Going west – the accidental tourist

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Frankly, I thought it appallingly bad planning. Could the town not have chosen a different day to ceremonially install their new mayor? It isn’t as if we hadn’t advertised our itinerary for the weekend, culminating with a visit to the Cathedral at St Davids and lunch in the refectory. In that order. But no… the Cathedral was otherwise occupied and would be for some time to come. It was still occupied by the time we had finished warming up with pots of tea… and still too busy after I had wandered round the outside of the church with the camera, trying to get a few good shots in spite of the rain that was now beating a steady tattoo on the lens. We were at a loose end.

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“Another twenty minutes or so,” said the gentleman manning the door. Some chose to stay in the warmth of the refectory. Others disappeared, planning to gather again shortly. I wandered off over the little stream to be a tourist. Tourism is not the point of these weekends and although we have a plan of where we will go and what we want to see, we have learned to be flexible in our approach, shunning rigorous timetables in favour of time to savour the sites we visit. Sometimes, though, there is nothing wrong with a little tourism. The Cathedral is not the only thing worth visiting in St Davids and, with little time at our disposal, the Bishop’s Palace is a good place to while away a little time. To be fair, it deserves a lot more than I had to give it, being part of one of the oldest and certainly most important Christian sites in Wales…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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8 Responses to Going west – the accidental tourist

  1. When I was in London — for 3 weeks — Westminster Abbey was closed for renovations. The entire time. Never got to see it. Sometimes, it wasn’t meant to be.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      And these days, unless you go for a service, they charge you huge amounts for entry and forbid cameras…


      • Widdershins says:

        I understand the secular motivation, but the spiritual? … leaves something to be desired.


        • Sue Vincent says:

          I have a soapbox especially for this one… I can definitely understand the need to perhaps discourage the casual sightseer in search of a free five minutes.I understand the cost of conservation. What I don’t understand is why we should have to pay such an exorbitant price..taking a family to encourage a love of art and history, for example, as I was taken years ago, would cost the best part of a hundred pounds… which makes it inaccessible to the lower paid. Which is actually most folk. This is our heritage… culturally, artistically, historically… not to mention spiritually. Ask for donations by all means. Charge for access to unusual places like towers or rarely-opened crypts or cathedral museums… but NOT the historic churches… grrrr….

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  2. Widdershins says:

    ‘It is not the vessel, but the space within that holds the wine.’ … best line ever. 😀


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