Thursday 3 November 2011

Canterbury Tales

On our way down to Dover to catch the ferry, we decided to stop off and have a look at Canterbury in Kent. It was Sunday and busy with shoppers. The new bit looked OK, with normal high street shops, but the old bit was my favourite bit. There are lots of narrow cobbled streets to explore.

I took this photo to remind myself to recreate this at home for my kitchen. I thought the chilli plant looked great in an old olive oil can.
The older squares were very pretty and well used by the looks of things.
This is the gateway to the Cathedral.
It was pretty detailed and very spectacular.
The Cathedral looks as if it is having a lot of work done on the stonework and old oak doors.
It stands well against a perfect blue sky.

We spotted a recognisable figure amongst the statues.
I love a decent cloister and these did not disappoint!
You may need to double click to see this, but this window shows current members of our Royal Family - I loved this.
It was lovely to wander around and stretch our legs after a long journey.
My dad used to have an Uncle called Frank who had really bad eyes. When my mum see's something wonky, she still says "I bet Uncle Frank built that".
The river runs through the centre of the older part of town - you can have boat trips on here.
I'll have to plan a longer visit around Canterbury next time. There is certainly plenty to see and do.


diane b said...

A charming old town. The cathedral is a treasure. Enjoy your holidays. Looking forward to more holiday posts.

Kathy said...

We had a lovely day in Canterbury in February when we were staying down in London. The cathedral is stunning, isn't it!

John Going Gently said...

this is chris' neck of the woods
( he was born in Broadstairs)
I never liked the cathedral... I found it too dark and brooding

Shortbread and Ginger said...

The carvings on the cathedral are amazing! Looks like a very pretty place.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Lisa said...

I had a fab day out there once about 15 years ago. Never been back since, but I do remember it was very beautiful. There are just so many wonderful palces in thsi country to visit! Love the photo of your 2 walking through the cloister.
Lisa x

Rosie said...

It certainly looks like the kind of city that would need more than a day to take in all its attractions. I've only ever been through it on a coach on the way to the ferry at Dover. I love the old wonky house and the houses by the river. The cathedral looks stunning:)

Jo said...

I always think the old parts of a town or city are so much more interesting than the new areas. The cathedral looks amazing, and the wonky house is so quirky. Looks like there's lots to see and do there.

Mac n' Janet said...

It has been nearly 40 years since we've been to Canterbury, thanks for the pix. My husband says he remembers that crooked house!

Pomona said...

You should have come to see me! You will have to come and stay in our B&B on your next visit - it is becoming a bit of a bloggers' B&B! The place with the crooked door is the old King's School shop - it used to be a wonderfully fusty and old-fashioned place inside.

Pomona x

Little Blue Mouse said...

Ha ha I loved the place that Uncle Frank might have built!

Rowan said...

I really enjoyed Canterbury when we went there a few years ago. Lots of interesting little streets and backwaters including Greyfriars which I found by accident, it is very peaceful and has a lovely garden.

HippieGirl said...

Lovely photos. Makes me want to visit the UK so badly, mainly England. I'm not sure why, but I just really want to visit there. Beautiful countryside, beautiful, cultural cities, like London, you name it. And as for people saying Paris, France is the fashion capital of the world? Hahahahaha, yeah right. In my little college student opinion, London is the fashion capital!!!!