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Canterbury is one of the most beautiful cities in England.

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My most favourite boot fair takes place in Canterbury so I visit regularly.  From a vintage perspective the boot fair is the place to go.  Some Sunday mornings in the summer it feels just like a vintage fair – there’s a real vibe and great purchases to be had for great prices (ssshhhh, don’t tell anyone I told you, this is my secret!)

What else does Canterbury bring us though?

Breakfast for one thing… at vintage prices 🙂

20140427-220518.jpg 20140427-220538.jpgLa Trappiste in Sun Street is without question our favourite breakfast destination in the whole wide world!  We go here on Sunday mornings after the boot fair.  We have a bell ringer.  Including tea of coffee it costs £5.  Delicious.  Bargain.  Great Service.  Put this place on a bucket list, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

What else is Vintage – The Cathedral maybe… at 1400 years old I guess we have to opt for antique…

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If you get chance to visit The Canterbury Tales exhibition you will realise just how evocative the streets of Canterbury remain of the whole history of this pilgrims destination.

http://www.canterburytales.org.uk

I should also highly recommend a ghost tour in Canterbury, http://www.canterburyghosttour.com which really made us look at the buildings completely differently.  Suddenly I felt like I was looking at the city through a pilgrims eyes.

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The history in these buildings is breath-taking.  And sometimes we just need to look up….

The city used to be surrounded, like most old cities, by a wall.

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Gates allowed access to the confines of the city.

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All the place names remain.

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Canterbury is an amazing city to mooch around and try to picture how it must have looked.  There are various plaques throughout giving potted histories.  This really helps…

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So…what about the vintage shopping scene? For such a great city it is not great. I’ve mentioned the boot fair. Whilst we were in Canterbury there was a pop up vintage fair which we had seen advertised the night before on Facebook.

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Great clothing shop on the main street

Great clothing shop on the main street

Pilgrims Hospice Vintage Charity Shop - good cause but really expensive

Pilgrims Hospice Vintage Charity Shop – good cause but really expensive

Furniture Vintage Shop

Furniture Vintage Shop

Antiques Shop - never seen it open and the sign on the door indicated it wouldn't be open until a Saturday some months in the future

Antiques Shop – never seen it open and the sign on the door indicated it wouldn’t be open until a Saturday some months in the future

Very exclusive book shop, interesting windows but not particularly inviting

Very exclusive book shop, interesting windows but not particularly inviting

Great 2nd hand book shop with lots of choice through many genres

Great 2nd hand book shop with lots of choice through many genres

Love the window of this sewing shop, very vintage

Love the window of this sewing shop, very vintage

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We absolutely adore Canterbury. We love breakfasting there, lunching there and dining there. There is so much choice. The Marlowe Theatre, recently refurbished, is a good venue for shows throughout the year. We recently saw Evita there starring Marti Pellow. Canterbury is a safe night out and there is always a great atmosphere.

But is it vintage? Frankly there’s so much to do there beside vintage that the lack of vintage just doesn’t detract from a great, historic, fascinating and beautiful city.

Until next week then, remember Love Vintage – Live Vintage – Wish Vintage