Friday, January 11, 2019

Anglophile Friday - Canterbury, UK

A street scene in Canterbury

Hi blogger friends! 

Although I posted photos of our Nov/Dec England trip daily on Instagram, I know that many bloggers aren't on IG, so thought I would share some here too. I'll have to say that it was one of the best ever. We went to old favorites, but added in some places we'd not seen before, had 17 days, did a lot of walking, and enjoyed every minute of the trip, even the days we were slogging through soggy grass/mud in Avebury. I'll get to that in a later post. And because it was Christmastime, (technically Advent, but...) the whole place was decorated for Christmas. It made every place we visited even more special.

 Canterbury Cathedral, one of the sides that currently does not have scaffolding. Repairing, restoring, replacing is a huge and never-ending job in these old cathedrals, so we appreciate all that we are able to see and enjoy.

 The Canterbury War Horse
to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War

I've been thinking about doing a series of blog posts on travel, including all the planning, packing list, accommodations, cost breakdown, etc. I'm not sure if anyone is interested in that, but we've learned that travel that many think is impossible is really very doable, probably far more affordable than they think, provided they are willing to prioritize. I mean, really. What's more important: eating or seeing interesting places? ;-) Actually, I'm kinda serious, but we'll discuss that another time.

Christchurch Gate

and some very interesting information HERE, which includes
the fact that the original sculpture of Christ, which had been destroyed by Puritan iconoclasts, was replaced by the current sculpture made in 1990, after a gap of 347 years!

 This is similar to the large framed photo that hangs on the wall above my desk.
The Christmas tree was not on the altar, btw. It just looks that way.

 Altar marking the spot of Thomas Becket's martyrdom
If you're not familiar with that tragic story, you can read it HERE.
He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

Boat of Remembrance


"Under an Equal Sky will bring together major new works reflecting on themes of war and remembrance and focusing in particular on the civilian casualties of war. Baldwin & Guggisberg’s use of glass as their principal medium in the exhibition is intended to reflect the fragile nature of humanity, with the symbolism of boats and empty vessels bringing to mind sadly familiar images of our times: refugees packed precariously into boats, fleeing for their lives, and migrants seeking new horizons. The context of Canterbury Cathedral – itself a place of refuge across the centuries – underpins the exhibition’s intent. Each work has been created in dialogue with the building and with its rich history and community in mind.
The works will be exhibited throughout the Cathedral building, beginning with Boat of Remembrance, an installation in the Cathedral’s Nave of 100 clear glass amphorae hanging in the shape of a ship, each one representing a year of remembrance but also underscoring the continuing consequences of war: the 22.5 million people currently seeking safety abroad as well as those still losing their lives in conflict."

 Artists Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg commented: ‘The focal point of the exhibition, Boat of Remembrance, would not have been possible if it hadn’t been for the Nave roof being covered by a safety deck, giving us the perfect hanging opportunity. In some ways the restoration project has been the making of the show. The building is a World Heritage site and so it’s been a challenge – but also an honour – making pieces that work with the space.’

Isn't that incredible!

We were grateful for the privilege to see these glass installations, for the original plan was that they would be on display through November 11, but I believe it was later decided to keep them up through early January. 

On the west end of Canterbury Cathedral are the newly-installed statues of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. There's something about the way Prince Phillip is holding that cloak that looks rather sinister to me.

 And here they are again.

 Another little street scene from Canterbury

And lest we die of starvation, we shared a piece of delicious orange cheesecake.

So these are just a few of the huge number of photos in my phone, and I've left out many photos of Canterbury because I've shown them before in other posts. There might be a Part 2 to this because, surprisingly, there's more to Canterbury than the Cathedral. :-)

ANYWAY, I hope you'll all have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping in!

Happy Anglophile Friday!


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Sandi said...

Wonderful photos!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Your pictures are breathtaking! I have to be honest, though. The last pic was my fave. It may have to do with me being on Weight Watchers.

Jean | said...

Judy, love that glass boat installation! Your beautiful photos have given me a much-needed mini-vacation-in-my-mind this morning. I think you should definitely do some posts on the mechanics of travel. It would go over big, I'm sure.

Sandra said...

that cathedral is AMAZAING, the inside is spectacular. I love the photo of the tree not on the altar and my most favirite is the glass boat. those glass hangings are so wonderful. I had to laugh at the first photo when you said you went down new streets never seen, in the first photo to me a street is one you can drive a car on and that photo is walking room only. so beautiful...since we don't travel it is fun to see places through others cameras

Robin said...

Love your pictures. Canterbury is wonderful, we stayed in a lovely B&B that was a ten minute walk to the town city. The B&B had a nice out street parking lot. We did a lot of day trip from Canterbury, which was great. We rented a Mini Cooper, it was so much driving it.

Marcia said...

Great photos! I'd love to read your take on travel. I still can't believe you pack only one carryon bag for everything.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you so much for posting your photos. Part 2 would be awesome!

Elizabethd said...

How lovely that you had a chance to see so much of interest in Canterbury. I'm sad that I have never been there.

Nancy's Notes said...

Breathtaking and incredibly interesting photographs!

Terri D said...

I have an Instagram account but I don't post there and never check in. I wondered when we would get to see some of your photos from your latest trip... now I know I should have checked in over on IG. I'll look forward to part 2 here on Blogger!! Thanks!!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Judy, we must make it to Canterbury on a future trip. It's on our must see list. Your photos are beautiful and make me long to go back to England! I'm sure everyone would enjoy hearing your views on traveling. Happy weekend. ♥

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

WOW! fabulous post an the architecture is magnificent. Have a lovely weekend.

Unknown said...

I just love your photos. I especially love the cows, are they yours? Would love to visit Wisconsin one day.Went through there going to Mich. about 40yrs. ago.
Love you site and hope you have a wonderful New Year.
Shirley from Tallahassee FL

This N That said...

I have missed your beautiful the Architecture..wonderful buildings.. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Cindy said...

Gorgeous photos! My two youngest daughters have been to England and always come home with amazing stories and stunning pictures!

Lynne said...

Loved your photos ...
The Boat of Remembrance is stunningly beautiful.
Happy you enjoyed your travels ...

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

BEAUTIFUL photos of such amazing Architecture!! And that cheesecake looks spectacular!! Thanks for sharing as i am not on Instagram...
Thanks too for taking the time to stop by and leave such a nice comment!!

NanaDiana said...

What fantastic photos, Judy. I am so glad you were able to go and enjoy yourself---even slogging through the rainy days. That Boat of Remembrance is phenomenal! Wow! You got some really great pictures. Hope you are having a great Sunday. xo Diana

Jill said...

I do follow you on Instagram but love seeing these photos as well and they are bigger on my computer. :-) They are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.... I hope to visit there one day. Have a great evening.


Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Such a gorgeous assortment of pictures of those amazing cathedrals! And oh my, that cheesecake looks so good! I've never been overseas, and it is great to see the world through your lens, always a joy!

Carla from The River said...

Keep these posts coming ;-) yes do travel tips, planning, packing and saving money. :-)

More rain.. boo boo boo!

Lady Fi said...

Gorgeous scenes.


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