We spent a few days in Norwich, in Norfolk. We had never been before, and it’s always nice to visit a new place and get a chance to explore a bit. We have been to London so many times that you see it differently; that’s not to say that it is in any way boring, but with familiarity comes a different perspective on things. We watched Fulham get a point on the road to Norwich City at Carrow Road–we are both big football/soccer fans, which is the primary reason for our annual trip to England–which sounds good in theory, but in practice it left a sour taste in the mouth. Fulham went up within 10 minutes and hung on the rest of the game, before coughing up the equalizer in the 5th minute of stoppage time, with virtually the last kick of the game.
Football aside, I really enjoyed Norwich. It is smaller than London or Birmingham, which can be nice, yet not as small as Wigan (which shall be the subject of a future post). It has a fair amount of things going on and seems slow, without seeming dull. We stayed in a nice B&B and found a few good places to eat. We spent one day in the town center, just wandering around and seeing the sights (and the people). I would definitely go back.
Visually, Norwich was also solid. I enjoyed the markets in the center square, which were full of a mix of people, and always bustling with activity while we were there. This afforded some good opportunities to get out and do some street photography, and while I am no Henri Cartier-Bresson, I enjoy shooting in the streets and am constantly working to get better at it. I will say that this past year has seen a big leap forward in terms of my street photography, and I look forward to continuing that momentum soon in Portugal next month (March 2012). North Dakota is difficult for street photography because of population density, weather, and the culture. There are just not many chances to even find people out walking around, and when there are, it’s only one or two, making the street photography awkward.