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Lincoln Cathedral April 3, 2012

Filed under: Britain — Kristi @ 4:04 pm
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Today was an easy sightseeing day. Because I didn’t want to be jetlagged, I went to bed at a normal time last night and tried to catch up on my sleep a little. Because of that, I slept for about 11 hours, which doesn’t give much time for exploration. Our plan was to go to Lincoln Cathedral, which I hadn’t seen when I was here last because of the graduations and then walk down steep hill and buy some cheap makeup (I’d left all of mine at home).

 

So, we had lunch at home and caught an afternoon bus into town. We wandered into the cathedral around 2:30 and bought our tickets, but then discovered that there was a free guided tour at 3 and I just couldn’t pass that up. So… we did a little shopping (I got a colorful necklace) and then returned. The tour was excellent.

 

                  

 

 

We learned all about the history of the cathedral and all of the accidents (fire, earthquake, collapsing towers, etc.), but the cool thing was the strange idiosyncrasies in the design and building. The current cathedral was mostly built in the 12th and 13th century but it was meeting up with an earlier facade (the one in the picture above); there were some small miscalculations. If you look at the central vault, it is off center from the older, front wall. Also, there is more showing on the left side than the right.

 

 

There were some great carvings. One was of dragons eating grapes off a vine (symbolizing the devil attacking Jesus) being fought by a man with a sword. On the opposite side of the doorway was those same dragons hanging upside-down (symbolizing) victory over the devil. Closest to the door are a pair of owls. They also symbolized evil; the message was “Don’t get to cocky, holy people, evil is EVERYWHERE!”

 

  

 

Other parts of the cathedral are the rood screen, the organ (on top of the screen), and the altar. The screen is neat because apparently in the Middle Ages it was brightly colored red, blue, and gold. Unfortunately, the Protestants witewashed over the whole thing and then when the Victorians tried to remove the whitewash, they took all the paint and gold leaf with it. The Victorians ruin EVERYTHING!

 

   

 

We left the cathedral and were freezing and starving so we had a cup of tea and some food at the pub outside (The Magna Carta) and wandered down the hill. We went into Boots right before they closed and I succeeded in my makeup quest, so tomorrow I’ll look pretty in Durham. 🙂

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A Long Day of Travel

Filed under: Britain,Travel — Kristi @ 5:39 am
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No pictures for this post, unfortunately. I promise there will be TONS for the rest of the blog.

 

I arrived in Dunholm, UK yesterday after a long day of traveling. I left Michael around 12:30, his dad took me to the airport, and headed to say goodbye to the family. Got to the airport around 2:30 and I was off. Honestly, the flights were completely non-eventful. I did end up getting 3 seats to myself and I tried to sleep, but for some reason I just couldn’t. I arrived in London at 7:45 am, and then the fun began.

 

I’m sort of a seat-of-my-pants traveler. I usually take public transportation, which I book ahead of time, but this time I really wanted to rent a car. I went to get my international drivers permit and discovered that I needed to renew my license before I left. So I rushed over to the DMV and took care of that. Unfortunately, they no longer make the licenses in-house, so I got a temporary paper license. The rental car companies wouldn’t accept it. So, my plans have changed a bit.

 

I had planned on going to Scotland for an overnight, but the train tickets are just too expensive so we’re going to Durham for the day instead. I think it will be fun, but I’m definitely planning a big Scotland trip for the next time I come over. I also wanted to do a little traveling around Kent, but I’m not going to do that either. It’s a shame.

 

Anyway, Becca met me at the station in Lincoln and we went shopping. I needed an umbrella and then they had cute flats for super cheap… and a white flower for my hair (my old white flower broke) and 19£ later, I got my second wind! Shopping does that for me. We got a taxi back to Becca’s house in Dunholm, dropped off our stuff and then went off around the village. We walked back (about a mile) and then chilled out the rest of the night. It was a nice, relaxing evening.

 

Today we’re going to explore Lincoln. Last year when I came, we tried to go to the cathedral but it was closed for graduation ceremonies; this year we’re going in! There will be tons of pictures, don’t you worry.