Saturday, November 17, 2012

Canterbury and the South

Sorry to keep you waiting for this last installment covering my trip to England. I spent the last full day in Canterbury and the South. It happened to be Remembrance Sunday and so I got in on an unexpected celebration in the town square, band, uniforms, and a crowd....



Through the crowd I made my way to the cathedral which was looking rather splendid in the bright sunlight with a perfect blue sky backdrop....



Inside, the congregation was beginning to gather, but I had a few moments just to soak in the beauty and wonder of it all....



The photo above was actually taken after the Remembrance Day Service, followed by Sung Eucharist in the Quire. I found the following hymn sung that day most meaningful. Both words and music strike a deep chord. Here is a video of the hymn from a Remembrance Day Service in Royal Albert Hall some time ago....




After the service I said good-bye to Canterbury and made my way to the White Cliffs of Dover, which were spectacular to say the least....



From Dover, I wandered along the southeast coast of England until I reached the quaint town of Rye, just about sunset. I love walled towns with stone gateways....




As I wondered through the streets of Rye I came upon the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin....




I found, to my delight, there was just enough time to climb the rickety stairs to the roof in time to catch the setting of the sun....



Once I was back on the ground again I searched for the street I have long heard and seen pictures of....




And a final reminder of C. S. Lewis and Narnia as I say good-bye to Rye and to England, at least for a while....



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