If the title of this piece means nothing to you, the photo below (and the photo at the top) may possibly give you a clue.
Yesterday (Saturday), we visited the Hertfordshire town of St Albans (affectionately known as “Snorbens”) and that is where these photos were taken. The Clock Tower is a fascinating building to visit and it is of historic interest. The gargoyles appear along one of the sides of the Cathedral.
There is a lot to see in St Albans without even leaving the centre of town, such as the curious building that houses the local branch of the Café Rouge. This is especially true on a Saturday when the street market is in session.
Today, we were not looking for the usual and the photos that follow show some of the interesting things we did see.
First, however, as St Albans is, of course, a cathedral city, I suppose you will be expecting a couple of photos of the Cathedral. Let’s get it over and done with, then.
For me, the highlights of the day were our two visits to Verulamium Park. If you wonder at the name, the explanation is that Verulamium is the name given by the Romans to their settlement in what later became St Albans. The name comes from the original Celtic name, Verlamion, but I have no idea where that comes from. The Park is a beautiful green space with grass and trees, with a huge ornamental lake in the centre. It is home to a large population of water fowl and other birds. Some of our encounters, later facilitated by the purchase of a packet of seeds, are shown below.
It was a beautiful sunny day and there were lots of people on the banks, especially parents with their children. There were families among the birds too.
There were some characters among the birds, too. Some liked to boss the others about but the more indivualistic kept to themselves.
We had very many fascinating encounters with water fowl and other birds but I risk boring you with any more avian pictures. Here are some other sights we saw on our explorations.
Oh, all right. Just one more bird picture, because this one seems to symbolize a happy lazy afternoon spent en famille. Moments after this photo was taken, a dog came and chased them all into the water but as soon as he had gone, they climbed back out and resumed snoozing!
St Albans is a fine place to go on a warm and sunny day. There is plenty to see both in the open air and indoors: there are two museums, a free one – my favourite, obviously! – and a spanking new one with an entry fee though, regrettably, this was closed when we visited it. For lunch we went to the Waffle House on the site of the old water mill. We had a Thai vegetable curry.. on a waffle… and a naughty dessert of sliced banana and cinnamon sugar with ice cream. This was not served on a waffle, fortunately.
Will we be going back to St Albans? Oh yes, definitely. For one thing, we want to go up the Clock Tower again, something we did not do this time around but have done before. Knowing my fascination with clocks, you will understand why. The views from the top are splendid too!