Relaxing in Durham - By Sidney

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
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Trip End Jun 16, 2010


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hi again,
Today was quiet. We headed out of the Travelodge at 9:30 and spent about an hour in wet weather trying to find tonight's lodging. We did not have a decent map, so we first hiked up to the cathedral to get our bearings, then used the map from the guidebook to find the bus station. We then, finally, used our directions to make our way from there to our lodging. We dropped our luggage there, than started into town to eat a late breakfast. Since we were low on British cash, we were limited to places that accepted plastic. Eventually, however, we ended up with a good English breakfast - sausage, beans, toast, and tea, among other things.

 We then headed out to tour Durham's two main attractions - the castle and the cathedral. The cathedral opened first, so we toured the historic chapel and viewed the exhibits about St. Cuthbert, one of the more important saints of England. We then took a fascinating tour of the castle, which is currently in use as college lodging, and has been since the university was founded. Did you know that the number "4" used to be written using the cutoff top of an "8"?
After our cathedral tour, we sought out a place to eat a late lunch, which turned out to be our dinner as well. A small meal of pizza, salad, and sandwiches turned out to be all we needed. This was just as well, considering the milkshakes came exactly as advertised (flavored milk). We then retired to our lodging for the evening to relax, watch the telly, and write our blog.

Sidney
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Comments

Helen & Milton on

Sidney - you are a very good writer - and observer. We are enjoying all the entries.

Lynn on

I hope you guys had fun in Durham. I loved it when I was in school there.
I did not live in the keep but just below the castle.
It has been great seeing pics and reading you blog, look forward to hearing all about it!

Dean on

You're a great blogger Sid!

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