Friday, July 11, 2014

J_on_Tour, George Gently, and N.T. Wright

What do J_on_Tour, George Gently, and N.T. Wright have in common?

Durham Cathedral.

There are at least four reasons I'd like to visit Durham Cathedral.

1. I'd love to visit all the cathedrals in England. I wonder if I could get a government grant to do so.
2. J_on_Tour has shown us some wonderful photos of the place.*
3. N.T. Wright (who is author of a few books on my shelves) was Bishop of Durham from 2003-2010.
4. The fictitious Inspector George Gently and his arrogant little twit of a sergeant are stationed at Durham and in one of the episodes Gently was shot in the Cathedral (or was it his shoulder?) Check out this link for an interesting article about the reaction to that episode.

*In case you missed J_on_Tour's post about Durham Cathedral, be sure go back and view his beautiful wintertime photos.

Manchester and London
Fly into either of those, then take a train to Durham.


One photo showed the relatively narrow nave of Durham Cathedral with folding chairs on either side of the pews, in order to accommodate a larger number of people. That's always a good sign. 


Pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels projected onto Durham Cathedral
during the Lumiere Festival, four nights in November


Inspector George Gently & Sergeant Lee Ingleby
'Gently in the Cathedral'

And I know, right about now you've become convinced that I all ever do is watch mystery DVDs. Not true!  Downton Abbey and the Jane Austen novels made into movies are not mysteries. And I do other things. Wash clothes, cook dinner, make soap, pet the dog, pet the other dog, pet the cat, pick strawberries... I'm thinking...


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MadSnapper said...

that night view of the cathedral is beautiful. i have only been in one, it is in Savannah.. it is beautiful but not like these..

Empty Nester said...

That place is gorgeous! That might even be worth the terrifying plane ride to visit. LOL

TexWisGirl said...

you made me laugh.

Judy S. said...

Aren't cathedrals amazing? (especially when you think how they were built without modern machinery!) Have you read Pillars of the Earth?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Beautiful photos and it is so much fun to see places that remind you of a movie or a book...or a setting in one of them. I've been mystery crazy this summer. We are watching the Endeavor DVDs from the library now! lol Hugs!

Valerie said...

What a fabulous place. =) I love Jane Austen too. ;) Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

Terri D said...

Gorgeous photos! I would NEVER admonish you for watching TV, since I probably watch more than you! LOL

Lovely, wonderful photos of that beautiful cathedral. I was very interested in studying the map a bit. Thanks for posting it!

podso said...

Your pets must be happy! Beautiful cathedral! I'll have to check out that series...

Anonymous said...

I love these photos. That last paragraph made me giggle! Seems all I ever do is feed the pets, clean up after the pets and start all over again!

Suzan said...

One of these days . . . . .

Vee said...

I'm thinking you need another Brit holiday. Are you following Ellen's? She blogs at The Happy Wonderer.

Nancy Shuman said...

Laughing out loud at your last sentence! :)

Lady Linda said...

Oh be still my heart! Great places to visit indeed. Fun post to read.
Happy Summer.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Wouldn't it be something to visit those large cathedrals...such works of art.

I can't pet my dogs. If I do fur flies. I have to pet them outside with a brush about 4 times a day at this point..the shedding is awful :(

Mama Hen said...

These pictures are beautiful! What a neat night picture. Our little pup is ready for another hair cut. :) I hope you have a great week!

Mama Hen

J_on_tour said...

Thanks for the mention, sorry I'm late here again with my comment although I did read it a while back. I always had it in mind after we discussed it to do a few guest posts. I went on a specific day out to get some photographic material.

Interesting that two of the photos you link here are quite difficult to get, you have to know exactly when to send off for the Lumiere tickets as it is essentially crowd controlled and I usually hear about it when it's on. Quite difficult to get there on time without having to take a day off work with the earlier dark nights.
Secondly, there is a charge for the photography Cathedral interior permit, the price of which is comparable to the entrance fee of a major tourist attraction. Photography essentially is only allowed at times when there are no services on ... every time I'm there, there is some kind of service on ... haha.
I was pleased with what I took from the cloisters though and some other things. we'll have a talk about it again when I get the chance to write some text.

Interesting link on more history to place. I suppose Cathedrals in days gone by were thought of being safe places in taking cover from enemies. ... sanctuary knocker example etc


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