UK Road Trip day 8: Driving to Durham

Durham Cathedral lit by sunset
Durham Cathedral lit by sunset

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Current Pitstop: The Marriott Hotel in Durham. Current consternation: this hotel, part of an American chain, is the first one we’ve stayed in so far to not only offer no wifi in its rooms but also to have the audacity of charging 15 pounds to use its rather slow ethernet connection for 24 hours. Really? To think that everywhere we slept previously, no matter how small, had free wifi. Stay in small places folks.

So lots of road today, with a short stop in Ripon to see the cathedral and the famous Fountains Abbey site. We had an excellent meal (again) at The Royal Oak which brings me to the conclusion that this trip is turning out to be the best culinary experience I’ve had in a long time. Aside from two or three mediocre places (usually chains and two of them in Cardiff), we’ve had extraordinary food. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had such great meat. Yes, the Brits know their Meats! Perfectly cooked every time, tender like no other and fresh, organic, locally produced. There is a real national pride in serving fresh foods. I’ll admit desserts and vegetables are dodgy, but I’ve had my first Toffee Pudding with Banana sauce tonight and it was delicious!

Oh, and before I sign out: No, I didn’t alter the colors on today’s photo. The cathedral really looks that fiery as the sun sets. It’s a wonderful sight, but one that will have a hard time passing inspection at Istock.

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3 thoughts on “UK Road Trip day 8: Driving to Durham

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note! We visited the cathedral’s interior this morning and it is a fascinating place, full oh history. No photos inside though: they would not allow it. Still amazing: a minister there told us that all of the different Christian Churches now hold services within its walls. She added that the world would be a better place if other places of worship did the same. Sweet!

  1. Marie laplante

    Bonjour,
    Te souviens-tu avoir vu la cathédrale de Durham et Fountains Abbey quand tu avais 8 ans (ou 9)? C’est pourtant le cas!
    Bon voyage! Bises à vous deux, Marie

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