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Saturday, 17 October 2009

DURHAM

Bill Bryson exhorted everybody to visit Durham in his "Notes from a Small Island". He is now Chancellor of the University and I don't think my blog post will usurp him but it is a beautiful city and well worth a visit even if you have to go out of your way.
We went, on the way to Beamish, with our visitors and didn't have enough time there but here are some views to show you what it looks like on an ordinary day. This first view is from Milburngate Bridge looking over the Wear river towards Prebends Bridge.


It was not very early in the morning but the day was calm and a mist still lingered over the river. The next view is looking through Elvet Bridge from the bank where the rowing boats are lined up for hire.




We climbed up to the Palace Green to admire the Cathedral, the Castle and the grand selection of buildings; all using the same stone and demonstrating a full range of architectural styles through the ages.


Cheers Gillian

1 comment:

chillsider said...

We lived in Durham for 3 years while husband no 1 gained his 2:1 in archaeology {did his dissertation on the crypt]. Raised my 2 babes in student accomodation in Bakehouse Lane, at the top of one of the city hills.
Washed lots of ancient pottery and wrote the beginnings of several novels in the cathedral refrectory. A beautiful city, mixed memories.