The Journey to Canterbury

I left home this morning catching the 10.10 from Tiverton to Paddington. The train was 7 minutes late and was full and some chap was sitting in my reserved seat which he said he had mistaken for another and gave me his seat number which I took. However at the next stop a new passenger told me I was sitting in his reserved seat! So back to claim my original seat – the gentleman moved to where I don’t know ! Anyway ended up sitting next to a New Zealand lady who was working here caring for a stroke victim – her name was Christine. Enjoyed talking to her. She was due to return to family in New Zealand for a month – it is winter there now – before returning to the UK.

The train was further delayed and arrived in Paddington twenty minutes. Caught a later train from Victoria and arrived in Canterbury around 4pm. I have a view of the Cathedral from my bedroom window albeit mostly clad in scaffolding ! I seem destined to visit cathedrals in such a state – it was the same when I arrived in Santiago de Compostela last year.

The city was crowded when I arrived but later around 6pm I had the cathedral almost to myself – quiet and peaceful.


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