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UK Trip Day 3
Today's Travels (in red)

Woke at 5.30am and couldn't get back to sleep. Jet-lag is starting to wear off but is still affecting me. At 6.30 I wandered outside; the day was clear and cold, but still. I took photos of the sunrise.

After a breakfast of bacon & eggs, Aaron and I headed off to Ely Cathedral. We* took a few wrong turns, but that doesn't matter. There are many roads and the GPS always got us heading in the right direction.

We reached Ely at 10am, found a long-term car park and walked to the Cathedral - which is pretty hard to miss. It towers over the town.

Ely cathedral is huge. We spent a good 2 hours in there, and that was a quick visit. They have tours and a stained glass museum, neither of which we saw.

Then we headed over to Framlingham Castle. I found a car park and we hit the Castle Inn of lunch. I had a cod-and-chips washed down with a Adnams Southwold Bitter and an Adnams Ghost Ship Pale Ale.

Yummy Beers.

This was Aaron's first castle (not counting The Tower, which he saw on our last trip). It's a massive wall structure with only one Tudor building left inside. We spnt hours wandering around, and then headed back to Offord Darcy.

Somewhere around the Cambridge By-pass it started to sleet. The temperature dropped from 13C to 6C in a few minutes. The bike riders did not look happy.

*By "we" I mean "me." Sometimes the strings of roundabouts confuse me, and the sun is in the wrong part of the sky so I can't rely on internal navigation. I am turned around 180degrees.
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Welcome to Britain. It's spring! Hence all the sleet and stuff. (It was much warmer and sunnier back when it was winter...)

I've never been to Ely - from here by train, it's pretty expensive and takes bloody ages. Should've gone when I lived in Cambridge...

It hadn't even occurred to me to think about sun position in the sky and getting lost. It should have. Should I ever find myself in the Southern Hemisphere, and you see me wandering around, lost, exhausted and completely confused - do please remind me that I'm on the other side of the planet and my rule of "You're way up North, so the sun is always in the South" will not work!

(Yes, I get completely turned around on overcast days as well.)

Going to try connecting with Arcaton whilst in his neighborhood?

Probably not on this trip. There will be four of us travelling on the long tours, and we'll not be heading to t'North. We may not get further north than Wales.

Next trip I'll be on my own and I can visit people.

Well, Ralph is in London, but I get the scheduling challenges. Enjoy the journey! -C

I've followed your blog for ages (ever since Ursula V mentioned the echidna milk!) but just now want to comment. I love the idea of using the maps to show where you've gone. I'm totally going to steal the idea when I head overseas (for the first time ever) in June to Denmark!

Happy Travels and Good Beer!

Google Maps is very handy. Just set up an account and map away!

I found a recipe for bat custard just bfore I left. I'll have to post it when I get home. Ursula can add that to her labels list. 8)

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