I couldn’t help but make that post last night on the weather in Paris – it was amazing – everybody was out enjoying it util late. But I have not had time to put in my post about Chichester, the little town close to west Dean. So, here goes.
The town is pretty incredible. I think Santa Barbara has a high ratio of good restaurants per square mile but Chichester has just about as many, probably more per square mile but a lot smaller area – there are many good places to eat. I mentioned yesterday that the town had a wall all around it, today i will add that it is laid out very logically – it has a road that runs right up the middle, north-south and another road that runs through the middle, east-west. The very center of town is completely off limits for cars so it is a little like a huge outdoor shopping mall. The cathedral is near the middle of town but right in the very center is this strange sort of crown looking thing that may have been a sheltered transportation center. I did not ask what it was
but there is a round seat area in the center, looks like a place that people could wait out of the rain. And of course it has clocks on all four sides.
So back to the housing – it would be nice to be in town, but it is a fairly popular tourist town for the Brits. There are several festivals and artsy types of events going on throughout the year – good for some but parking and driving is a nightmare. So, while convenient to be in town from some perspectives, it is very inconvenient from others. I did learn about where the good places are and the bad places.
Driving is hard – it would take a while to get used to it – if you ever did. Narrow roads, being on the left side, signs are not particularly helpful until
you decipher the code, which I finally did just in time to turn in the car. You definitely do not want to own a large vehicle.
Now on to Paris.