Day 13: Sunday, September 17, 2006
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
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
Cathedral, we walked around the rest of Canterbury. It was
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.
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.