No. 13: Rochester

This was not one of the highlights of the year so far.

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I’d love it if there was a great story to back this up, but between the drizzling weather and the MASSIVE crowds (yes, really) this wasn’t the rich cultural trip I was hoping for.

It was nice to have some company from Mary Poppins though…

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Rochester sits beside the Medway, around 30 miles from London and was a favourite haunt of Charles Dickens who owned a house nearby and featured the town in some of his novels – including Great Expectations (you and me both, Charles!).

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I’ve got to point out that the fact this wasn’t my favourite trip had nothing to do with Rochester – the town is beautiful and has a range of lovely little shops and winding medieval alleyways, as well as castle ruins, a cathedral and a couple of museums.

Rochester, on this occasion just so happened to be closed, crowded and inclement which meant we were soggy from the rain, unable to go anywhere (because of the closed-ness) and  for some reason it was like everyone had made the same mistake and ventured here in search of a quaint day trip.

Despite all of this, the local music scene was still thriving…

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It’s actually pretty nice walking around a small town (city, it reckons) with the bagpipes humming away like they’re providing your own personal theme tune.

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I also thoroughly enjoyed this tree – you’ve got be pretty important to have your own fence and stirrups – so hats off to this old fella.

Despite all of the above, I still believe that Rochester would be a lovely place to visit in better circumstances and recommend taking the short 30 minute journey out there from London to have a nosy around (just not on a bank holiday in the rain!)

Anyway, that’s that  – although I also enjoyed this gate:

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