BUNBUGRAM. MY SUMMER INSTAGRAM #7. Padstow, Exeter and Stonehenge.
Will in the end our heroes be able to finish the summer review in time for Christmas?!? ;-)
That's the question...
Do not fear my friends, we're quite at the end of our journey to Devon and Cornwall and this is my last post before the very last one from London.
After leaving Penzance, our next destination was Padstow, an ancient fishing port on the northern coast of Cornwall, now a famous tourist destination, especially since the chef and restaurateur Rick Stein settled here first his restaurant and then his cafè, fish&chips, fishery, and finally a cookery school. He is very famous in United Kingdom, author of many books about cuisine and a TV presenter on food programmes.
So, as gastro-tourism-addicted as we are, Padstow was a must in our journey.
|Yachting harbour surrounded by the little town|
|Entrance to Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant|
|Lobsters at Stein's fishery|
And indeed the Seafood Restaurant was worth the stop (and the price)! If you love lobsters and seafood in general, you'll love it!
As we read in our TimeOut guide, the best way to enjoy meal at Seafood restaurant is by the seafood bar, right in the middle of the restaurant, and so we did. It was fascinating to see the chefs assembling platters of oysters, lobsters, sashimi! The atmosphere of the place is charming, high food quality and staff very helpful.
|We started with "Fuit the mer", seafood in the French style, all left in the shell and served on ice with mayonnaise and shallot vinegar|
|a view of the seafood bar|
|ah ah! ready to go! (it seems much like a surgery table..)|
|My gorgeous "Lobster Thermidor" !!!|
Contacts:THE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Riverside, Padstow, Cornwall
Next destination, and last night before London, was Exeter, back in Devon.
It is a town you'll love, a very ancient one, since the Romans: it was the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain and its Cathedral was founded in early 12th century.
An historical centre, the one you imagine to find either in a Harry Potter novel, or in a Charles Dickens description. On the lower side of the town there is a little harbour on the Exeter canal, an artificial canal and one of the oldest artificial ones in UK, dated 1566. It was built to transport goods directly to Exeter.
And it's a lovely and peaceful place, especially at sunset. I really love Exeter!!!
|A view of the Cathedral (the fornt side was all packed)|
|Don't you feel like being in a Dicken's novel?|
|Why grass in UK is ssssso green?!? So much better than the Italian one...|
|Lovely views of the canal at sunset.|
|A graffiti down under a pedestrian passage I particularly liked|
|A view of the lounge pub at City Gate Hotel|
We stayed at City Gate Hotel, a quite small Inn with clean and well equipped rooms and a great pub (you can see a view of the lounge here above), with also a lovely garden.
We had a charming night there, and a great Pimm's! :-D
It is at the entrance of Exeter centre, but the town is small, and you can easily walk from there everywhere around.
Iron Bridge, Lower North Street
The morning after we left Exeter (but it would have been great to stay there a day or two more now that I know how lovely it is!) to the final destination: LONDON! My great and beloved London!!!!
But before, we stopped at... STONEHENGE!! It would have been a shame not to do.
What's my feeling about Stonehenge? Well... I must say I imagined a solitary place, in the middle of nowhere, maybe on a cliff, but I understand that such an important historical place must be guarded and protected. It is part of the National Heritage and, as any thing in England, perfectly organized, from the car park, to the refreshments and the shop.
(There is a thing I particularly love of UK: you'll find public toilets everywhere! And they are most of the times clean. There is also a notice on the female entrance which explain at what time the operator will clean the toilets (usually once every 2-3 hours) and if the operator will be a man or a woman, so that you will be prepared if you see a man in there. That's great!)
Anyway, Stonehenge is a bit smaller than what I imagined and a main street pass on one side of the area. Not so in the middle of nowhere as I imagined!
But it's all the same quite fascinating.
|I was wearing: ACNE shorts, KEDS shoes, HM shirt, KONTATTO scarf, PRADA sunglasses, BRIC'S traverller's bag|