Sunday in Sunny Durham England

Sunday in Sunny Durham England

The clouds billow behind the norman towered cathedral of Durham.

Here we stand in awe of one of the oldest cathedrals in England.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Cathedral #1

Our new traveling companion Explorafriend has some lovely people she knows who live here.  So we climb in our little rental car and they suggested they show us around. Next thing we know, here we are.

We have a little fun with the red telephone booth, and it just feels so English with the letterbox positioned behind.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham telephone booth

Explorason loves running around the minster grounds and gets his energy out.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Cathedral #2

He is always mucking around so he has a bit of fun – shame the grass is so damp, or so he soon discovers!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Cathedral #3

This cathedral is of the gothic era, and is decorated accordingly.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Cathedral front door
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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Cathedral interior
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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Cathedral courtyard

Much of interior was destroyed or left to disrepair until this century where committed workers came to the rescue. 
A lovely volunteer lady spends ages with my son explaining where the pillars first were dug from, and how the fossilised rock was formed in the river beds. Amazingly her son lives not far from my dad so we soon discover as we are chatting.

This is the site of some of the filming of Harry Potter.  You might remember the school scene in this very courtyard.

We head in and Explorason who is mad keen on Lego gets to help build a Lego cathedral.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Cathedral Lego #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Cathedral Lego #2

Again the staff are just fantastic!  They let him select the piece, and also pose by the cathedral Lego model.

Next he gets to pin where he is from in Australia.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Cathedral Lego #3
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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Bridge
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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham University #1
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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham University #2
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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham riverside

This lady and also the man who worked there that day really did a great job, and Explorason left very happy indeed.
We then wandered around Durham until our legs wearied.  Leanne and John were amazing hosts, and really made us feel special.
This university is just gorgeous. We were too late to tour, but did get to have a sneak peek inside.
We headed back to the car. Football finals were on so the pubs were all full of cheering and happy drinkers.

Explorason and I had a dance on the bridge, and life felt pretty wonderful.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Bridge #2

We then headed to the local English Fish and Chip shop.

I believe these are cooked in beef fat ?

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Exploramum and Explorason – Durham Fish and Chips

All I can say is I have never tasted fish and chips like them – they were amazing, and very filling.About half way through I felt like I was going to burst.

They were amazing.

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Thanks Leanne and John for showing us an amazing day. We had a great time.

 

 

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