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We arrived in Canterbury at about 5pm after a very long drive punctuated by a motorway closure on the M6 that added several hours to our journey!IMG_1981 - 2013-05-28 at 18-00-28

Mark went to his conference meeting while I checked in to my B&B, Yorke Lodge. Mark was staying nearby at another hotel courtesy of the conference he was attending.

IMG_1976 - 2013-05-28 at 17-30-57I had a standard double room, which was quite comfortable.

IMG_1980 - 2013-05-28 at 17-33-28It had a lovely garden view.

IMG_1983 - 2013-05-28 at 18-01-27In the early evening Mark caught up with me and we walked into town. We spotted this on the way – my new dream home.

IMG_1986 - 2013-05-28 at 18-04-32We passed St Dunstan’s Church, where Sir Thomas More’s head is buried in the vaults. More was the Lord Chancellor and a trusted councillor of Henry VIII but was beheaded by the King because he opposed England’s break from Rome during the Reformation. St Dunstan’s is also where King Henry II changed into sackcloth on his pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral in 1174 to make penitence for the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Saint Thomas Beckett.

IMG_1991 - 2013-05-28 at 18-09-07This is Canterbury’s Westgate, the only remaining gatehouse into the city.

IMG_2013 - 2013-05-28 at 18-48-20It is the largest surviving city gate in England.

IMG_2005 - 2013-05-28 at 18-15-14On the left of this picture is an example of the houses built by the Huguenot weavers who came here from France. They needed large windows to work by in order to get the maximum amount of light into the room.

IMG_1998 - 2013-05-28 at 18-10-56Canterbury lies on the River Stour.

IMG_2015 - 2013-05-28 at 18-57-16We had dinner at a highly regarded Canterbury restaurant called The Goods Shed. It sits next to the railway line and is a converted railway building once used to store various produce traveling in and out of the region. During the day it is also a marketplace.

IMG_2017 - 2013-05-28 at 20-44-39After dinner I walked Mark back to his hotel so he could prepare for his presentation the next day. I then wandered through the streets to get a glimpse of Canterbury Cathedral at twilight. This is the entry gate into the Cathedral complex.

IMG_2019 - 2013-05-28 at 20-45-17A magnificent cathedral built in the Gothic perpendicular style.

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My lens wasn’t wide enough to get it all in!IMG_2027 - 2013-05-28 at 20-47-47

The bell tower.IMG_2029 - 2013-05-28 at 20-49-23This is the Archbishop’s Palace.

IMG_2044 - 2013-05-28 at 20-53-58The sun was going down and the cathedral’s bells were ringing nine. I didn’t realise but the gates to the Cathedral grounds are closed at this time – I just made it out otherwise I may have been stuck there all night!

IMG_2049 - 2013-05-28 at 21-04-16On my way back to my lodgings I stopped briefly in Westgate Gardens to get this picture of the River Stour and the Westgate.

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