Coventry, England

321Some days start off badly but end well. We set off for Rockingham Castle and the Taylor Bell Foundry only to discover both were closed on a Monday. We spent most of the morning driving around the English countryside which was pretty but not what we had in mind for that day.

324Then we stopped in Loughborough, had a pleasant walk around a town we had never heard of and an excellent lunch in The Three Nuns – motto: Get Into The Habit. Our lunch was a BLT. But the bread was a fine fresh crusty baguette. The bacon, was English bacon, otherwise known as ham. The tomato was good, and it was complemented by toasted cheddar cheese. The day just got better.

336We then set off for Coventry to see the Cathedral — or more accurately the ruins of the cathedral. In 1940, the Allies knew the Nazis were planning to bomb Coventry because they had cracked the German codes. They were faced with the terrible choice: allow the bombing to go ahead or let the Germans know the code had been cracked possibly changing the outcome of the war. They let the bombing proceed.

tapestry detail

tapestry detail

Nearby St. Mary’s Guildhall was built between 1340 and 1460 and restored in 1824. The large tapestry at the end of the main hall has hung on the same wall for five hundred years.

342Like many European towns, Coventry has set aside a number of streets for pedestrians only. We enjoyed just walking up and down the streets. We stopped in a cafe that advertised Viennese pastry. It wasn’t as good as Vienna, but we did enjoy the tea and pastry that they had.

350According to legend, Lady Godiva rode nude through the streets of Coventry to force her husband, the ruler, to rescind an unfair tax. In appreciation, the 341people agreed not to look at her (or were forbidden). There is a statue of the lady in one square and one of “Peeping Tom,” who cheated, on another street. I imagine today someone would be putting a video on You Tube.349


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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