. Not being very good shoppers we headed for the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, one of the cities most famous landmarks. The Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago.It is now the home to some outstanding collections of fine art , archaeology and natural history. It is truly a very good display and so very well done. Due to the various variety of displays it remains interesting. Also the Castle was used as a prison for 500 years, and its history of that time is also very well re-enacted and displayed. We spend about 3 hours in the castle and really enjoyed every bit of it. Having overstayed our time we walked back to the car , parking time had expired by then, luckily no ticket. On our way home we stopped in a village called Wymondham ( pronounced Win-dum ), a historic market town noted for its red roofs and great Abbey church. The Abbey was founded in 1107 by William d'Albini , chief butler to Henry I. Today the church is undergoing major restoration both inside and outside but is still good to look at. The Golden Altar is a masterpiece of the last century, designed by Sir Ninian Comper and begun in 1919. It dominates the Altar of the Abbey. It looks spectacular as is ,but when the lights are switched on behind the Altar it comes to life. Such a surprise to find this in the small town. Walking through the township itself is of course a delight, lovely old and very well maintained housing, shops and market square buildings. All good stuff.
Getting late by now and time to call it a day. Great day today, will be moving on to Colchester tomorrow. see you there.
The sunny and warm weather has left us and this morning we woke up to cloudy skies but no rain. good start at least. We were off to Norwich for the day. Had a nice breakfast once again, plenty of food to keep us going for the rest of the day. Norwich is only 45 minutes from the B&B and all main roads so the trip was easy. We were lucky enough to get a parking spot right in the middle of town which meant a very short walk to the information centre. Norwich is a city with both the old and the new. Not very well preserved and unfortunately not very clean either. We got a map from the tourist information and were on our way. Some of the attractions were very average. We did come across the Colman's mustard shop and museum, a replica Victorian shop stocking an extensive range of exclusive Colman's Mustard products. The shop is situated in the beautiful Royal Arcade, a very special place to walk through.If you are keen on shopping, Norwich is the ideal place to be. There are shopping malls everywhere and all the major department stores as well.Paradise for some