Another day, another adventure. Last Saturday, I ventured a bit north to Salisbury. Officially a city in 1220, Salisbury has so much history to offer visitors.
Two of my course mates, Shaddy and Bianca, and I set off early Saturday morning for the train station. After a quick stop in Eastleigh to change trains, we headed through the countryside towards Salisbury. With the more-than-average rain we’ve been having, the fields and forests contained lush, green life.
Unfortunately, with rain in the forecast for later that day, we knew we’d be lucky to just stay dry under the cold, gray clouds. As we left the Salisbury train station, we found a few different rivers running through the city. There are actually 5 rivers come together, or, the confluence (word of the day!) of 5 rivers.
Where there’s a river, there’s a path, which is usually prettier than the main streets. So we followed and, just like Winchester, the high waters rushed by us.
With a few twists and turns, we came across the Salisbury Cathedral, the main reason for our visit. Completed in 1258, the Salisbury Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in the UK and also an impressive example of early English architecture.
From a distance, the grandness of the cathedral was overwhelming. Taking a closer look, the amount of detail on the exterior was extraordinary with statues lining the walls.
Walking in, we were blown away by the openness of the cathedral. We explored the tombs of past bishops and other dignitaries as well as ancient devices such as a working clock dating back to 1386. Another impressive item was the organ, stretching around the cathedral.
The longer we were in the cathedral, the more the sun started to break through the clouds outside. To our advantage, we were able to experience the beauty of the stained glass windows from within.
We noticed a sign that said the Queen of England visited Salisbury Cathedral during her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. This was picture worthy, of course, because I didn’t know the next time I’d be at a place where the Queen had recently been!
Walking out of the cathedral was joyous as we were welcomed by blue skies and sunshine. Though there were absolutely zero warmth from that big ball of fire in the sky, I’ll take sunshine over clouds any day! The sunshine gave us a whole different perspective of the cathedral’s exterior, making it even more magnificent than when we first arrived.
From the cathedral, we took a walk around the city. Since it was Saturday, there was a large open market in the main square, which included produce, meats and cheese, freshly made donuts, clothes and shoes and everything else in-between.
After a bite at a delicious Italian restaurant, we noticed the weather was taking a turn for the worst – dark clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped. So, we headed back to the train station to make our way back to Southampton.
In 2010, I visited Salisbury on a tour to Stonehenge. The only site we saw during this tour was the cathedral so it was nice to see a little more of the city. Though small, Salisbury still had a unique charm to it.