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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
It’s not the most onerous of tasks to be given by your editor – the chance to wander through Norwich on a beautifully sunny day in order to find the most beautiful spots to enjoy a burst of welcome Vitamin D, writes Stacia Briggs.
On a perfect spring day, there can be few better places than Norwich to soak up the sunshine. I headed to Cathedral Close for a picnic on the grass, joining groups of tourists and locals soaking up the sunshine, before heading to Riverside Walk to see the daffodils near Cow Tower in their full golden glory.
Wandering back towards the city centre, I walked along Elm Hill, indulged in a little window shopping and cut through an alleyway to Elm Hill Gardens, next to the River Wensum, a peaceful green oasis where you can grab a moment away from hustle and bustle.
Back in the city, I passed crowds basking on the steps outside the Forum, groups of friends sitting on the grass on Pottergate, busy benches in Castle Gardens and pavement tables packed with people enjoying an al fresco drink. In Chapelfield Gardens, I stopped for an ice cream – we Brits worship the sun in style when it arrives and never miss an opportunity for a picnic or a cheeky 99.
I even did my bit for Norwich’s tourism trade when I spoke to Claire Brown on my travels, who was visiting the city from her native Leeds and was delighted to be gifted with sublime spring weather in which to enjoy the city with her mother and father.
“I am blown away with how beautiful Norwich is and of course it all looks even better in the sunshine,” she said.
“We’ve been to the Cathedral and walked down by the river, we’re going to the Castle Museum and we’re hoping to find a pub where we can enjoy a drink outside so that we can make the most of the weather.”
As an impromptu tour guide, I suggested several pubs.
Sadly, I wasn’t invited to join the drinking party, but deadlines don’t tend to wait for slightly-sodden reporters, even if they do suggest that copy filed from a beer garden would be as good as that filed at the office (if not slightly better).