|The white marks on the fence is the water level from 3 months ago|
|Carved on the Welsh Bridge by the architect|
We then visited St Chad's Church, the Shrewsbury Cathedral, the Shrewsbury Abbey and then St Mary's Church. Needless to say, I am all churched out, though we did see some beautiful things. St Chad's is a circular church and somewhere in the churchyard is a gravestone for Ebenezer Scrooge! This was placed there during filming of A Christmas Carol and was left there for kicks, but unfortunately I couldn't find it. A lovely nun told us that the Shrewsbury Cathedral is the smallest cathedral in the country - and it was a very sweet little cathedral indeed - and it also sits on the old town walls. In both Chester and Shrewsbury, the postal addresses for the houses along the town walls are '11 City Walls' and '6 Town Walls'. It's a really cute quirk of these old walled cities.
|St Chad's Church|
|St Chad's Church|
We had a really nice lunch (leek, mushroom, and goat's cheese lasagne) and then headed to St Mary's Church, which I think was the most beautiful of the four we saw today. It has an incredibly tall spire and contains a stained glass depiction of the Jesse Tree, which traces Christ's family tree all the way back to Jesse of Bethlehem, King David's father. It was pretty awe-inspiring. The guides in the churches and castles are always so helpful and willing to tell you all sorts of wonderful things that may not be explained elsewhere. I have not encountered one unfriendly person here, and it makes the holiday that much more enjoyable.
Afterwards, we split up and Mum and Marnie went shopping and I sat in a cafe with a hot chocolate and read my book, did a code word puzzle, and rested my legs, which are still sore from a million steps. Then we took the Park and Ride back home and are now sitting in bed watching Midsomer Murders and eating Welsh cakes. Bliss! Hay-on-Wye tomorrow, aka INTERNATIONAL BOOK TOWN. Yahoo!