Yesterday we were visiting two customers outside of London. My colleagues and I decided to take a slightly different route on our way Birmingham so that we could visit Stonehenge this morning. This necessitated our stay in Salisbury last night, as it is the closest town with a hotel room available. Before we left Salisbury, we took a quick tour of the Salisbury Cathedral. A little thought kept nagging me as I walked through this overwhelmly impressive medieval cathedral. I knew I've heard of this place before...but where?...then I thought, could this be the inspiration for the fictional cathedral in Kingsbridge? When we arrived in our hotel tonight, a quick visit to Ken Follett's website confirmed it. Salisbury Cathedral was one of the two cathedrals that Follett had in mind when he wrote Pillars of the Earth, one of my favorite crack books. It's an amazing story set in medieval England, chronicling the building of a cathedral and the lives of the people who built it. It is a sweeping epic tale.
I felt like I was walking in the pages of a book today. I could imagine the characters I loved so much carving the statues and designing the buttresses. So cool.