Epilogue: The Riverside Walk

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Okay, I realise that the prologue and story are missing from the blog. So, how did I come about this ‘epilogue’ bit? Well, as my masters programme rounds up, or should I say has rounded up  (handed in my dissertation last week), I’m calling this season the ‘epilogue’. So, I decided to check some things of my to-do-before-i-leave list. I’m currently in Canterbury, Kent (which I’ve decided is one of the best places in England period); and contrary to some opposing views on the city, it is one of the ‘funnest’ places to be in. The only thing I will concede to is that our cinema is wack (yes, there’s just one cinema :-p ).

The Stour River runs through this great city and a beautiful park has been planned around the river banks. There are also regular boat rides along the river. I’m sure you’ve already guessed that a walk down the river bank was on my list. If not, now you know. I wasn’t really interested in the boat ride. I just wanted to walk down the river, through the park and on the Roman wall.

Without going into too much history, lemme just give some background. Canterbury is an old Roman walled settlement (hence, the Roman wall above). It still has the remains of the wall, and several other archaeological remains which prove its Roman-ness. It is also host to the Canterbury Cathedral which is what you might call the ‘headquarters’ of the Anglican Church of England (seeing that the Anglican church has split up). Does the title ‘Archbishop of Canterbury’ ring a bell?

 

Left: Entrance to the Canterbury Cathedral; Right: Westgate Tower (Roman remains which is kinda literally on the Stour)

Left: Entrance to the Canterbury Cathedral; Right: Westgate Tower (Roman remains) which is kinda literally on the Stour

This heritage, coupled with the facts that the city is just a couple of hours away from France and Belgium, about an hour from London, and is surrounded by fantabulous beaches like Whitstable and Margate, makes Canterbury absolutely fantastic, glorious! I’m beginning to sound like tour guide/tourism agent here, but whatever. 😀

 

Top: My friends and I at Whitstable pebble beach; Bottom: The Stour at another point (near the theatre)

Top: My friends and I at Whitstable pebble beach; Bottom: The Stour at another point (near the theatre)

I have come on here to share the beauty of my river walk. It was awesome. Gorgeous weather + gorgeous place = gorgeous day aka fun in the sun.

The beginning of a beautiful walk  with Westgate tower on the right and pretty flowers on the river bank

The beginning of a beautiful walk with Westgate tower on the right and pretty flowers on the river bank

Me, along the river (thanks to a nice stranger)

Me, along the river (thanks to a nice stranger)

Beautiful scenery on the way

Beautiful scenery on the way

Walking on the wall. Can you see that structure in the distance? That's where I'm headed - the very top) ;-)

Walking on the wall. Can you see that structure in the distance? That’s where I’m headed – the very top) 😉

Made it! (I'll be honest this outfit renewed my fashion sense- confidence. Hasn't been going so great of late) :-D

Made it! (I’ll be honest this outfit renewed my fashion sense- confidence. Hasn’t been going so great of late) 😀

The view from the top. You can see the Cathedral in the distance in the top photo

The view from the top. You can see the Cathedral in the distance in the top photo

So, add Canterbury to your places-to-visit-before-I-die list! Haven’t I sold you? 😉

xxoo

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