Yesterday we said our farewells to Norfolk. It took about five hours for the journey to Cheltenham where my cousins Christine and Pene were waiting. Their brother wasn't far behind. Christine, a great cook, had been cooking up a storm and by the evening there were 11 of us partaking of the feast. Much talking, laughing and feasting.
Today we went to Gloucester. We began at the docks. The canal linking Gloucester and Sharpness was opened in 1827, bypassing a narrow, winding section of the Severn. Goods unloaded in Bristol could be transported toGloucester for distribution further inland.
A decade or so ago the ware houses were full of antique shops. Today many of them are apartments or offices.
We paid a visit to the Mariners Church, built as a result of the canal, to service the Mariners.it was completed in 1849. The church serviced seamen of many nations, including Spain, France, Denmark, hollan, Germany and the Americas - conducting services in many languages.
The dock area is a popular shopping precinct. There is still an antiques market incorporated.I really liked the tomb of Thomas Machen, Alderman and Mayor of Gloucester who died in 1614.
We were lucky enough to be there for a Gay Pride Parade, complete with Town Crier
We entered the Cahedral Grounds through an arched doorway
I loved the way the light played with the geometry of the vaulting, creating an almost abstract, modern design.
We finished our day with a delicious dinner in the House in the Tree . Many thanks everyone for the lovely day.