Lincoln, England

Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
Trip End May 01, 2007

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Sunday, October 1, 2006

Lincoln - good old Lincoln!

We have many nice memories of Lincoln
1) The good friends we made from all over the world
2) The wild parties with our good friends
3) The beautiful Lincoln old town with its quintessential English flair
4) University of Lincoln - Library our second home ;-)
5) Our favorite tea shop on Lincoln Steep Hill with the best carrot cake in town
6) The Gym and going running on the Common
7) The fantastic skies of Lincolnshire with sunset we had never seen before
8) Lidl - a bit of home taste in England
9) Chips, Beans and Cheese with Mayo and Brown Sauce or Kebap with chips - the best thing you could eat at 3 in the morning after a night out in Lincoln
10) The Jazz Bar with its live music
11) Odeon - best movies seen there
12) BBQ Parties and Warm Up Parties with our friends
13) A nice meal on the Barge - Boat on the Lincoln Canal
14) Boat trips or walks along the canal
15) Shopping in Lincoln - especially with 2 Primarks (very important for Sabine ;-))
16) Meeting up for coffee or tea on Lincolns Brayford Waterfront
17) the most fascinating landmark in Lincoln: Lincoln Cathedral where they filmed Hollywood Buster "The Da Vinci Code"
18) Lincolns Christmas Market (apparently the largest in Europe - ok guys, you forgot about Germany, so maybe UK only ;-)
19) costume parties

Many people might have heard about Nottingham, Sherwood Forest etc. but not many people outside the UK have ever heard about Lincoln. It's hard to understand because Lincoln is soooo much nicer then Nottingham. Its old town is situated on a hill with a stunning Cathedral you can see from miles away. The way up to the old quarter is called "Steep hill" and is lined with picturesque , quaint little shops selling candy out of glass jars or tea and coffee shops.

Lincoln has about 100,000 inhabitants and 10% of this are students. If you go out on a weekday or weekend you will feel the city is completely in the hand of students. to say "its ruled" by students would sound to harsh, but its true that students brought a lot more life to the once sleepy town. The town center is clustered with bars and clubs...its unbelievable what kind of nightlife this small city has. Its on a Saturday night, when the local youth mixes with students as if you go out on Ballermann in Mallorca. Of course drinking plays a big role in Lincoln as it does in many cities in England, sometimes the atmosphere can be aggressive but we mostly stayed in a huge group trying not to get to involved and we had some of the best times ever. "Our group" sometimes was from 10 to 40 people so we never had to worry...

We have included a lot of party pics on this blog to get a taste of our "wild parties". A lot of them were theme parties - Beach Party, bunny and pimps ...etc. We tell you we had so much FUN FUN FUN- If we did not go out into town we had house parties, sometimes counting more than 80 people - UPS, it was squeezy, it was hot and it was fun! Before going into town we normally met up at a different friend's house every time to have a "warm up" - you know the old stuff, chatting, having a few beers and organizing the walk or cab ride into the center.

But enough about parties, let us tell you a little more about this beautiful city called Lincoln. The most fascinating landmark is the Lincoln Cathedral. If you havent seen it with your own eyes its size alone is hard to comprehend - and pics often don't bring it across the way it really is.

Up on the hill Lincoln Cathedral (in full The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, or sometimes St. Mary's Cathedral) is a historic cathedral in Lincoln. It was the tallest building in the world for over 200 years (1300-1549), but the central spire collapsed in the sixteenth century and was not rebuilt.

The cathedral was used for the filming of The Da Vinci Code. Filming took place mainly within the cloisters and chapter house of the cathedral, and remained a closed set. The Cathedral took on the role of Westminster Abbey, as the Abbey had refused to permit filming. Although there was protest at the filming, the filming was completed by the end of August 2005. In order to make the Lincoln chapter house appear similar to the Westminster Chapter House, murals were painted on a special layer over the existing wall, and elsewhere polystyrene replicas of Isaac Newton's tomb and other Abbey monuments were set up. For a time these murals and replicas remained in the Chapter House, as part of a Da Vinci Code exhibit for visitors, but in January 2008 they were all sold off in an auction to raise money for the Cathedral. So we were lucky because when Caro and Juergen came to Sabines 28th Birthday to visit us in Lincoln, we could visit the exhibition in the Cathedral. At that day they also had no entrance fee because it was a Sunday.
We also heard they are now selling stones of the Cathedral to raise money. It is the same principle as "buying stars", you get a paper with the name and location of the stone but you are never actually allowed to take it away - of course not otherwise the building would collapse. Anyway its all for a good reason and if you stand in front of this massive building you will understand WHY it needs sooo much money to retain itself.

Lincoln - We miss you! hopefully we can organise a reunited-Lincoln session with all our friends in a few years time.

It was one of our best times in our lives which we will keep in our hearts forever!

thanks for everyone who made this time so special for us!
Ben and Sabine

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