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May 13, 2018 — Mother's Day in the USA

Today I got to open my Mother's Day presents we brought with us. Then we drove to Exeter to visit the famous Cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.


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Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral

Woke this morning to discover it’s Mother’s Day. I brought Jean’s card along and Ed gave me a cat video that I have to wait to watch . . . torture. Peg sent me an e-card since her gift was not brought because I was trying to keep luggage light. She gave me two amazing flavored vinegars and they might have been difficult to get on the plane anyway. Angie and Charles sent a really lovely photo of the whole family taken at my Mom’s memorial service in 2005. We’ve all gotten older! How did that happen?

The Martyr's Pulpit in the Nave of Exeter Cathedral

The Martyr's Pulpit in the Nave of Exeter Cathedral


After breakfast we took the old road into Exeter hoping for minimal traffic on a Sunday. It worked. We drove directly to the Mary Arches parking lot where a nice young couple got us into the lot and explained the token system. Next, two young women got us out of the lot on foot and helped us find the main street. Once on the street, a friendly gentleman helped us find the Exeter Cathedral where we were in time for the morning service. With organ and choir, it was an amazing experience. After the service, we went to the desk to pay our 7.50£ each to visit the Cathedral and the pleasant young man wouldn’t charge us because we’d attended the service. We thoroughly explored the magnificent church and bought two books in the shop.

Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Exeter

Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Exeter

Astronomical Clock in Exeter Cathedral

Astronomical Clock in Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral - Lady Chapel and side aisle

Exeter Cathedral - Lady Chapel and side aisle

Tomb of Bishop Stafford (1419) in Exeter Cathedral

Tomb of Bishop Stafford (1419) in Exeter Cathedral

Cloisters of Exeter Cathedral (with picnic tables)

Cloisters of Exeter Cathedral (with picnic tables)


We left the Cathedral, checked the cloister (with picnic tables) and walked up toward town looking for lunch. We immediately spotted The Tea on the Green in a beautiful half-timbered building. They offered a Sunday roast so we entered and were seated. Ed got the beef and I got the lamb with a Yorkshire pudding on the side. Both were excellent as was the service. Ed got the Eton Mess for dessert and I got a chocolate trio of mousse, cake and ice cream. Great meal and a truly wonderful wait staff. Tea on the Green, 2 Cathedral Cl., Exeter EX1 1EZ; tel: +44 (0)1392 276913; info@teaonthegreen.com; Click here for Tea on the Green web site

*****

Lunch at The Tea on the Green

Lunch at The Tea on the Green

Umbrellas on high . . . on High Street, Exeter

Umbrellas on high . . . on High Street, Exeter


Our waiter gave us directions to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) and as we walked there, we saw an exhibit of brightly colored umbrellas hanging above High Street so made a detour to photograph them. It reminded us of a similar exhibit we saw in Angers, France in 2016. Fun!

We continued to RAMM, entered and discovered it’s free. We spent the afternoon exploring the various collections including a long section of the Roman Wall that used to completely surround the town and has been preserved. The paintings section was not inspiring but the cultural collection was interesting. They even had a moose which we hadn't seen since we toured Alaska years ago. The moose we saw in Alaska was alive and nearly ran in front of our car. It was as frightened as we were and all of us came out of it in fine shape . . . thankfully.

Entrance Plaque

Entrance Plaque

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter (RAMM)

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter (RAMM)

Roman wall that used to completely surround Exeter

Roman wall that used to completely surround Exeter

Exhibit in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter

Exhibit in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter

Walked back to parking, retrieved the car and drove home meeting the only rude Englishman we’ve seen so far on a one-lane bridge. He made us back up and let him through even though we were much farther across the bridge than he was. We did and fortunately everyone behind us backed up politely.

Otherwise, it was a great day . . . even had sunshine all day.

Posted by Beausoleil 15:41 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged museums uk devon exeter

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Sounds like a super day! Attending a service is a well-known way of getting round the need to pay for entry to some of our cathedrals ;)

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