Rochester is a historic Kent city we visited early on during our stay here, and the place where I saw my first castle. It was a drizzly, overcast day and much of the time my camera’s lens was fogged up with condensation but a 10th century castle is not something you easily forget. The castle in fairly good condition considering its history and age (constructed in 1127 with some additions and repairs added on later). The open floor plan of some of the levels are all but imaginary now with floating doorways and clearly marked holes where floor beans once stretched across making great halls. The tower stairways and stone walkway around the edges of the castle still stand allowing you to explore the castle pretty extensively along the outer edges.
From accessible windows of the upper levels you can get a great view of the Rochester Cathedral and high street .
Dickens Fest 2013
If you’re into Charles Dickens’ books, this is the place you would go to see where all those classic stories came from. It’s weird being in this area, visiting these cities and villages, then later hearing about them in stories or books and actually recognizing the names of streets, corners or buildings mentioned. Even most classic stories written in the US took place on the east coast, a place I really know very little about.
Me and Ross’s mom went to Rochester last Friday afternoon just to walk around and check out a couple shops to find ourselves suddenly surrounded by people in Dickensian costume, occasionally acting out scenes and playing the part. It was the first day of the Dickens Festival and a great chance to get some interesting photos. We wandered into a few shops, ate a garden burger at a local pub and ended our afternoon listening to some talented bagpipers. Transporting back in time was definitely a nice way to spend my last Friday in the UK.