Sunday, 10 April 2016

Magna Carta

Is there another document as important as the Magna Carta which can still be read and understood from the original texts? I can't think of one. Admittedly the one I'm holding is a copy (understandably they don't let just anyone handle the original) and I can't actually read Latin, but we did go on and see it. The writing is small, but perfectly clear.





Of course we had a look around Salisbury Cathedral while we were there - and took the fascinating two hour tour up the tower.










It was as high and scary as it looks - but well worth it.


















We went up in five stages. This is the view from the first one. I suspect my expression matched that of these medieval lions, by the top of the fifth.

Then we went outside!



That's Old Sarum you can see in the distance.


















25 comments:

  1. I've been to both Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral. Both fascinating places.

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    1. They are, Alex. Luckily for me, they're just a couple of hours up the road.

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  2. so much to see in this world. I need new hikers.

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    1. That's just what I've been thinking recently, Mac. Gonna have to accept I may not get to go absolutely everywhere worth seeing. (Won't stop me trying though!)

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  3. I love the hidden heights of churches. Ours had a balcony installed a few years ago and one can now stand face to face with a gargoyle.

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    1. That sounds fn, Liz - assuming he's not too scary.

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  4. Great post, Patsy. I'd have an expression like one of those lions too if I had to climb up there. Underwater I can do, heights... not so good.

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    1. I can't do underwater at all, Susan - or in it. I'm OK on it in a boat or ship though. Preferably one with a cocktail bar.

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  5. Great photos - it certainly does look high and scary :-) xx

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    1. It was, Teresa but you're not allowed up if you're scared of heights, so I had to pretend I'm not.

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  6. I'm getting dizzy way up here. Interesting post.

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    1. There were a couple of times I felt a tiny bit dizzy myself, Oscar, but all the steps were reassuringly sturdy and have stood the test of time.

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  7. Sounds like a good visit. 2 hours in a cathedral? Even my husband wouldn't take so long!

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    1. 2 hours in the tower, Rosemary - we had a good look round the cathedral before that.

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  8. Hi Patsy - sounds a good day out of history and views ... we used to stop at Old Sarum and run around on our way from Surrey to Cornwall ... in the 'old' days! I always used that route to skirt Salisbury centre ... til the roads changed. Cheers Hilary

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    1. I used to be 'made' to climd Silbury Hill to tire me out on trips, Hilary. Adults can be jolly crafty!

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  9. We've been to a few cathedrals, but not Salisbury. One for the bucket list.

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  10. I'm glad I can see your photos, Patsy, and not have to actually climb up there myself- they'd need mountain rescue to retrieve me half way!

    Obviously worth the visit.

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    1. I won't say the climb was actually fun, but as you say it was worth it. I've climbed much lower things which scared me more.

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    1. I'm starting to think that maybe I'm a teensy bit brave, Wendy!

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  12. Love the pictures. I'm not good with heights; I'd definitely have the same expression as the lions before passing out :) Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  13. Whenever I feel a bit flat - an hour or two at Salisbury Cathedral lifts my soul. Beautiful place.

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