Before leaving Europe, I jumped on a train to visit my good friend Mara who was at the time living in Canterbury, England. This woman will someday win an Oscar for directing or acting, or something spectacular like that. She is patient and full of amazing stories worthy of sun sets with a glass of wine and a bonfire. In her last week studying for her final paper, she took a couple of days to relax and show me this wonderful and historical town. I read "The Canterbury Tales" during my English studies in school. I loved the stories because although they were written by Geoffrey Chaucer, the stories were accounts of what people talked about during their pilgrimage from their small towns to this amazing Canterbury Cathedral. Some stories were religious in nature, and some were very sexy. I recommend the book.
As my Peruvian feet walked through the town, I wondered who had chosen to rest on this building, or by this creek during their pilgrimage.
Aside from it's impressive historical sights, Canterbury had an amazing quality that I truly wanted to cherish and bring back home with me. Canterbury was full of greenery: trees, bushes, canals seemed to embrace the homes, movie theaters, and also the University of Kent. During our brunch at "Tiny Tim's" a bee came into the restaurant and people kept eating because frankly - the bee had every right to be part of the atmosphere. The endearing appreciation of nature was something I truly appreciated from visiting this town.
We took a boat tour on one of the canals and came across a nest within two bricks, a tree that grazed our faces, and various types of birds and bugs. One of my favorite parts was going under the fairy bridge. Apparently, the tree by this bridge releases small white flakes during the tree's mating season and the locals tell the children that fairies are dancing outside. What a beautiful tradition!
We also stumbled upon children dressed up as knights and lords during our visit to the Canterbury Cathedral. We saw a twisted tree that was at least 500 years old - and on and on it went. Nature, magical stories, and of course our visit to the very fun and educational The Canterbury Tales Museum.
Thank you Mara, for showing me that tall grey vertical structures can look warmer and welcoming with a beautiful garden beside it.
Time to think about plants!