We had had a busy day along that ancient Drewsteignton coach road researching for Jenny, pertinent to Emily Hobhouse’s relatives … our second day was to be ‘sight-seeing’ i.e. visiting the south Devon coastline … just having a look …
My choice of hotel for Paignton was not brilliant – it was ok … and just as Jenny was saying ‘do you know where the hotel is?’ – from my print-out, it was obvious I really didn’t have a clue … no sat nav and no town map.
|Ice-cream with toffee sauce,|
meringue and cream
An adequate supper … my crab salad was good and just what I needed after the Oxenham Arms lunch … Jenny had plaice with boiled potatoes and veg – not scintillating: so no picture. Desserts – Jenny’s favourite … and became a regular choice! I’m not good with them … but was tempted by a treacle tart – that … was too dry … so no photo.
Paignton and Torbay would be interesting to re-visit at some stage … but I wasn’t that enamoured – however I’d like to see the caves that Agatha Christie drew inspiration for her novel “A Man in a Brown Suit” – which I have previous written about here and here.
Geologically it has some fascinating places ... so Sites of Special Scientific Interest to see at some stage ... Saltern Cove consists of three beaches supporting diverse communities of inter-tidal plants and animals ... and is definitely a link I should have put in my 2014 A-Z post on Z is for Tidal Zones ...
|One part of the working harbour|
We were glad to get on our way the next day … south-west along the coast to Brixham – a small fishing town, where a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship Golden Hind is permanently moored … an annual pirate event competes for the town with the most pirates – both are crowd pleasers.
|A replica of the Golden Hind|
The townsfolk watched Sir Francis Drake attacking the Spanish Armada in the English Channel - history records in 1588 … the Golden Hind is a great tourist attraction.
It is not big! But we are invited aboard to see how Drake, 10 officers and some 60 men lived and survived in 1577. The pirate guides were there to conduct visitors around … we stayed on the quayside.
We had a good wander around … just looking and giving the place the once over – at some stage I will go back.
The fishing harbour still functions – but as with all smaller ports struggles with the traffic – I’m not surprised … the size of the lorries took up the road – we had to wait … awful driving for the lorry drivers – and in more crowded times of the year, travelling by four wheels must be a nightmare!
|Tomorrow's Fish ... a sign that made sense!|
An interesting place to have visited and if/when I go back .. I’d like to stay in the town to get more of an idea … a drive through gave us a flavour … but it has fascinating history.
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