A visit to Norwich as a professional Judge!
"Where is Norwich?"
As it happens, I am fully aware that the city is located in the County of Norfolk.
I was part of a two man judging panel for one of the finalists for the PFM Awards 2009. It was an interesting trip and visit.
I used the train from London Liverpool Street Station, at the cost of £44 return to travel to Norwich. As the finalist was located a few minutes from Norwich International Airport, I thought about flying there from London Heathrow Airport. However, this would have involved a longer period of travel, getting there would also involve a short stay at Amsterdam Airport before getting back into the UK. Then, more importantly I am sure, the cost would be in the region of £1,100 return. I think I may have made the best and most cost effective travel plans - even if I do like flying.
"Crossing the River Wensum"
Taken from Wikipedia: "The River Wensum is a river in Norfolk, England and a tributary of the River Yare despite being the larger of the two rivers. The complete river is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC)"
It appears that the name of the river comes from the Old English word for "winding".
To reach the old part of the city, you have to cross the Wensum more or less in front of the station, and cross a bridge onto Prince of Wales Road. After the some what pleasant river scene - the bulk of properties located on this street seem to be bars and food outlets; and quite a few estate agents I think. It was quite humid, and the walk was pleasant enough.
Once again, taking a quote from somewhere else -
"Hidden around the cobbled streets in Norwich's city centre. Norwich Lanes offers one of the best selections of unique and independent shops in the UK. Mingling between an extensive colelction of charming restaurants, cafes and bars." Source: Norwich Lanes map and leaflet
I have to admit I found this quite an interesting and charming area - there were in fact many good brand names and independent shopping outlets - in the streets and in the shopping centres.
The population seemed quite youthful, and all relaxed and happy looking. It was a summer's day afterall!