Friday, August 19, 2011

Pilgrimage to Canterbury

Being the good Episcopalians that we are (ok, stop laughing now), Canterbury was numero uno on Jason's and my list of day trips.  The whole gang joined us on our pilgrimage.  This was Sims' first train ride above ground, and even though he loved the Underground, he really enjoyed this.

Canterbury Cathedral was amazing, serene and downright huge.  It's hard to believe that for over 1000 years, people have been making pilgrimages to this place to pray or be healed.  Many spent all the money they had to make it to the cathedral, which is really humbling to think about.  I wish I had more pictures, but our nice camera died during the visit, so we lost a lot of photos. 

The large stone seat for the Archbishop behind the altar

The Cloisters

A subset of our group also went to the Roman Museum, where you can see some of an excavated Roman home with lots of trinkets found around Canterbury.  Who knew that Canterbury was built over an old Roman town?  The museum was small, but it was awesome to see the beautiful mosaic tile floor that's still intact in the excavated home.  And Sims and I sat in a Roman gutter.  Yes, you read that correctly.

Around town, we walked by one of the best named pubs.

We also saw The Fiddler's Elbow and The World's End pubs around London. These really make me disappointed at the lack of creativity in bars' names back home.

1 comment:

  1. What a fun day! I'll never forget it when Sims referred to this beautiful mosaic tile floor you mentioned as 'a sandbox'!