“after awhile, cathedrals all look the same,” said my sister as my mother nodded in agreement. i never shared their opinion in the past and i still disagree with them now, despite having seen more than 10 cathedrals over the course of my travels in the united kingdom. each of them have the same basic structure, but the details and the history behind those details made each one different, unique, fascinating.
the most beautiful cathedral i visited during my trip has got to be the lincoln cathedral. it’s one of the largest in britain – 3rd only to st paul’s in london and the york minster – and it just took my breath away. its library was designed by sir christopher wren, an architect famous for rebuilding the churches of london after the fire of 1666, including st paul’s cathedral. it’s now most popularly known for acting as a “double” for westminster abbey in the (awful) movie, the da vinci code.
anyway, enough gushing. here’s lincoln cathedral, through my eyes. =)
statue of lord alfred tennyson, the poet laureate responsible for the words “’tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all”. i studied his poem “the lady of shalott” when i was a kid in hong kong.
i know i didn’t manage to get the more magnificent views of the cathedral, the ones that show how truly massive the place is, but i guess those images can be found all over the internet and on postcards. what i got was the opportunity to walk the cathedral grounds and appreciate the smaller details that make the place what it is. for that, i’m grateful.
i met up with my friend edwina after that. we hung out for awhile before heading to town for a rather late lunch. all the restaurants had closed for the afternoon and there was just one pub open. they had a rather extensive range of condiments:
perhaps one of the best things about my trip to lincoln was the fact that i got to eat wild blackberries by the handful!
it was a really good day!