Saturday, July 4, 2015
Day trip time! We got to go to Dover and Canterbury, about a two hour bus trip from London. Dover was up first.
Yes, it’s a distant photo and better than anything my little phone could take. It was beautiful and the first time I was actually chilled while being in England. (We’ve been having a bit of a heat wave here.) Everything was lovely. It was the idyllic scene that I’ve been waiting for.
Exploring the Keep.
Guided by holograms. What?! Holograms? Yes, holograms.
Climbing to the top of the Keep.
It was beautiful. And of course, the white cliffs of Dover on our way out of town.
Our next stop was Canterbury of Canterbury Tales. Full honesty with you… I have not read Canterbury Tales. Don’t judge me too harshly!! I’ve heard of it at least and know the basic premise! Something about pilgrims…
The town of Canterbury, though, is adorable.
The major attraction is Canterbury Cathedral.
Honesty again. I wasn’t super excited to pay £10.50 to visit a cathedral. I’ve been in free ones before and though they’re beautiful, they’re all just about the same.
This one made me change my tune. It’s massive. The picture doesn’t do the building justice. We visited room after room in the building and noted the history of the place.
Archbishops can be traced back to St. Augustine in 597 AD.
A candle still burns where St. Thomas of Canterbury’s shrine was destroyed by King Henry VIII.
Speaking of King Henrys, King Henry IV and Joan of Navarre are entombed here.
As is the tomb of the “Black Prince,” otherwise known as Edward of Woodstock or Edward Plantagenet. His son was Richard II (made infamous by Shakespeare play).
The Black Prince’s family would later be the rivalling House of Lancaster and House of York. Their quarrels would otherwise be known as the Wars of the Roses. The victor arose from the House of Lancaster, Henry Tudor. He became King Henry VII and married Elizabeth of York, which united the two houses once more.
It’s simple really…
Well, anyway. I’ll leave you with this image of the herb garden out back. I wouldn’t mind transporting that to my own back yard…