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Canterbury- A Pleasant Walk Through the Past

Canterbury is an incredibly old city.  This was made obvious as I strode under its formidable medieval gate.  Beyond the gate were narrow lanes lined periodically with ancient stone churches and pubs. 

I could just imagine the writer Geoffrey Chaucer or the playwright Christopher Marlow making their way from one of these pubs to the next with their friends, laughing and carrying on all the way.  And to be honest with you, this is one of the reasons why I like to travel.  I want to walk amongst the ghosts of the past, feeling the history of the place coursing through my veins. 

But that is not the only reason that I travel.  In the words of the Roman statesman Cicero, "To know nothing about what happened before you were born makes you forever a child."

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Canterbury- Timber-Framed Buildings

One of my favorite things to do when I visit Canterbury is to scope out its ancient timber-framed buildings.  These incredible structures are as much works of art as the paintings by Leonardo da Vinci or Michaelangelo.  Check them out and see if you agree.      

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Canterbury- Old Weaver Restaurant and Thomas Becket Pub

When in Canterbury, The Old Weaver Restaurant on 1 Saint Peter's Street is the perfect place to stop for tea and scones, being that it is located in a beautiful old timber-framed structure with outdoor seating alongside a lovely canal.

And for dessert(yes, I do have a sweet tooth to satiate!), an apple pie a la mode at Thomas Becket Pub on 21 Best Lane.  Quite a decadent way to end the day!

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Canterbury- Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is an incredible gothic structure that is in a majestic state of decay.  The atmosphere of this place is incredible, and you must visit it to fully understand what I mean.

In this cathedral Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered by knights of King Henry II of England for having defied the king.  As a result of this martyrdom, Becket became a saint, and Canterbury, a major place of pilgrimage.

In "The Canterbury Tales," Geoffrey Chaucer relates a fictional tale of some of these pilgrims.  Always lively and sometimes bawdy, this tale is a classic, and is not to be missed!

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