A few days ago, I turned 29. I entered my 30th year as some like to tease and with that, I decided to spend the day chilling out by exploring a postcard village in the United Kingdom. Which village? Canterbury. Located in Kent, Canterbury only came on my radar because I had heard of the book the Canterbury Tales. I think I heard about it in college but funnily enough, I’ve never read it. I’ve actually never read any work of Geoffrey Chaucer so the fact that I spent part of my birthday in this town is actually quite bizarre. But any way, I decided to go and so my hubby took me.
Dressed in my near birthday gear (cute bracelet, Levi’s denim jacket and black Nikes), we hopped in the car and drove an hour to the town. I am a Capricorn so when we arrived, we were greeted by chilly air – a common birthday theme since I was born in the winter months. We entered the town and looked for a place to park and if you’re driving, you’ll be pleased to know that there are quite a few car parks. They aren’t free but you can park within walking distance of the town center.
As soon as we entered Canterbury, you could tell you were no longer in central London. The pace of life there was slower and the homes had a few more added quirks. For one thing, you could stop in the middle of the road for a picture without fear of being mowed down by a furious driver. There were also pastel homes with matching pastel colored doors. Talk about an Instagrammers delight! If it were a warm, sunny day, you could really do it up.
A little further on into town, you’ll find more places to perch for a photo like along a babbling brook, in front of a pub or some more colorful doors. You’ll also start to hear a lot of accents as Canterbury is quite close to France and is sort of a touristy/college/university town. While I was there, I heard French accents, Americans, German and more! A linguistic delicacy in such a small village.
Once I had my fill of “impromptu” posing, we headed toward the famous Canterbury Cathedral.
The cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt between 1070 and 1077 has a very Gothic style. The outside of the cathedral was pretty impressive. Ornate windows, beautiful archways and more! The church was undergoing a bit of restoration while I was there but it didn’t detract from it’s grandeur. In fact, I suspect a building as old as this is always undergoing some sort of architectural changes or updates.
Eventually, we got a bit hungry so stopped into Creams for a birthday dessert. We had sweet crepes and a hot drink to warm up from our outside wanderings. I’d recommend Creams but I will say that you should tell them to take it easy on the sauce they drizzle on the crepes. It’s less of a drizzle and more of a glug. I think less is more in this case as the sauce can saturate and make it too sweet.
After that, we decided to head home as we wanted to make it back for our dinner reservation (Thai food!). It was a nice day in Canterbury even with it being cold. I highly recommend you check it out and see the medieval history!