Well, here we are in Canterbury…at last!! So many months of walking and lugging that backpack around the streets of Melbourne, trying to avoid the furtive glances and sometimes incredulous stares of other pedestrians,who I think were probably trying to fathom why someone would be striding out in boots and pack in Melbourne’s summer weather : ) As a result of my persistence…I think I’m pretty fit for the task…but as I’ve said…. it’s kind of like an insurance policy : )…..anything can happen!
I met Jo and Jill this morning in London outside Buckingham Palace, as we had thought that it would be great to view the changing of the guards before we caught our train to Canterbury. Alas, it was cancelled to our disappointment and indeed the disappointment of many, many more! The crowd waiting was huge!
Jo and I, as a trade off, decided to have a quick peek at the Palace Mews..very impressive!
We arrived in Canterbury at about 2 pm and after checking in to our accommodation, we set off to explore a bit of Canterbury and visit the Cathedral…which is from where tomorrow, we set off!
Canterbury Cathedral is utterly spectacular! After witnessing so many wonderful churches and cathedrals along the Camino in Spain, I sometimes feel that maybe I have seen the best but each new ‘house of God’ never ceases to surprise and amaze me….. however big or small. There’s so much history, art, tradition and indeed human suffering emitted from the very essence of these buildings, that at times it’s quite overwelming.
Tonight, we had a lovely dinner in a traditional English restaurant before opting for an early night , to enable us to wake up bright and early for the beginning of the unknown : )
Hmmmm….as is usual with my blogs, I suddenly am aware…I run out of steam at the end the day, before I can truly tell you what I really want to convey..but I like to try and post very regularly, in order to keep those of you, who are most interested, up to date with my progress and also at the same time, have a little diary for myself, of my travels : )
Big emotional day tomorrow!!!
La Via Francigena begins : )
Love Netia XX