we’ve stayed in exeter a couple of times on our minibobs & travelled to places from there. this time we went a little further – torquay. it took six hours (with two delayed trains)
after reading the online reviews for the hotel (after booking), we were relieved that we were in the ‘good half’; and we had a view of the gardens in front & a sea view to the left…
after getting some groceries we were walking back along the sea front when we came across a couple of ‘flying men’ – it looked like great fun!
on wednesday, we caught the train to paignton – a short ride up the track; and from there we went on a steam train to kingswear – a 30 minute ride.
okay, so apart from the woo-wooo’s from the whistle you wouldn’t know that you were on a steam train, but it was still very exciting to know that we were on a steam train…
after arriving in kingswear we had to catch a ferry over to dartmouth. in the first store we went in, the human spent all her holibob pocket money on some new clothes (tut tut).
it was a bit misty and a bit rainy so i didn’t take any nice photos…
then it was time for the train back to paignton. we looked in some shops, then got the train back to torquay to find pizza express.
there were a lot of daisies in torquay, both the daisy-chain daisies in the lawns & mexican daisies in the walls. very pretty.
thursday; the ferries over to brixham weren’t running so we caught a bus.
as mentioned in an earlier blog ( i assume. i’m not going to check, and i certainly don’t expect you to either) my human went to brixham most summers when she was little, but she’d never been further than the quay. this time we decided to go along the coastal path towards the battery gardens.
after a very nice (short) walk and a sit down in the ‘garden’ to recharge our batteries, we strolled back to town. here are some photos…
after lunch we popped in to the brixham heritage museum, which was a museum about the heritage of brixham.
then we walked back through town, picking up a tub of ice cream along the way – yummy yummy in my tummy!
we walked as far as the ‘beach’ by the breakwater to rest awhile
then we caught the bus back to torquay & had a couple of hours rest at the hotel.
in the evening we caught a bus to babbacombe model village – here are a few pics
on friday we checked out of the purple palace and spent a final few hours in torquay
we walked by the harbour, up the high street (the human bought some sh-andals with more money she hadn’t got… tut tut) then went into a little cafe to have a hot chocolate & a slice of chocolate sponge cake – very nice, but the two chocolate-y things cancelled each other out a bit.
after lunch, which was a bit of a struggle after the two chocolate-y things, we finally got to (see) the beach;
the idea of coming to torquay was so that we could walk the short distance to the beach from the hotel in the evening…we hadn’t considered the tide (!) so this was the first time we’d actually seen it!
there was a little gully* running along the edge of the beach, so junior took his boat out for a sail…
*a small channel of running water not a baby gull
one last look at torquay before collecting our cases & travelling on to exeter
in the evening we had a ride into exeter city centre…
saturday was the day of the royal wedding.
we went back to the city centre, bought a bit of tat then headed off to ‘rabbit’, a cafe we’d been to last time. we chose a chocolate & hazelnut torte. the top & base were nice, but there was a bit too much middle 6/10
after a bit more shopping, and going to the cathedral to see if there was a big screen for the wedding (there wasn’t), we’d assumed we’d miss it; but after getting to ‘the stable’ we saw they’d got a telly in the corner so sat sitting watching it while having our pizza – hooray!
then it was time to collect our bags & wait for the train home…
so that’s it – another fun-packed minibobs.
i won’t mention the train to birmingham which took a detour to swindon (nowhere near where we’d normally go) which added an extra hour onto our journey – it seemed like forever – we were exhausted when we got in. i think i need a holiday…