Wednesday, 17 June 2009

The results of having a free morning

I decided to visit Canterbury today of Cathedral and Chaucer and Thomas Becket death fame.

I had a few free hours during the morning. It was only half an hour drive to get there from Medway, faster than I thought.

I spent only about 3 hours in the city. I walked around, took photos and ate a huge chocolate-covered doughnut I got at the market.

The city is quite shocking, you get ancient buildings mixed up with large department stores and high street brands. It's a charming place though, and I'll be definitely coming back. I was quite surprised that the entrance fee to the Cathedral was 7.50, I thought it should be on donation or a bit less. You couldn't even get to the gardens without paying! And no decent views from the outside either.

So, some photos. None of the Cathedral though :(

Former king and queen of around the 12th century (can't remember the names now). You can see the city wall, and the top of the Cathedral at the back. That thing can be seem from pretty much everywhere around town.

Really creepy cemetery, right next to the Norman Castle. Most tombstones were quite old, but some were as new as 2005. Some really important historic figures are buried here. I was quite surprised that there were almost no signs to visit the place, I found it only by change when I got lost trying to get to the Castle.

This one is my favourite photo. It's from a window on the 1st floor of the Norman Castle, and it overlooks the insides of the castle itself. It was smaller but in much better condition than I expected.

And if buildings ain't your thing: the Great Stour river, that crosses Canterbury. Not the deepest or widest river around, but with quite a strong current.

All in all, a nice few hours out. I'll have to go back and actually pay to visit the Cathedral.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

A writer??

Not so much. I've been writing some articles (lenses?) at Squidoo, and have left aside my crafting for a while. I started a new knitting project, though.

I just have been reading a lot about teaching and language learning. And writing about it. My latest lens is on learning a language on 14 days, the basics at least!

I'm still trying to understand how the whole Squidoo thing works. In theory all my lenses should be listed in their search engine, but the latest one isn't. No clue why. Also, I've been having some issues with my tags. And one of my lenses didn't get listed, deleted it, and redid it exactly the same as it was before, and that time it got listed.