Today we went to Salisbury to explore the town and to assess whether it would be a suitable place to spend more time, similar to our stays at Shrewsbury and York. The train from Waterloo was quick and the railway station is quite close to the town. We walked into the centre and had a drink at the Wetherspoons located close to the river.
|Sign above the butcher;s shop|
Saturdays are market days and several streets and a square were taken over with stalls. A girl at the tourist information office gave us a map and talked a little about the local bus services. She also explained how to get to the meadows which have a good view of the cathedral from where Constable painted his picture.
We then walked through the meadows as suggested where unfortunately the sun was in the wrong position for good photography. Salisbury is pretty much the only cathedral where one can get far enough away to see it in its entirety rather than being surrounded by buildings.
Lunch was at the New Inn on New Street and we then explored the town a little more. It seems to have all the things we find important - interesting architecture, good food shops (Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Sainsburys), lots of quaint old pubs. There is an apartment hotel close to the station which might suit us well.
A very interesting visit. The train back started here so it was easy to find a seat. The first part was through pleasant countryside but London sure stretches out a long way.
We went to a movie this evening on the Fulham Road. This was a new area for us and we found a very busy pub called the Drayton Arms which had a good Timothy Taylors Landlord.
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