July 11, Saturday
Few people that we met in the British Isles know anything of Ludlow, so it seems unlikely that my reader(s) will know of it. It has a population of 11,000—not an industrial giant. There is a Ludlow college, which boasts five tennis courts and lots more. The college is over 800 years old. Take that, Harvard.
We had booked a room months ago in a 400-year-old hotel called “Feathers.” To our surprise, we had the largest, most beautifully appointed room of our entire trip, though all our accommodations were excellent by American standards.
My first guess on seeing this edifice, built before the invention of the plumb line, was that it gets its name from the force necessary to knock it over. However, if you can tolerate uneven floors and tiny elevators, this is a fun place to stay. The man on the front desk, who appears to work 24 hours a day, was willing to shoe-horn our car into the parking lot—space for 12, fits 36.
We had hit a quiet time for this visit. Apparently, graduation ceremonies start on the following week.
Ludlow can suck megapixels from your camera in short order. It is difficult to restrict oneself, but I will attempt to limit these photos to six favorites starting with this inn next to some city portal.
There must be some rich florists living here.
And see, I could not stop at six. I bet there was a time when people who lived on this street worked for people who lived behind stone walls, but the day when a workman could buy something across from this park have long ago ceased.
Finally, this video gives the viewer a glimpse at the attractive town center.
Ludlow is famous for food. There are many terrific restaurants and a food fair in August that attracts swarms.