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Canterbury, England


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After a few days of walking around London I decided to take a day trip by train out to Canterbury, which is about a hour outside of the city by train. Now I have to admit, I did not know to much about this town, it just seemed like somewhere that might be cool to check out that is not to far outside of the city. The only thing I know about Canterbury is that the book the Canterbury Tales takes place in this town (I think). I am sure I have read parts of the Canterbury Tales in high school, but I have no real memory of doing that. I'm sure 16 year old Dave found it to be quite boring (just a guess). Once you get off the train you are not far from being in the downtown walled off and mote part of the city. What I noticed more then anything is that it is more of a "Tourist" town. Lots of mom and pop shops and small boutiques. It sort of had the feel of being in Annapolis Maryland, minus the Chesapeake Bay and old Cathedrals and buildings from the 1600's. The one thing worth seeing in this town was the Canterbury Cathedral. The Cathedral was built in 1070 AD, and I have to say this Cathedral is massive. Apparently Thomas Beckett was murdered here in 1170 and ultimately was canonized as a saint afterword's. Sadly when I was here the cathedral was under some major exterior and interior renovations, but I was still about to get in and check things out.

What I found most impressive is all the stain glass windows that date back to the 1200's and 1300's. it was cool just to look at it while the sun shown on it.
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Posted by DC Dave 13:12 Archived in England

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