Monday, August 30, 2010
The chair is suspended over the river. It has been used to discourage the over-talkative.
I know that this post is not chronologically correct. I'll try to catch up over the next week or so.
Today we visited St Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, the Vatican museums, the Colosseum and the Forum. Exhausting. Images later.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The Trevi Fountain is stunning, but set in a surprisingly small space.
On matters transport, I can confirm that it is possible to buy a railway ticket from a machine with cash, and that platform 27, from whence the train to Civitavecchia leaves, is the furthest from the main concourse. We did make it, and are now very much enjoying our cruise on the Noordam. Today we are in Kusadasi, Turkey. Yes my blog is well behind.
Last night we had dinner with a Canadian woman who was on our Eurodam cruise in 2008. I know this because we were swapping stories about miscreants on cruises. We both told parts of the Mr Burgermeister story.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Sissinghurst has its famous gardens, slightly eccentric buildings, a pleasant restaurant and an oest house.
An oest house? Their distinctive cowls are dotted all around Kent but what is their purpose? The short answer is beer. Locally grown hops is dried on a slatted floor between the wood-fired furnace below and the venting cowl above.
From the Sissinghurst Tower
Friday, August 13, 2010
A word about church and town guides in England. They are invariably cheerful, knowledgeable and nearing the age of the monuments and buildings they so lovingly describe. Guided town tours are well worth seeking out. Our favourites are walking tours of Bath and Canterbury. For those who prefer cycling to walking, a Fat Tires tour is almost compulsory.
Thomas Becket was not the only Archbishop of Canterbury to be murdered; but he was the only one to meet his end in Canterbury Cathedral..
Stained glass tells the story of miracles claimed by pilgrims to Becket's tomb. Pilgrimages to Canterbury commenced after Becket's death until Henry VIII destroyed the tomb in the early 14th century.
The severe grey chair east of the alter is only used for investitures of Archbishops of Canterbury.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I booked a car from a company called Green Motion many months ago. We were expecting someone from Green Motion to meet us at the shed that is Terminal 3, or at least to answer our call to its office nearby. Plan B was hastily formed and put into effect. This involved taking a courtesy bus to the Avis depot (which seemed to be closer to Bristol than Terminal 3) to become a "walk-up". Apparently a walkup has criminal tendencies that justify some additional charges, but at least the staff were helpful and had a car available.
We drove to Kent.
We arrived at Old Wives Lees at bout 11pm, just as our hosts were taking their phone off the hook. Plan C? No other accommodation was available so we slept in the car. Early next morning we made belated contact with our host who cheerfully suggested that perhaps we should have contacted him earlier.
After finally getting some sleep we set about exploring this fascinating area, starting with Canterbury.