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Win a Luxury Michelin-Starred Break for 2 in Paris (Ends Tonight 04/04)

Win a Luxury Michelin-Starred Break for 2 in Paris (Ends Tonight 04/04)

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ngai
7 months ago
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Normally someone else posts this, so I will post temporarily.

Thanks to andywedge.

Where was I?

“Outrageous!” booms Loudly Loquacious Friend. “Disgraceful!” agrees

Navigationally Challenged Friend (reads maps upside down). We are visiting

a city to view a 60-mile river before it is too late. It was immortalised in a

poem (“Majestic towers emboss’d in sculpture high”), but they now want to

box it in to build a car park. “Culvert it!” bawls LLF. True, parking is tricky

here. But to build a car park over the river… goodness, it’s part of the fabric

of the place.

In search of the river, and with NCF in charge, we soon find ourselves in

quite the wrong (northwest) part of the city. Which is how we stumble

cross the site of an abbey built circa 1133. A 146-mile long-distance path

passes close by. “This way,” commands NCF, leading us east. “Here it is.”

“That’s a canal,” booms LLF. It is, too: 78 miles, completed in 1790.

At this stage, I take over the navigating as we walk south-southeast. Thus,

it isn’t too long before we reach the spot where an archbishop was burnt at

the stake one March 21. We continue southeast to find the cathedral whose

college was founded by a cardinal. There, we check our watches. Exactly as

expected: five minutes and two seconds fast. Still east, until finally we reach

the river, and a bridge dating from 1777. It was designed by an architect

who died nine years later.

NCF and LLF gaze at the waters beneath. “Vandalism in the name of a car

park,” hoots LLF. “It’s a lost cause,” howls NCF. “In which case, you’re in just

the right place at just the right time,” I giggle.

Only one entry per person, using the form below, by Wednesday

1 What is the name of the river?*

A: River Cherwell

2 What is the name of the long-distance path?*

A: Shakespeare's Way

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staceymills13
staceymills137 months ago

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Penny367 months ago

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sjcave
sjcave7 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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kikogpe
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7 months ago

Thanks

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Kazza66
Kazza667 months ago

Thanks & Good luck 😊

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Caggs69
Caggs697 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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kayleigh124
kayleigh1247 months ago

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DavidSwift
DavidSwift7 months ago

Thank You

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pepperdog7 months ago

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RozzerRob
RozzerRob7 months ago

Thanx😊

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blacklabrador7 months ago

Many thanks

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