England Trip Days 11-14

The 11 day of the trip we traveled south to Hastings. The famous site of the battle between Harold and William that began the Norman conquest. We then headed over to Pevensey Castle which William built to gain a foothold. Later that night we traveled north to Whitstable to eat some oysters. Day 12 we stop by the new memorial for the Battle of Britain. A beautiful sight that over looked the channel. Next was Dover Castle and huge complex on an impressive chalk hill. The Castle has played a major role in British history from the Iron age up until World War II. We then walked a little on the white cliffs which were bright white with green growth all around. Day 13 was a pilgrimage to Canterbury. The famous pilgrim site of the medieval time. Still a place of prayer. We stopped in the cathedral and saw where Thomas of Canterbury (Becket) was martyred and saw the gorgeous stone work and windows. I then stopped by the little church of St. Thomas, a catholic church. I prayed at the relics of St. Thomas in the martyr’s chapel that also held statues of St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher who martyrdom we celebrate today. After talking with the associate pastor for a while and going to confession we headed over to St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martins church. Both ancient sites of Christianity for Saxon England. We then headed to Lulling Stone Roman Villa and also a site […]

England Trip days 6-10

Day 6 we traveled into York and saw the Cathedral and the remnants of old Norman castle Clifford’s tower. York was controlled for a long time by the Vikings and so there are a number of places that have Viking names including the two rivers of York. There is also a historical site in downtown York that you can visit. After most of the day in York we traveled out to the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey which were quit haunting and then visited Helmsley Castle just down the road forms the abbey. Day 7 we drove very far north almost to Scotland and say the Holy Island. This is the spot of the first Viking raid in England. It was also home to a priory of monks and is a beautiful place with the North Sea as a backdrop. While up there we went to Bamburgh just south of Holy Island and visit its Castle which has been restored and updated. On our way, back to Cawood we stopped along Hadrian’s wall which was amazing to see. Day 8 saw us traveling to a small town called Selby to look for a window that is said to be inspiration for the American flag. The window contained the crest of the Washington’s which show stars and stripes. We then head back south to East Anglia and saw the old Island of Ely and its Cathedral. And then traveled to possibly the coolest named town Bury St. Edmund. We saw the old […]

England Trip Days 1-5

Many of you know that I recently took a trip to England with a longtime friend who grew up there in Devonshire. Our first 5 days the weather was cool in the 60s with a nice drizzle of rain every day. Perfect weather as far as I was concerned. We had also purchased a English Heritage pass which got us into most of the sites we visited. It easily paid for itself within the first two days of our trip. Upon arrival, we headed to Salisbury which would be our base for the first three days. On our way to Salisbury we stop by an ancient hill fort on the Salisbury plains. It was a beautifully green place surround by wheat being blown by the wind so that it looked like the green ocean. After a little time, we headed onto Salisbury to our hotel and stopped to see the cathedral but were unable to get in as it was already evening. Our second day we headed over Stonehenge which I think everyone is familiar with. But we also hit Avebury Henge which was huge. So, big in fact that there was a small village in the middle of it. We had lunch in a pub there. We also saw Silbury Hill which is an ancient man-made hill and beside it was the burial chamber that is called the West Kennet Long Barrow. We also hit Winchester the old capital of Saxon England and the spot famous for Alfred the […]