Chatham and Rochester are the two cities of which I speak, not Paris and London as written by Charles Dickens in his book of the same title!
But there is a link here! These two towns are closely associated with Charles Dickens! He lived in this area both as a child, and in his later years, up until the time of his death.
Chatham and Rochester are really joined…you go straight from one into the other. I walked from Chatham to Rochester the first time, and Chatham’s high street virtually becomes Rochester’s high street! I caught a bus today, as it was raining ( and I had a Medway day pass) and the journey took 6 minutes, with traffic!
The two towns are quite unlike each other, however! Chatham is more industrial, more modern, and until recently, quite run down. It’s regeneration is taking place, I’m pleased to say, with new buildings, refurbished shops, new bus station, and so on.
Rochester is much older, with more historic buildings and has a touch of gentility, more refined, seems a little more ‘moneyed’. (Especially near the Cathedral area)
I have explored both a couple of times, as Chatham is only about 10-15 minutes away, by bus, from my current home. It’s also where I usually catch the train to London.
Today, I went to Rochester with a special purpose in mind. I went to walk “The Dickens’ Trail”
It was a brochure I found in the Rochester Tourist Information Centre, and it was compiled in 2012 as part of the celebrations of The Bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth. It was a wonderful way of wandering around pretty, interesting Rochester, and picking out all the buildings that caught Charles Dickens’ eye, and ended up in his books! Here’s just a few of the places I found.
I’ll let you try and match the names on my brochure with the photos!
Once again, the age of everything is amazing…..the Cathedral from 604 AD, the castle from Norman times, etc! Mind blowing for this little bunny!
Once last photo for today……there were many coffee shops/tea shops/ cafés along the Rochester high street….I was wondering which to choose for my daily coffee….and then I saw it….”the Deaf Cat”…. Perfect! One of my current clients, the 19 year old cat , is just that! So in I went!
PS: another special thing today….when I was exploring the Cathedral, I was accompanied by the wonderful sounds of a hundred voice choir practising some simply heavenly music. Wonderful acoustics ! What a blessing!