November 4, 2014

Crooked Houses, GIngerbread Coffee and Punting in Canterbury

This week. Words fail. I am not a fan of procrastination nor am I fan of working under pressure and this week, thanks to several group projects I am dealing with both. Neither very well. Nothing is worse than a bad day except for the day before you know will be a bad day. Anticipation in the worst possible way. However, last weekend was a wonderful little getaway to Canterbury. I had no idea there was so much history in Canterbury. Everything was there from Roman ruins, Norman castles and some of the best Mexican food I've ever had!
Even though half of the city was destroyed during World War II, the old streets and buildings still look like something out of a fairytale. Crooked walls and windows give the impression all those old buildings are slouching a little bit.
One of the most unusual things about Canterbury is all the walls and buildings made out of flint. There is no stone in the area, only flint and it gives the buildings a very unusual, bumpy texture.
Get tea at The Moat Tea Rooms which are in one of the oldest buildings in Canterbury. The stairs are narrow and the walls and ceilings slope at all different angles for an Alice in Wonderland-type tea party. The millionaire bars are amazing and the rose black tea was perfect for warming up after running around in the rain sight-seeing the cathedral.
The Canterbury Cathedral is one of the biggest cathedrals I've ever been in. I was lucky enough to be there while the choir was practicing for a performance and the acoustics were incredible. There were little kids in the choir too; later I learned from a chatty man in the bookstore that those kids commit five years to being in the choir from age 8-13. 
I am currently addicted to free walking tours. You learn so much from the leaders like the fact that the tower of the cathedral is made of brick with a sneaky stone covering to deal with the weight issue.
Once I stopped chucking at the word "punting" I really wanted to do the canal tour through Canterbury. The water is only a few feet deep so the boats are pushing along with a long pole by a guide wearing a hard hat shaped like a cowboy hat. The sun came out, it was beautiful and a perfectly relaxing way to spend forty minutes.
As well as offering boat tours of the town, Water Lane Coffee also offers amazing espresso. On Sunday it was just pouring rain, so it was the perfect place to curl up on their leather Chesterfields with a book and watch the world go by. 

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