Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dream Vacation - Day 20

Today we drove to Lincoln, which is about 45 miles from Doncaster. Today's weather was completely different then yesterday. It was slightly cloudy and cool but there was no fog... so yay!!

Got to Lincoln and parked, Daniel had been here before so he knew exactly where he was taking me. We headed into the city center and then started walking up this hill. It doesn't look that intimidating until you are half way up it and you're exhausted and out of breath. It's so bad that they actually have benches about halfway up the hill for you to rest. But it was totally worth the hike as when you get to the top of the hill there are two must see things. First was the Lincoln Cathedral, it was once the tallest building in the world, from 1300-1549. Yet, in spite of its size, it is filled with intricate detail. In Lincoln Cathedral the architects of the Gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art. We couldn't go in as it was closed and portions of it was being remodeled but it didn't take away any of the majestic beauty.

Next to the Cathedral was the Lincoln Castle, this castle was constructed during the late 11th century by William the Conqueror on the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress. It was a few pounds to enter and more then half of the castle was covered in scaffolding and being remodeled. The area with the view of the city that Daniel wanted to show me was closed. But it was still cool standing in the middle of this very old castle. 

We headed back down the hill and came across a few used books stores. I was on the hunt for some older prints of Lord of the Rings, Hobbit or Harry Potter. Unfortunately I didn't find any. We ate lunch down in the city center before getting back on the road and heading home. 

While we were driving up to Lincoln I saw a sign that said Sherwood Forest, as in Robin Hood. So on the way back we decided to stop by since it was only a short detour. We got to Sherwood Forest about an hour before they closed. Since it was at the tail end of winter things weren't really in bloom but for me it was awesome as I love leave-less trees. So I had a great time taking a ton of pictures of these amazing trees. 

The main attraction of Sherwood Forest is a tree called Major Oak, which, according to local folklore, was Robin Hood's principal hideout. The oak tree is between 800 and 1,000 years old and, since the Victorian era, its massive limbs have been partially supported by an elaborate system of scaffolding. We semi-jogged to get to this tree as it's in the back of the park and time was running out as they were closing soon. But it was worth the jog.. this tree is MASSIVE!!

After Sherwood Forest we headed back to Daniel's house but first we stopped by Toys R Us so I could get his daughters some Frozen dolls as a thank you for letting me stay at their place the past few days. These were their first Frozen dolls and they loved them.. which made me happy.

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