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Published: September 5th 2018
Central market square
Gradually expanding my automotive comfort zone, on Sunday I puttered over to the small town of Wymondham (“Wind’um”) and poked around in the early hours (great light, scant traffic.)
And the next day, it took me two circuits of only three
of the four freeway interchange roundabouts to reach the Thickthorn Park and Ride to take a bus into the vaunted Norwich, capital of Norfolk County (and once capital of England!) Locals take the bus because parking is such a trial (just as I do in Portland). It costs about $5 “return” (round trip), which is what one would pay to park, and the ride is much more pleasant.
Happy to say, Norwich does not disappoint! It’s a great little city (pop. 250K) with a rich past; a market town that became a cathedral city a thousand years ago. It mixes medieval and modern in a very pleasant and sophisticated way: An immense glass and steel shopping center stands comfortably amidst cobbled-stone guildhalls and churches complete with ancient cemeteries.
With its large and long pedestrian zone in the historic core, and seemingly endless crooked little streets spidering off on every direction, it appears I’ve got days and weeks
Morning light on “high street”
of fun exploration ahead.... Too bad I was over-enthusiastic on my first amble, and pushed my knees to their limits. Between that and an annoying head cold, I had to take quiet day: painting, reading, and planning to attend the Bawburgh Historical Society meeting at the Village Hall.
I hope you enjoy these first photos of my more “urban” explorations. (You’ll notice rabbit sculptures everywhere - that’s part of the Norfolk Sculpture Trail - https://www.gogohares.co.uk/hares)
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