Durham, a historic city in North East England, is home to a Norman cathedral that became a center of pilgrimage in medieval England. That's because the Cathedral contains the final resting place of St. Cuthbert. The city also boasts an 11th century castle that has been the home of Durham University since 1832. And all of this perched on a stunning rocky outcrop that looks down on the River Wear (pronounced like 'weird' but without the 'd'). But what you really need to know about Durham is this: Spousal Unit proposed to me here, right outside the main door of the Cathedral, 28 years ago.
So, of course we brought my sister and her husband to the scene of the crime during their UK tour in June 2017 (see previous posts about their visit: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)
Durham is only a short drive from my in-laws' house; we took advantage of the Park and Ride just outside the city center because the walk into town along the river offers peek-a-boo glimpses of the Cathedral until suddenly it looms over you and the water.
|Scaffolding on right-hand tower - repairs!|
We scaled the cobblestone streets that wend a serpentine route to the hill occupied by the Cathedral and castle. As we entered the square that is bounded by these ancient structures, I was struck by the contrast in the historical architecture
|Pictures inside the Cathedral are not permitted|
and modern-day activities.
|Large wedding tent on the square|
|Carousel horses - waiting patiently for the kids!|
In 2016, our family participated in the Durham Cathedral LEGO build. For every British pound you donated, you got to place one LEGO brick on the model, which now contains almost 300,000 bricks! The model is an accurate scale representation of the Cathedral, 12.5 feet long, 5 feet wide and 5.6 feet high. It is currently on display in the Undercroft Foyer. The first LEGO was laid on July 11, 2013 and the final brick was placed on July 25, 2016.
Two years ago, the Cathedral opened a new area, called the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Perhaps because it does not get as many visitors as the Cathedral proper, I find the space to be utterly peaceful and an ideal location to ponder the glory of the Cross.
The grounds outside the Chapel are also glorious. I could not stop taking pictures of the roses.
By this time the troops clamored for refreshments. With the downhill before us, we positively legged it to Vennels Café. But not before a final glance at the spot where I said yes to the man of my dreams.
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