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large_59d44d70-eb1f-11e9-a7e1-590cd318c989.jpgRandom shot of the town from the public park. An example of why I love England so much - no one does natural gardens like them!2005 was when I first heard about St. Albans. It was mentioned to me on Tripadvisor when I was looking for a day trip near London [London-travel-guide-364480]. I did eventually visit with a few friends in 2008 but it was touch and go - we ended up having waffles at an outdoor cafe and that was that. So you can imagine my delight whne I finally told myself - time to go!

Fortunately, getting to St.Albans is so darn easy from London you'd think that it was just another tube stop. I caught what was one of several trains from Waterloo and was in the city proper within 30 minutes. It was a fairly comfy train ride. The weather was amazing - spots of rain in and out but ok for the most part.

It's a somewhat long (but straight) walk from the railway station, it was drizzling on and off but it was just nice being back.large_5975b2b0-eb1f-11e9-a36a-39387592786d.jpgSt. Albans Cathedral (read review for more photos)I must admit though that I was feeling quite tired given all the travel, and so many versions of jetlag to get over! My first stop was, but of course, the famed Cathedral (see review).

From here, I walked through the narrow cobblestone roads of the honeycomb houses to the Verulamiam Museum. This museum, and pretty much the town is built on what is supposedly the largest Roman settlement in the UK. It traces their lives, what a typical household and workplace looked like, etc. It even has some fancy replicas of tiles and other such. It was quite nice, although I must say it's a lot smaller than I thought it would be.

For the return, I opted to walk through the really amazing park that separates this part of town and the Cathedral. it's so big, and so well maintained. There's a lake in the middle of the park. I returned to the Cathedral, then proceeded to walk through the old town. There wasn't much happening here. And then walked back to the train station to catch one of the several trains headed back to London.

I had to meet my mate's BIL (who works near the Cannon St. tube stop). So that was good catching up with him. Returned to Gloucester Road, poppped into a Pret for their mexican wrap, and then headed to the hostel for some well dserved shuteye. I was tired!

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Posted by vikramonthemove 17:00 Archived in England

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