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St Albans,  March 2016

Gazing out across St Albans from its medieval town belfry, the Clock Tower, are a couple of grotesque faces.

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In the early fifteenth century, some time between 1403 and 1412, the people of St Albans built the tower as a symbol of their resistance against the power of the abbot of St Albans.

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The tower has survived the years well, and those willing and able to climb the 93 very narrow spiral steps can share the view across town with the aged faces.

Sadly, though, some grotesques obviously missed their facial appointments and the six hundred years has taken its toll.

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To avoid this kind of facial disaster, be sure to apply your moisturiser tonight!



aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 13 May 2016




17 replies »

    • By the end of the week I was a bit better at the heights. Not much serious climbing, just a bad head for heights!

      And it was a wonderful photo workshop if you’re ever looking for further trips. I’ll be blogging about it soon.


      • Now that was a gibberish response from me!
        I was thinking we were talking about a different shot.

        So a real answer – yes, it’s not a hard climb apart from a) having to give way to lots of people in opposite direction – only way is to retrace steps! and b) the narrowness makes it hard to carry camera bag with spare lenses


      • Great. Always looking for new things. Oh, a second recommendation in Budapest: Cafe Chef. The owner/chef is also the host. Great Hungarian food and wine. I loved it.


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