I went to Rochester today, partly for the bookshops and partly to have a crack at painting Rochester castle, I didn’t get there until about noon as I had to do some other stuff on the way.
I did manage to find a pub “The Jolly Knight” with a table with a view of the castle and started on a first watercolour draft, this is mostly to get the scale of it to see how to fit it on the paper.
I then did the first two bookshops.
Followed by a walk around the big one Baggins, which is huge and contains the stock of several booksellers under one roof.
Having had a quick look, I went off to Bruno's Bakes and Coffee to insert chocolate cake, this is probably the best coffee and cake place there apart from the problem that it doesn’t have a toilet, so I only go there when convenient.
Rochester is looking fairly ok, not many unoccupied shops and considerable use of Charles Dickens to boost tourism. I didn’t have enough time to do it properly today
The main town centre car park fees, this is the one right next to the High Street are something TDC could learn something from, I don't think there were any vacant shops.