From Village Life to the Big Smoke Again
Trip Start Mar 31, 2009
27Trip End May 08, 2009
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Where I stayed
Margaret and Peter Walker's
The next day Margaret and I walked the cliff path along the River Trent
I really enjoyed their company and the short view of village life as opposed to the heaving swarms of humanity in the big cities. I see why so many Brits who can afford it choose to live outside the cities and commute for considerable distances to and from work.
I wrote this section in the East Coast express train moving down from Nottingham and back to Kath and Andy's in London. I will have about four days there playing tourist before heading by Eurostar over to Paris and points Spanish. First (moderately) fast train I've been on this trip and it is certainly quiet, smooth and fast. Great view of the as ever rolling green countryside, trees starting to go green and lots of tightly clustered together two storey brick houses every few kilometres. Lots of hedgerows which are left largely untouched so the wildlife can prosper. The Brits do that very well.
I caught the train from Newark rather than Nottingham. Getting into the larger centre is apparently quite a mission and Newark is a great looking market town with the remains of a medieval castle. Apparently it was under siege four times during the English Civil War and after Charles surrendered to Cromwell the victorious general ordered the townsfolk to tear down the castle. What's left is mainly the gatehouse and surrounds. Dramatic sight if a bit like rotten teeth. More later dear readers.