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-- 25 March, 2008 --

Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.
Leading up to the first trip to the UK that The Poet and I went on I spent hours looking at a webcast from a camera set up facing Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. The very first place that I wanted to visit, therefore, was the cathedral.

I was not disappointed. In fact I was completely gob smacked! I found that cathedrals are the most extrordinary places. They still achieve the effect of drawing your eyes up towards the heavens with their soaring achitecture.

I had read Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth some time before our trip so I had some understanding of the process of cathedral building but it was only when I saw Ely did I truly appreciated the incredible feats of these people. The precision of the construction, given the technology available at the time, is absolutely amazing.

Beginning with Ely, I have always stood at the west door of every cathdral I have visited and taken a photograph down the nave towards the high altar. During the Easter weekend just past I gathered together my collection of cathedrals into a set on my Flickr account. I am amazed at the variety that I have seen in the last 6 Christmases. I hope that you all enjoy my little virtual tour as much as I enjoyed reminiscing.

Posted by robynls at March 25, 2008 6:26 PM

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Off I go because this will be a big interest to me. May go to the library and look for the book too.

Posted by: bonnie at March 26, 2008 1:11 AM

What a beautiful photo. Makes me want to go traveling.

Posted by: mz. em at March 26, 2008 1:38 PM

This entry was so funny. Not ha-ha funny but what a coincidence. I read it this morning (which is Wednesday), and just last night, P. and I were watching the BBC miniseries of Anthony Trollope's "Barchester Chronicles" which is based on the Peterborough Cathedral. There was a bonus feature on the DVD which was a behind-the-scenes explanation of that particular cathedral in real life. It was fascinating and made us want to visit it next trip.

The other coincidence was that just yesterday, as well, I was chatting with my coworker Mary and she was trying to tell me about a book she is reading but kept forgetting the name of the author - it was THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett! She was loving it.

That's all. Just two coincidences in one day. Let's see, we are into spring here, but you are into -- what? Fall?

Posted by: Bex at March 27, 2008 2:22 AM

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