by Abby with a closing endnote by Ben
05.05.2013 - 05.05.2013 15 °C
This morning we drove off to Hadrian's Wall, which is a wall that was built to keep the Scottish Barbarians out of England. We had planned to walk alongside the wall for a while, checking out the museum that was along the way. But our plans changed a little when we realized that the forecast for warm sunny weather had been wrong. It was cold, windy and wet when we got in, but we decided to at least walk the 10 minutes to the museum, in hopes that once we were finished there the weather would have passed.
The museum was small, but informative, and it even had a short video presentation as well. We were all hoping to learn a little more about the wall though, but all we were able to discover were facts about the Roman soldiers, and what their life had been like in the fortresses and barracks.
The weather had cleared a little when we finished our stop, so we gave the walk another go, and were even able to walk across the top of the wall for a stretch. But the rain came back again, and we all agreed that maybe the car was a better place for us to go, instead of onwards in to the sheep infested fields. My dad was disappointed, because he had looked forward to this walk for so long, but decided that it was for the better, and none of us would have enjoyed ourselves anyway, maybe not even him.
We chose to fill this extra time with driving to Durham, which is the city close to the inn we are staying in. When we got to the city the weather was much better, and there was sunshine and only a slight breeze. We stopped for a quick bite to eat at a small cafe, and walked around for a half hour. Then my mom and I opted to go see the third Iron Man movie together in the nearby theater, while Hannah and my dad walked around for a couple more hours.
For dinner we ate out at a a place similar to Noodle Box.. but it was loads better. Right now the other three are walking down by the ocean and I'm stuck here writing a blog.. but that's life I guess.
Walking Durham and an Evening Stroll by the Sea
While Muriel and Abby were engaging in bit of Hollywood escapism, Hannah and I walked Durham. The town is home to a prestigious university (3rd oldest and the rival to an "Oxbridge" education) with an excellent rowing team, a stunning cathedral and a spiderweb of cobblestone streets all set along the picturesque Wear River. Hannah and I enjoyed the warm sunshine and walked the river that loops back on itself and takes you through the town and sprawling university. The final university term extends through to the end of June so the banks were teeming with students relaxing along the grassy banks of the river, rowing the river or making there way to the town to do some serious "clubbing." The dress code for the women consists of ultrahigh heels and and ultra high hemlines while all the guys are in shortsleeves and jeans. It appears mid to late afternoon is when it all starts.
While Abby chose to be dropped off at the Three Horseshoes Inn, the rest of us drove several miles further to get to the coast and a enjoy a stroll along the grass covered bluffs next to the ocean. The slanting evening rays of the sun gave the whole landscape a golden glow. Hadrian's wall may have been a wash but our afternoon and evening were warm compensation.