidstone. All sounds rather simple and well planned. But how plans can change. After leaving the hotel Jane takes us through the local village towards the motorway entrance. Today is Bastille Day and it is too early for the celebrations to begin. Perhaps everyone is still in bed after last night’s carnival outing. We decide to use the toll road because it is cheap, quick, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury October 3rd 2016

Geo: 51.279, 1.07992 We arose in the morn and headed back to the cathedral. Alas, it didn't open until 12:30PM. So we walked around the old town of Canterbury. We walked over to the Westgate tower. I climbed it to the top for some good photos. We found the Greyfriar's chapel in a park, but couldn't go into it. It is the oldest Franciscan building in all of England. As we walked toward the cathedral, we saw a boat tour of old Canterbury. So we signed up and took the tour. Our guide was a wonderful young 24 year old kid who had just gotten his architecture degree. After the boat tour we walked over to the cathedral. It is absolutely huge! We spent about an hour and a half walking around the inside of it. ... read more
The river
A bridge
Stacy on the boat

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury October 1st 2016

Geo: 51.279, 1.07992 We use for all of our reservations. I picked out a place in Lavenham to spend one night. Apparently I didn't read the fine print. When we reached Lavenham, we couldn't find the place. It was actually in a small village about 4 miles away. The TomTom couldn't find it, but at least my phone could. We drove down a couple of lane and a half roads onto a single track road, then onto a dirt road. It was at the end of the dirt road. It was a 15th century farm house out in the middle of nowhere! We checked in and unpacked. She gave us a couple of places to have dinner. We picked one and made a reservation for 7:00PM. After dinner, we started to drive back in the ... read more
City gate
Part of the abbey
Stacy at the abbey gardens

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury May 21st 2016

Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and the White Cliffs of Dover We meet up with Sharon and Dave in the lobby of the Holiday Inn in Mayfair and head up the street to the Ritz Hotel to await our bus to Victoria Station. Victoria Station is the main place for all tour busses in London and today we are off to Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, and the White Cliffs of Dover. As we approached Leeds Castle through the countryside, we could see it atop a hill. Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; and an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of ... read more
Leeds Castle from Internet Photo
Dog Collar Museum
Medival Dog Collars

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