Candes Saint-Martin, my favourite spot in La Touraine.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

The streets of ... Canterbury

Here are some interesting street scenes,
shot in the lovely town of Canterbury, on July 7th ...

Beautiful hanging baskets.
Somehow we can't get the same result here in Belgium.
I wonder why ...
What's the secret?

Tourist boats on the local river.
The houses on the left are the oldest of Canterbury,
and used to belong to the Weavers' guild.

A tourist bus
'squeezing' its way in through one of the town gates.

A multicultural scene, through the ages ...
Locals, tourists ...
and why use the traditonal phone booth when you have a mobile phone?.

This street singer really made my day!
The last time  I was in Canterbury was in 1974 ...
and in 2011 this guy was singing  ...
'Father and Son', by Cat Stevens,
a 1970-ties legend.
If you have a second, please click the above link,
and listen to the words ...
you'll notice that life repeats itself!

Moreover, this street singer brought the song really well, so I dropped a one Pound Sterling coin in his guitar case. Thank you, unknown street singer for offering me just what I needed to complete my trip down memory lane!


Craig said...

It looks lovely Martine. I didn't know the town had canals?
And you're very own Cat Stevens to turn back the clock - it was meant to be!

Anonymous said...

It isn't a canal it's the river Stour. In the second picture can you see the ducking stool in the background? From what I believe, these were instruments of torture for "troublesome" women! Very nice pictures Martine, caught on a very nice day.

Patricia Steele said...

I have never been to Canterbury Martine so I am enjoying your photos and stories.

ladybird said...

Craig, As Veronica says, its the Stour river. But to be honest, I wasn't aware of its existence until I saw it it. :)
As for the singer, yes, you're right, it felt like being shot back in time ...

Veronica, Thank you for the extra information. I hadn't spotted the chair! Yes, the weather wasn't too bad, although we did have some rain driving up to Canterbury and there was very stiff wind blowing that day too.

Patricia, You're welcome. I wish I could have spent more time in Canterbury as there is so much to see and do.