Kathryn and Ken's European Vacation

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Day 13: Medway
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Mostly sunny with a high of 21C

Day 13: Sunday, September 17, 2006     Medway, England

Bless You, Mr. Patel

There was a little fog in the morning but it turned out to be another beautiful, sunny day.  We took the M1 Motorway south and then the M11 which is the outer ring road around London.  It took us 4 hours to get to our Travelodge in Medway.  We were to early to check in but we found out that there was a laundromat in Chatham, a couple of miles away.  We arrived at 2:05 pm to discover that it closed at 2:00.  The owner was closing up when Kathryn got out and started begging.  When Mr. Patel, an East Indian, found out we were from Canada, he stayed open - he had relatives in Toronto.  We did 4 loads of laundry which cost us 20 (ouch).  We were there about 2 hours.  Mr. Patel and I talked about Canada and watched a soccer game on TV.  He also offered me a beer - his family lived in the back of the laundromat.  We finally had clean clothes for the next two weeks.

We were planning to leave for the Continent by ferry the next day from Dover, so we decided to drive in today and check things out so we wouldn't be lost in the morning.  This turned out to be a good idea.

On our way back, we stopped in Canterbury. Canterbury is probably England's most famous cathedral city. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. It is the Cathedral of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England and religious leader of the Church of England. As well as being the mother church of the Diocese of Canterbury (east Kent) it is the focus for the Anglican Communion.  Canterbury was one of the few great cathedrals that did not charge admission.  We spent some time touring the church and you can see some of my photos in the slide show below. It was a very beautiful cathedral with lots of stained glass.

After the Cathedral, we walked around the rest of Canterbury.  It was Sunday

Interior of Canterbury Cathedral

 evening, sp things were pretty quiet.  The charm of the narrow streets and period architecture, the pedestrian high street with shops of every description - today's Canterbury offers a wealth of things to see and do.   A bustling pedestrian high street offering a host of famous shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs. Canterbury is less than 1 mile in diameter and thus all the visitor attractions can be reached on foot.  After Canterbury, it was back to the hotel for a good night's sleep and tomorrow's adventures.

Kathryn on the street in old Canterbury

For consistency's sake, I have moved Day 14 into Week 3 because it was our first day in Europe.

Click here for a slide show of Day 13 photos.

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