After we got off the airplane, we got on a bus to Canterbury England, 1.5 hours southwest of London, in England’s countryside. You could say we made a pilgrimage to the very impressive Canterbury cathedral, home of many, many archbishops, 700 maracles, and the murder site of the famous archbishop Thomas Beckett in the 11th century. Boy, David and I drooled over this cathedral. To give you a scale of how big the cathedral was — imagine maybe three Glandorf churches glued together one after the other, another row stacked on top, placed in a time machine and sent back hundreds of years, and you have the Canterbury cathedral! The original parts of the cathedral, the basement crypt and some walls and stained glass dates back to the 11th century. There were some imported columns placed in the crypt that were from 600bc! Much of the church was rebuilt in the 14th century, after disrepair, a fire, and war air raids. King Henry II didn’t like the archbishop at the time, so be ordered four knights to kill him. It is believed that the knights cut off the top of his head and chopped up his brains with a dagger to ensure his death. Then apparently the monks put beckett’s brains in the holy water and miracles started happening. So, pilgrims traveled to this cathedral to get healed.
We then hopped on a train to go see the cliffs of Dover on the English Channel. A 15 minute train ride, just enough for me to fall asleep… The cliffs were spectacular. We ate a picnic lunch on a very stony beach then headed up the cliffs. The rock was like chalk! David is 90% sure it was chalk. And we could see the cliffs of France across the English Channel! David and I both were in absolute awe of the beauty of the cliffs of Dover. So glad we made the trek there.
Otherwise we have had a great time so far. Everyone we have run into here is so friendly, and it is nice to speak the same language. All of the cars here are very compact. Patrick and elizabeth- there are SO many fiats here. Dad- you would never be able to drive here, there are so many roundabouts!! To cross the street, Pedestrians walk underground.
David and I are on the train back to London now. Eating a cheap dinner of gold fish, Scooby doo crackers, and popcorn. We are beginning to understand just how more expensive The United Kingdom is… Regardless we have only been here 36 hours and heck, we have had some incredible experiences already. Jet lag has set in for me, it was a struggle hiking up the cliffs today. David is fine though and insists I don’t have jet lag because I am ALWAYS tired!
That’s all for now folks!