1 hour in Canterbury
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On my way back to
I have to admit that
I don't write that at all for the cathedral, which is remarkable and even more. I visited it 10 years ago and I wanted to see it again, being older.
But I really did not like the atmosphere. Maybe I was tired and a bit anxious because of the drive back to
The place in front of the cathedral and the main street were really busy. It was even not possible to walk, just a kind of slalom between the numerous French classes to go to the astonishing entry of the Cathedral. I was a bit ashamed to see their behavior which was so disrespectful.
It is not possible to see the cathedral without paying because it is surrounded by buildings. So I paid 5£ (student price) and I have to admit that it is worth the price.
The guy at the till was French, I started to wonder if I was already in
The Cathedral is really impressive. It is huge, outside and inside. The stained-glass windows are amazing, the architecture is just splendid. One hour is, of course, not enough to visit it well (I love to take my time...), but I was enough to be really impressed.
However, I was really chocked to see a souvenir shop inside the cathedral. I don't visit cathedrals very often, I like just to watch them from outside, so maybe having shops inside is something that happens quite often... But I don’t like when places like that are so much about making money. Well, so I should stop to visit very touristic places I guess!
Moreover I can imagine that it costs a lot to preserve it, but still… I think it should be everyone’s right to see, at least from outside, historic monuments without having to pay. It is our heritage. It makes me thinking how I love walking near Notre Dame in
My summary in figures
· Time spent there : 1 hour
· Things to do: 7/10 (the Cathedral is impressive but I did not like the atmosphere in town)
· How I get there : by car, I parked near the castle in a short-stay car park, 80p for 1 hour