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Norwich is my mother's hometown and perhaps she has inherited her beauty from it!
Now on a visit to this beautiful place with her, I cannot but write a prose 'ode' to this wonderful town. So, here it goes....

Norwich is about 118 miles North-east of London and it takes about 2 hours by train or 3 hours by motorway to reach there. Norwich is one of England's most beautiful cities, it is a rich tapestry of modern style mixed with plenty of echoes of the past, all preserved for future generations to come. It is situated on the river Wensum which has made it more beautiful. Its population is about 2,50,000 and the people are very friendly.
Norwich was voted as the greenest city in England in 2006. The city has an enviable blend as an alluring cathedral city and a bustling metropolis.
               (Norwich union Clock)                                                                    
The city is typified by a humid climate with warm, wet summers and cool, moist winters. Cool winds are a dominant factor which helps moderate the temperatures. Abundant rainfall is received in the city.
Dating back to the Saxon times,today it is one of the major retail centres in England with agriculture, manufacturing and transport being the main industries.
                   ( the beautiful river Wensum,)                                                 

                      ( the Bishop Bridge on the river Wensum)                                  

                         (  Daffodils on the banks of the Bishop Bridge)                            

                                                                              ( riverside apartments, Norwich)

                                                                      (City Hall, Norwich)

                                                                        ( the cobbled Elm Hill, Norwich)


It has culture and sophistication coupled with an old world charm defined by the colourful buildings of cobbled Elm Hill where shadows are cast by quaint Victorian hanging lamps.Exceptional countryside surrounds the city, the Norfolk Broads National Park lies at its edge and the River Wensum, part of the Norfolk Broads, flows through the city, opening up pleasant river-scapes with wildlife, pleasure boats and pretty flower-decked riverside pubs.

                                                                                      (Norwich Cathedral)

Overseeing all that goes on in this fine city is one of the countries most stunning cathedral buildings which was begun between 1094-96, this is a major historical treasure chest with much to amaze and delight visitors.

                                                               (Norwich Castle)

Norwich Castle standing proudly above the town is of equal merit, this dates back to Norman times and has dungeons and death masks belonging to executed prisoners. Grandeur is all around, streets have clutches of medieval buildings, some typical of the Norfolk region with lovely over-hanging bays. There is much Victorian architecture to be seen, and the beautiful Town Hall is a triumph of Art Deco design.

In stark contrast to all of this is the cities modern facilities, Castle Mall for shopping, and there is not much in any town to beat the modernity of Norwich's 21st century landmark - The Forum. The youthful atmosphere of the city is perhaps largely due to its thriving University which attracts students from many parts of the world.

                                                               (Chapelfield Garden ,)

                                                               (Cow Tower)

                                                              (The Forum )
                                                             (Norwich art Centre)
                                                             (Pull's Ferry, Norwich)

Norwich has everything to entice the visitor, a colourful street market adds to the pleasure of shopping, an abundance of cafe's, restaurants, gardens to rest in, galleries to tour, nightclubs for entertainment, along with cinema and theatre. It is also believed to have more medieval churches than any other place.

Whatever your taste there will always be something in Norwich to please. It is an ideal destination to experience a fascinating weekend of culture, or a magical place to visit whilst boating on the Norfolk Broads.
Happy thoughts!

-Portia Burton