Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A day in Nottingham

Our day in Nottingham on Sunday was a pleasure. We started with Nottingham Contemporary, as usual.

On our way to the castle we came across this severe Art Deco building.


One more picture as the proportions are so pleasing.

Some very interesting buildings around the castle. This one is tiny


We tried to have lunch here, but as it was Sunday everything was fully booked

So, we walked past the entrance to the castle


along the old walls

and came here, the Old Trip to Jerusalem


the oldest inn in England, built in 1189.

It was packed - not just inside, but outside too, despite the cold

The place had a lovely atmosphere, lots of small rooms and we sat in this one


the decoration seemed to date from the 50s or 60s and nothing seemed to have changed since then

the inn is famous for its caves which are carved out of the soft sandstone rock against which the building is set
and being there reminded me of our hotel room last time we visited Santorini where some of the rooms were carved inside excavated rock, which you can see here.

Above this bar you can see the cursed galleon, a small wooden model of a ship, cursed because apparently, all the people who have cleaned it have met a mysterious death. Landlords have refused to allow anyone to dust the ship which is now encased in glass

Fortunately they served food, so we sat facing this fellow

with this tapestry to our right.


Feeling refreshed, we retraced our steps, past this statue, of who else? Robin Hood

the entrance to the castle

and inside the castle grounds. It was getting late by then and we did not have enough time to explore inside so decided to leave a tour of the castle for another time.


We admired this round house and then started thinking about going home.

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