Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Canterbury Tales

This past weekend, 5 of my housemates and I pilgrimaged to Canterbury for the weekend! Our train departed Bath Spa train station at 6:13....AM. Like in the morning.  Needless to say, we were all a little delirious.  However, we pushed through and arrived in London around 8am, transferred trains, and arrived in Canterbury around 9:45. The first thing we did was go to Canterbury Cathedral.  I can post pictures, but they will not in the least show how grand and magnificent it actually was.

 Me in front of the Cathedral! 

 The stained glass looked like beauty and the beast 
 Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury and was murdered in the cathedral in 
1170 by King Henry II

The Black Prince, who fought in the Hundred Years War

After the Cathedral, we had lunch at a pub in downtown Canterbury and it was so delicious.  British food is a lot better than people make it out to be.  We went shopping around Canterbury for the rest of the day and since we all had a lot of work/reading to do we just sat in a cafe for the afternoon and got work done.  That night, we checked into the hostel, changed, and went out to dinner. 
 Our really creepy hostel room 
Yeah our hostel room was really tiny for 6 girls...

The next day, we went to the Roman museum, which was amazing.  It was underground and built on actual Roman ruins from the 4th and 5th century. 
A mosaic/the sign that goes with it 
Playing dress up in the museum

Finally, we ended the day at Chaucer's museum on a reenactment of the Canterbury Tales.  We got little individual telephones and thats how you listened to the narrator.  It was like a wax museum but also had sounds and smells as well (medieval smells...not too good).  I didn't realize the Canterbury tales were so funny but we had a great time. 
 The beautiful wife of Bath 

We had an awesome time, despite our deliriousness.  The town of Canterbury was adorable and the Cathedral was absolutely stunning, possibly my favorite part of the trip. 

Keep Calm and Follow the Moon 

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