Our train arrived in Durham around 4:00 PM. Anne telephoned Enterprise to come pick us up at the train station. She spoke with a guy named Tom. He told her he'd be "the chap in the smart blue suit" so that we could recognize him. There was some confusion as to which platform at the train station he was supposed to meet us at, but it all got sorted.
Tom's suit was quite smart indeed, but his hair left a little something to be desired. It was short and he had a bit of a receding hairline, but the sides were long. It was like he was going for this look:
|Bradley Wiggins--not Tom.|
|Durham Cathedral. Final resting place of The Venerable Bede.|
|Largest, lushest begonias we have ever seen.|
After depositing our belongings, we asked a couple of different strangers for a recommendation for a place to go for dinner. The consensus seemed to be that Bell's Fish Shop was THE best place to eat in town.When I asked a rather intimidating bouncer at a place called The Shakespeare if he could point the way to Bell's his face lit up and he happily pointed the way and said he was going there himself as soon as he got off work.
Bell's was an excellent choice. I have never had such delectable fried fish in all my life. We tried the mushy peas--fabulous! The chips were delicious too. I had Dandelion and Burdock soda because when would I have another chance to try that? It sounds weird but it was very tasty.
There was a mother and son from Michigan sitting at the table next to us so we chatted a bit and told each other about our adventures on our trips so far.
|Possibly the most glorious fish and chips and mushy peas in existence.|
|Bell's Fish and Chips Shop|
|Post box sighting. I got almost as excited about these as I did about the phone boxes.|
|View from Durham town square.|
|View looking the other direction from the same spot across the town square.|
|My father-in-law calls the little grandchildren "Mugwump" sometimes.|
I had never heard the name before that. I still don't know what a Mugwump is.
|The bouncer I spoke to was off duty when we passed by again. I'm sure he was at Bell's.|
After dinner we checked out the town a little bit but most of the shops were closed so we decided to go back up to the Palace Green (the area up on the hill near the cathedral and the castle). It was a beautiful evening and we wanted to take pictures. If Cambridge failed to live up to expectations, Durham far exceeded them. I enjoyed every moment of this beautiful place (well except the moments at the beginning with the backing the car and the crying in the rainstorm).
|The Palace Green|
|Phone box AND post box in the same shot. Heaven.|
|This is the alley I had to back down.|
|Moon between spires.|
|Buildings on the Palace Green.|
|More photos of Durham Cathedral because the light was beautiful and the cathedral looked so majestic.|
|View of Durham from Durham Cathedral church yard.|
There was a wedding going on at the castle so the security detail tried to turn us away but when we told them we were staying in the castle they let us pass.
|Panoramic view of the castle courtyard from near the front gate. The great hall is on the left |
and the castle tower where we slept is on the right.
|The gate to the castle courtyard (viewed from within the castle courtyard).|
|The Great Hall|
|We slept in the tower. The rooms are usually dorm rooms but when the|
students are on holiday, they rent them out to guests like us.
|Entrance to the castle tower dorm rooms.|
|View from Mom's window. Yes, there was grass growing on the roof.|
|Views from my bedroom window.|
To Be Continued. . .