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Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports on; Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral is the 3rd Largest Cathedral in Britain!!!

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports the foundations were first laid in 1088!!! It took Bishop Remigius 4 years to build Lincoln Cathedral, unfortunately he then died in the same year two days before it was consecrated.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports almost 50 years later in 1141 the timber roof was destroyed by fire. The cathedral roof was rebuilt and expanded only to be mostly destroyed by one of England’s biggest earthquakes almost 40 years later. Only the lower part of the West side and its two towers remained.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports again, the cathedral embarked on a rebuilding programme and further expansion which was completed around 1235.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports in the early 1300s the central tower was raised to its present height and the western towers to the front of the cathedral were also improved and raised. They originally supported wooden spires on top of the central towers but these were destroyed in the storm in 1549. With its spires, it would have reached 525 ft which would have made it the world’s tallest structure at the time!
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports Lincoln Cathedral is famous for having one of only four copies of the world’s famous Magna Carta. This has now been moved to a more secure location within Lincoln Castle.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports there is also the legend of the ‘Lincoln Imp’ which is perched between two arches, having been turned to stone when sent to Earth by Satan to commit evil mischievous work in the North of England, after which he headed to Lincoln Cathedral where he began to smash tables and chairs. After, an ‘angel’ appeared ordering them to stop the vandalism, one of the imps sat on a stone pillar where he still remains today in stone whilst his accomplice escaped! He can be found sitting at the top of a stone column in the Angel’s Choir.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports a truly remarkable piece of English/Norman architecture and to all Trip Advisors visiting Lincoln this has to be at the top of your list.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports on; Lincoln Tap House & Kitchen, Lincoln

Drinker’s Paradise!!!

Raymond Singleton-McGuire states; specially selected craft beers which come out of the wall and an ‘open-house’ kitchen in the heart of Lincoln’s ‘West End’ next to the Castle wall.  This would normally be the ideal setting to get ‘blottoed’, whilst enjoying a romantic relaxing meal or even just a bite to eat and a beer on the open-top roof-bar, watching the sunset behind the towering towers of Lincoln Cathedral whilst nestled under the fortified walls of Lincoln Castle.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports; whatever your preference, this has to be one of those places with that quirky appeal amongst the many bars in the area.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire states; we stopped off for a few quick drinks on our one night stopover in Lincoln whilst attending the ‘Billy Ocean’ live concert at Lincoln Castle.  The day after the concert was another gorgeous summer’s day and being only 100 yards (maybe 300 yards!) from our hotel, it again served as a watering hole on the open-topped terrace in the mid-day summer heat.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire states; I can highly recommend this place as perhaps one of the better places to frequent in Lincoln.

 

Raymond Singleton-McGuire’s experience in Mexico (Item 5)

GRAN BAHIA PRINCIPE TULUM

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports since arriving back to the UK, the Gran Bahia Principe Group have responded by saying; “as an act of goodwill”, we were adequately compensated for our discomfort, when we were refunded the cost of the wine!  Clearly, magnanimous of the Group considering it is an all-inclusive resort and the wine should have been FOC in the first place!!  (words just fail me!!)

Raymond Singleton-McGuire states; Thomas Cook have apologised and offered compensation over the disastrous organisational issues we experienced at the start, and the substandard service whilst at the resort, it perhaps goes without saying; with the best will in the world we could not recommend this resort to anyone.

 

 

 

Raymond Singleton-McGuire’s experience in Mexico (Item 4)

GRAN BAHIA PRINCIPE TULUM

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports; for an all-inclusive resort, we were shocked when discovering we were being charged for basic house wine with our evening meal.  The same wine which is available FOC all day long (champagne and special wines are chargeable).  Despite pointing this out to Reception/billing, it still appeared on our final bill, together with a bottle of Tequila which appeared in our room ‘mini-bar’.  Quite frankly you couldn’t make the next bit up, if you tried!!!! …………………..

Raymond Singleton-McGuire states the bottle of Tequila was apparently FOC and had been confused with the ‘Tequila Restaurant’ (or so we were told!).  Whilst the wine should not have been charged in the first place, the charges for the wine were eventually refunded, which took 4 hours to sort out on the morning we were leaving!!!  This ridiculous nightmare just gets better, two weeks later!!! …………

Raymond Singleton-McGuire states this should have been a very enjoyable holiday, if it were not for the continual daily torment of having to report and complain about fundamental basics, which this resort clearly has difficulty with.  I believe ‘Butlins’ could have done a better job!

Raymond Singleton-McGuire’s experience in Mexico (Item 3)

GRAN BAHIA PRINCIPE TULUM

Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports; all the staff work hard and aim to please, especially at the restaurants and at the bars, it is just disappointing that the front-line management let the place down.  The grounds of this resort are second-to-none – there are lots of wildlife around which makes it a lovely experience.  The food is impeccable, especially in the a la carte restaurants.