Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Salisbury Faire or Not

Awakening on a misty Tuesday morning at the Rokeby, we enjoy tea, coffee and a "full English breakfast" in their pleasant sun room.

We dragged our luggage downstairs to the car and headed off on our walk back into the town center of Salisbury. Every Tuesday, there is supposed to be a quaint farmer's market and craft faire, but we picked the one Tuesday of the year that featured a noisy carnival with rides and games.

So, after walking across the street from our lodging and under the round-a-bout, we headed past the carnival into town and toward the famous cathedral. Salisbury is a busy town with shops, bakeries, and narrow streets. We peered into the shops as we walked the long way around the back side of the cathedral and found the entrance.

The Salisbury cathedral, dating from the 1200's, is often described as England's most beautiful, as well as the inspiration for Harry Potter's Hogwart's school. It boasts the tallest cathedral spire in England and its additional claim to fame is that it has on display one of the 4 copies of the original Magna Carta, writen by hand and given to the cathedral in 1235. We walked through and enjoyed reading the information and talking to the informative docents who pointed out many of the archectural features.

We spent quite a bit of time at the cathedral and the gift shop. There was still much more to see today in the countryside as we head north towards Liverpool, so it was time to get back on the road.

Salisbury was one of my favorite places on the trip. There really was something to see around every corner such as these two friendly locals spotted by Mary:

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