Friday, May 29, 2015

Canterbury, England, Anglophile Friday




The photos immediately above and below are an illustration of why I often zoom in to take a photo. I like the brick and the charming bright blue door and fence. But because we're visiting Canterbury in the 21st century, we weren't surprised to see the following:

A bit aesthetically jarring, perhaps

Even Canterbury, England has to deal with road or sidewalk construction, or whatever reason they have those huge yellow barriers there.

Britain's version of the Dollar Store with its 'Amazing Value!'
It seems that everyone's trying to get rid of their overstock of 'Frozen' goods.



But then we get to this set of photos. This is more of what I was expecting to see in Canterbury. Isn't it beautiful! (With old buildings, scaffolding is an ever-present feature.)

Unfortunately, no, we didn't get to tour the museum
Too many places; too little time,
and the cathedral took priority





Hoping that Mom will buy her a treat


What's with the zigzags on the street?

'White zig-zag lines are used down both sides of the road and along the centre line of the road, both before and after the Zebra crossing, as shown above. These increase the warning to approaching drivers and also create a zone in which parking and overtaking (i.e. 'passing') are strictly forbidden.' from driveandstayalive.com






Medieval Gate House


Next week, if all goes well, we'll actually get to some of the photos of Canterbury Cathedral, our main reason for visiting Canterbury. Or maybe that's the week after.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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33 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm completely in sympathy with the young lady gazing longingly at the baked goodies; I'd probably drool on the window, lol.

Deb said...

Beautiful photos, Judy. A place I long to visit. Love the shock of a brightly coloured door and I'm always in search of a local bake shop when I travel. Hope you are having some lovely Spring weather today. It is warm and sunny in Ontario. Hugs, Deb

Arlene said...

I love all your photos Judy!! And that bakery shop...I would be just like the little girl looking in the window and salivating!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Judy, what a n awesome tour. I love the gate house. And the bakery drew my attention too. Those dollar stores seem to be everywhere. The zig zag lines would drive my eyes crazy, I think! Thanks for sharing your trip! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

podso said...

It's always a tad disappointing when you visit these historic, beautiful places and construction is going on, or huge scaffolding to work on repairs (such as our capitol building). But cropping does wonders, as you have done! Great photos.

Linda Kay said...

Judy, these buildings are so lovely, but unfortunately all need to spend some time in upkeep and repair. Looks like you were there at the right time for your photos, capturing the beauty. Love the blue door...I have a blue door in my new house!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Hello Judy!
Wonderful pictures!!
We're down to two more years before I retire!!
Would LOVE to rent a flat for a month and explore daily!!
You certainly bring the beauty out and I share the love of the old building with you!!
Sooo much History!! Lovely!!

Sandra said...

as i scrolled through the photos i thought about the fact that when i see photos from anywhere in Europe i know they are not from USA... there is a special OLD look to England and France and all countries over there. narrow streets, older buildings, just a different look. these are beautiful. love that gatehouse and the blue doors. thanks for my travel by chair morning.

Laura Lane said...

Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. I treasure moments like this when I can "visit" other parts of the world that I shall never see with my own eyes.
Please drop by and say hello!

Blessings,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Primitive Stars said...

Thanks for letting me tag along, wonderful pictures and trip of England.Blessings Francine.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Pretty sure I saw some goats in one of the pictures.
;) m & jb

Joanne Noragon said...

What a magnificent set of photos. And, thanks for the explanation of the crazy lane lines. I've looked at them in many pictures and never saw the reasoning. I think it's quite clever to warn drivers so far ahead of an approaching crosswalk.

Tired Teacher said...

Your photos and a cup of tea are the best way to start a new day. Thanks for the virtual trip to Canterbury.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh Cantebury is one of my favorite places. You captured it wonderfully!!!! LOVE the pictures!~!!!

Cheryl said...

You didn't tour the museum...but did you tour that tempting bake shop? I'm afraid that we would have. Such wonderful photos of charming streets and buildings!! (I can forget that construction is present while looking at your pics!)

TexWisGirl said...

some wonderful details you shared! love the bakery shop and the little girl at the window. :)

Mildred said...

The architecture is so charming! The bakery reminds me of the little porcelain Christmas village pieces my mom had under the Christmas tree each year.

Vee said...

Not fond of the zig-zag; otherwise, completely what I love to see...the beautiful architecture, Dickens-like streets and shops. Hope that the little one got her treat. I don't imagine that you did. =D

Lorrie said...

A great set of photos showing the old and the new. Love the blue door and the medieval gatehouse. Beautiful history and architecture.

Elaine Lewis said...

I love the Pound Store name. How charming. Everything is so much more charming there right?

Theresa said...

Oh dear, those buildings are beautiful! I would like to shop in the Pound Store:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

These photos of England are awesome. I love the history and architecture. Looks like a really wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing the tour with us.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I so want to visit England! So amazing!

Deanna

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Love seeing these old world pics. Just charming and you captured them well with your camera.
Thank you for sharing the tour. Looks like you had an amazing trip.
Have a great weekend,
CM

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful pictures, Judy. I love the one of the little girl looking through the window. I am so glad you had such a wonderful trip. It's just great! xo Diana

Terra said...

I like the Royal Museum and Library and the old Gate House. In the first photo the buildings are built very close to the water, not very high up. I look forward to future posts about the Cathedral.

J_on_tour said...

Thanks for showing us around. In exactly two months time, i will hopefully be spending the day there.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Loved the shots - haven't been there for a decade or two! And thanks for the explanation of the zig-zags - now I KNOW I need to slow down and not accelerates, as I have been doing, befor a zebra crossing...

Carol Z said...

I've never been here, but your wonderful pictures make me more eager than ever to visit Canterbury.

Robyn said...

Oh my goodness, Judy, such exquisite shots! It's been ages since I've travelled to England and I loved reliving the beauty through your photography. Thanks for the memories :)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Lovely pictures of Canterbury!

Terri D said...

Lovely photos and interesting too!

Rue said...

In my mind I don't see England as having anything modern. Silly American that I am lol

Canterbury is still enchanting though and you took some wonderful pictures :)

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