Sunday, 3 July 2011

Canterbury Adventures

On Thursday Sherin and Susie came down to Canterbury for an afternnon visit. It was really surreal and odd doing the 'tourist' thing in a city I have called home for the last 18 years, but we had a fantastic day! 
We had a picnic lunch in Greyfriars Gardens, a really nice hidden garden by the river. 
Our food came  from my favourite salad bar, Canteen. If you're ever in Canterbury, its right around the corner from the main cathedral gate and the food there is just amazing!
After a bit of shopping we had a wonder around the cathedral. I take photos in there all the time, but I must say it was the first time I'd done outfit photos in there, and one of the strangest places I'd every done outfit photos too!
Sunglasses: Tatler
Necklace: JWLRY
Bracelets: Whistles & Solid Silver Bangle
Bag: Longchamps
Cardigan: Topshop
Maxi Dress: Vinatge
You might notice that Susie had an outfit change since the first photo - she loved the dress she'd got in Armoire so much, so wore it out of the shop!
You'll really have to look at their posts for the more 'tourist' pictures of the cathedral, as to be honest I've spent too much time there to see it as a place to document in such a way, I did that years ago! However, I did take this very pretty picture of the stained glass windows in the Chapter House, one of my favourite parts of the cathedral. (Sherin's Post)
After we went to get fish pedicures. You can read more about the experince over at The Glossy Guide, but I can tell you that Sherin was absolutely terrified, which was so funny, and chickened out after about 4 minutes! 
We had to take her to get a Nutella crepe so she could recover from the shock!
After they'd got the train home I went to sit on the hidden rooftop terrace in La Trapiste, a Belgium restaurant where I had my favourite mussels, this time cooked in thyme and Belgium beer. 
My evening ended at a sunset jazz concert on the lawn in front of the cathedral. The music was amazing and the atmosphere around the cathedral precincts was so lovely I started to get all nostalgic, and even a little bit sad that I'll be leaving the community in exactly a weeks time, and the city in September. 

Has anyone else visited Canterbury before? What did you think of it? 


  1. Looks like you had a super day! I love moules marinieres and is that couscous at the bottom of your salad? So yummy though hard to find here in Manila. I haven't been to Canterbury but your post makes me wish I had!

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

  2. This looks like so much fun! I want one of those nutella crepes, mmm.

  3. That last photo is just beyond gorgeous!

  4. It looks like you had a lot of fun! The cathedral looks beautiful. I think I'd be too afraid to get a fish pedicure too, haha.

  5. I love Canterbury, but have certainly never seen it through the eyes of such a great guide! It looks like you had such an amazing day.


  6. @ Arianne - It's actually falafel you can see, but there is indeed couscous underneath!

  7. Canterbury is so beautiful, and you gave us a perfect day. The cathedral is stunning, and yup: definitely one of the more interesting places that I've done an outfit post.

    The crepe was the best thing ever! I needed it after my trauma!!!

  8. The picture of Sherin and me makes me laugh. It looks like Sherin is saying "um, no, you can't have my sandwich!" Thanks for showing us around, Rachel, it was a great day!

  9. wow! love these photos! the food looks yuuumy <3

  10. Lovely photos! Looks like you had a great day:)!xxx

  11. oh, you ladies are such a stylish bunch! and i'm salivating over those food photos! which is not a good thing as its already very late at night here. haha.

  12. I need to go to Canterbury again! Such gorgeous photos. The food ones have got me rather hungry!

  13. this post is great! it looks like you three had the most wonderful time :) plus all of the food you had looks so darn delicious! i'd love to visit canterbury one day, it seems like such a beautiful place.


  14. I had a lovely visit to Canterbury last year - I went to the Goodshed restaurant, which was amazing, and also to a really old tea shop called Tiny Tims Tea Rooms, which is supposed to be very haunted! Didn't see any ghosts though :P.

  15. @ Lizzy - Aw, I really want to go to The Good Shed, no one can believe that I've never been!

  16. The foods looks absolutely delicious. Your friend in the polka dots is gorgeous!

  17. This looks like so much fun! I love blogger meet ups :)

    Maria xxx

  18. Aw your post has really made me nostalgic! Just finished uni in Canterbury, I've only been away from it for a few weeks and I miss it so much already! It's such a beautiful city! xx