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Canterbury Cathedral and Handel's Messiah
Submitted by bugsly on Saturday, April 1, 2006 - 09:02 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | Physical and Health Education | Tea | United Kingdom | Walk

Breaking news! Today our hotel burned down!
April Fool’s!!!

This morning after a very good breakfast I went with my dad and Michael to see the University of Kent at Canterbury. It’s high on a hill above Canterbury and has amazing views of the city and Canterbury Cathedral. We saw the room where he first interviewed for the university and the duck pond next to his dormitory.

After seeing the entire campus, we went back into Canterbury to meet mom and split up to have lunch. Dad and I went on to have a great meal at a Moorish tapas bar. We then met up with mom and Michael again and went to see the Canterbury Cathedral.

Much to our surprise and delight, inside we got to hear the Canterbury Choral Society practicing for a concert that evening where they were to perform Handel’s Messiah. It was glorious to hear their voices in such a beautiful ancient acoustical space. We explored the Cathedral and saw the place where Thomas Beckett was murdered. We saw the steps that were so worn down from those who made a pilgrimage to Canterbury to workship at the Shrine of Thomas Beckett.

The Crypt below the Cathedral was dimly lit and when we went up and around to the top again, we saw the Tomb of the Black Prince and the ever buring candle for Thomas Beckett. Just as we were finishing our tour, we heard the Choral Society rehearse the final part of the The Messiah, the Alleluia Chorus.

It was so loud and wonderful and it was a real gift to be able to hear it there. Eventually we moved out of the Cathedral and our search for a traditional cream tea ended up in a mediocre coffee shop.

We headed back to our hotel and packed up for next journey on Sunday. We had a good dinner and went to bed.


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