February 05, 2007

AWC Trip to St. Albans

We met at the West Hampstead Thameslink Train station and travelled only 22 minutes to the charming town of St. Albans. We were met by a Blue Badge guide for our day tour.
St Albans sits on the site of what was once the 3rd largest Roman City in the United Kingdom, Verulamium. We saw one mosaic floor but we need to return to spend time in the museum. The grounds are now a beautiful park.

People used to come to St Albans when on a pilgrimage. We walked through the Cathedral, viewed the Abbey Gatehouse (1365), and took pictures of the Clocktower as well as the "oldest continuously inhabited pub in the UK" named "Ye Olde Fighting Cocks".

The Wed / Sat St. Albans open air market and typical high street shops were not so special, but I loved the small and expensive boutiques. Also, the station area was questionable but there was frequent bus service between the town and the station. We had a lovely day and I look forward to bringing Kris back to see St. Albans.

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