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:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

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

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

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

liz young said...

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.

Susan A Eames said...

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.

Teresa Ashby said...

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

oscar case said...

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

Rosemary Johnson said...

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

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

Maggie May said...

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

Carolb said...

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.

Wendy's Writing said...

No way would you have got me up there!

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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!)

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Definitely worth a look, Maggie.

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

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

Teresa Ashby said...

You're very brave, Patsy!

Nicola said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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