(If you'd like to see my deletions just let me know and I'll email them all to you!! HAH!)
I could do more posts with fewer photos I suppose, but I have other things I want to get to in this lifetime...like planning my next trip!! Ideas are brewing!
Last night I got together with a few hiking friends to watch the movie "The Way" with Martin Sheen, the story about the father whose son dies on the first day of his pilgrimage on the Camino. The father decides to walk the rest of the Camino for his son dispersing his ashes along the way. It is an amazing story about the importance of relationships and I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it.
One of our group has walked the Camino and two are walking it next year. I'm considering it for 2016, the year I turn 60. I say considering because I'm still unsure. If I can save enough $$ and work out all the details to my satisfaction then I'll go. The current version of my plan involves walking from Southampton to Plymouth in England, taking the ferry to Santander, Spain, and walking the rest of the Northern Way and the Original Way to Santiago de Compostela. Here's a link to a map!
I'd like to try doing the English portion with just my backpack and booking places to stay myself. This way if I've had enough by the time I get to Plymouth I can end my journey there. It gives me an OUT if I need it.
OK, on to Norwich!
This photo was taken from the double decker bus that took me into the city - it's not the greatest shot but I like it. I found Norwich and area to be "moody" and this photo captures that I think.
England's version of Dollarama!
This fellow fares a bit better and was given hand holds to balance himself as he peers out over the street.
A glimpse of the marekt - I'll explore it more tomorrow. Today I'm on a mission. The first thing I did was to go into WHSmith to buy a map of the city. I had also written down instructions from google maps on how to get to the village of Old Catton so I felt pretty confident that I'd be able to find my way there and back. My map skills are pretty good now I think!
Here's another reason I'll have to revisit Norwich - I didn't get a chance to explore the castle. It doesn't look 948 years old does it? But that's when it was begun, by William the Conqueror!
I took so many pictures of the cathedral but on this day I just looked at the Ethelbert Gateway which was constructed in the 11th, 13th and 14 centuries.
...very Tudor...the hotel is called the Maid's Head Hotel...kind of ominous...
I'm still trekking along to Old Catton and spot a curious round building...
...which turns out to be a pub called the Artichoke...
...according to my map I'm almost there...!
...here's the marker!!
I enjoyed my walk through the park - it reminded me of my walks out in the country.
Cool - a Catton bench!
"The name of Catton most likely means farmstead (or Tun) of a man called Catta, a local tribal leader. Another possible explanation was the presence of wild cats in the area - now depicted on the village sign. The settlement was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086." Wikipedia
One of those magical photos - you don't realize how well it turned out til you see it later!