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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Mum and Dad (England)
Tuesday ended with a trip to Durham, with the objective of visiting another one of England's famous cathedrals. After finding somewhere to park the car, we set off on foot, walking for some time along the embankment of the River Wear, which winds its way through the City.
The first significant point of interest that we came to was Durham Market Square, where there are statues of Neptune and the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, as well as St Nicholas' Church. Just off the square was the Town Hall, and we also saw some red telephone boxes, which have become a rarity, since the government, in its infinite wisdom, decided to get rid of them, in favour of ugly glass and steel booths.
At the top of the hill, the road opened out into a large square. On the near side was Durham Castle, and on the far side was the cathedral. As it was pretty late, we stuck to just looking at the cathedral. After walking around the outside and observing some of the towering Celtic crosses, we entered the building to have a look. There were massive 'no photography' signs everywhere, yet still one Asian couple were taking pictures, which sent one of the staff members into a bit of a frenzy. We spent about an hour in total, observing the Norman Era architecture, which was truly impressive.
Mum and Dad were pretty tired by this point, so they decided to go back to the car, but Julia and I wanted to do some more exploring, so we headed back down to the River Wear. We spent the next half an hour or so walking along the far embankment, where we got some nice views of the castle and church, before crossing back over the river and heading up to the back side of the cathedral. We had a brief walk in the grounds and finally made out way back to meet the folks, rounding off what had been a famtastic day out.