Monday, April 28, 2008
Exploring Pre-Industrial England by Boat
Northeast England is crisscrossed by an intrincate man made canal system for transportation of bulky merchandise like wool, pottery, coal. Like everything in England, the infrastructure is intact, well maintained, and in usable condition. One can rent a boat and explore at walking velocity those pre-industrial villages and workshops by the canals, still standing but left behind and forgotten by the roads and railways of progress. Originally, my plan was to spend a few days on the water, but it was too bucolic (i.e. boring) for my family, who hates the idea of living on a barge and operating rusting centuries old sluice gates. Maybe in the next gilgul (reincarnation).