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Brighton Beach famous English resort

May 6, 2017 by David Herd | 0 comments

The Eye Brighton beach

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach famous English resort, what a pleasant surprise. If you can overlook the pebbles on the beach instead of sand there are so many great pubs and restaurants to choose from. The photo above was taken from my hotel, the New Madeira, only 40 Quid per night.

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Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton is a great city with lots of things to do and see.

The opposite view

Brighton Beach famous English resort Two major attractions, the Eye & the Pier. 

La Chateaux Du Vin

brighton beach La Chateau du Vin

Above is AgnesPaulo and Nikki at my favourite restaurant, La Chateaux Du Vin, open for lunch as well as dinner, if you go there please pass on my regards.  😀

Delicious smoked salmon

Brighton Beach famous English resort 

Above is Smoked salon on Matzo which  is an unleavened bread traditionally eaten by Jews during the week-long Passover holiday.

Delicious seafood pasta at La Chateaux

Brighton Beach famous English resort The restaurant quickly became my favourite place to eat in Brighton.

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More delicious meals at La Chateaux.

David Herd on the Brighton Eye.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

You get a great view of the city and Brighton beach, the ride is well worth the few Quid.

Girls night out in Brighton.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

These Brighton babes are ready for a big night out.

Great view from the eye.

Brighton Beach famous English resort Only an hour by train to London, if you like lots of pubs & restaurants then put it on your list.  

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Brighton Beach famous English resort 

An awesome from the eye.

Brighton Beach restaurant

Brighton Beach famous English resort

Lots of places to dine along the foreshore.

No bikinis here

Brighton Beach famous English resort Laying fully clothed on pebles is not my idea of a day at the beach.

The Fishbowl

Brighton Beach famous English resort Another quaint little English pub where to can eat fish & chips with a cold beer.

Cafe Rouge

Cafe Rouge BrightonThis chain of restaurants have lots of branches in London as well, good low cost French food.

The Victory Inn

Brighton Beach famous English resort

So Brighton Beach has many great little pubs in this wonderful seaside city. 

The Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion Brighton

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence. It was built in three stages, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811.

 Great Ham & salad sandwich at the Bath Arms hotel.

brighton beach Bath Arms

The leg ham was perfect.

I had some great food in this terrific town.

Brighton Beach famous English resort

A great seafood lunch beside the beach.

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On Brighton Pier.

Brighton Beach famous English resort 

Brighton Beach is a lot fun with lots of great pubs & restaurants.

Holiday Inn Brighton

Brighton Beach famous English resort Great location overlooking the beach, just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

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The New Madeira hotel is in a great location across the road from the Brighton Pier, only 40 Quid per night for a single room, the walls are a little thin so the rooms can be a little noisy, but the price is right as is the location. If you want something more upmarket choose the Holiday Inn.

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Stafford West Midlands village

April 22, 2014 by David Herd

Stafford West Midlands village

Stafford West Midlands village

  Stafford West Midlands village was a pleasant train ride from London, but why go to Stafford you may well ask? Well apart from being a nice West Midlands village there is a prison there where a good friend of mine was residing as a guest of Her Majesty.

Stafford was founded in about 700 AD by a Mercian prince called Bertelin who, according to legend, established a hermitage on the peninsular named Betheney or Bethnei.

 

A type of bull terrier called the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred for hunting purposes in this county. They are known affectionately as “staffs”, “staffies”, and “nanny-dogs”. Staffies should not be confused with the considerably larger American Staffordshire TerrierAmerican Pit Bull Terrier, and (English) Bull Terrier.

Town center

Stafford West Midlands villageThe town center has a relaxed feel about it, like many other English towns cars are banned from the centre so you can stroll casually and take in the scenery.

 St Chad’s Church

Stafford The oldest building now in Stafford is St Chad’s Church, dating back into the twelfth century.

Ancient High House

Stafford West Midlands village

Behind the street buskers is The Elizabethan Ancient High House in the town centre is the largest timber-framed town house in England.

The Bear Grill

Stafford West Midlands village   The Bear Grill. famous for burgers.

Ian’s Kitchen

Stafford West Midlands village Well the day I was there Ian didn’t seem to be doing much business even though he sits in a prime position in the town centre.

Farewell Stafford

Stafford West Midlands village After a few pleasant hours in this nice town where I saw my friend in the local prison, I boarded the train and headed back to London. The following day I was on a flight to South Africa. Finally I must relate a nice story surrounding my visit to Stafford prison. My friend had recently been moved from Uttoxeter so I could not arrange a regular visit, instead a visit was organized through the prison chaplain Jeff Bird. As it turns out Jeff was a New Zealander and a very nice man. He gave me a tour of the prison and pointed out some of the interesting prison history, I would like to thank him for his kindness.

The infamous Australian Rolf Harris now resides in Stafford prison, read about it here.

My friend Alan

Stafford West Midlands village Here is the friend I visit with his Brazilian wife in Rio de Janeiro in 2006. He expects to serve 13 years behind bars.

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Travelling South West England

July 23, 2013 by David Herd

Shaftesbury in Dorset

Travelling South West England

Gold Hill Shaftesbury

Travelling South West England, I have taken thousands of photos there and this one is my favorite. It is Gold Hill, Shaftesbury which is in Dorset. There is a nice tea room at the top of the hill where you can enjoy scones with jam & cream while enjoying the view. I will try to give you some useful travel tips towards the end of this post.

Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Travelling South West England 

Lyme Regis in Dorset is a special place, the coastline in either direction is magnificent. The cliffs over the  boarder are grey and crumbling, those eastwards, towards Charmouth are also unstable – especially after heavy rain, and those at Black Ven are capped with a layer of Gold. The town is noted for the fossils found in the cliffs and beaches, which are part of the Heritage Coast—known commercially as the Jurassic Coast—a World Heritage Site. For information please click here.

Lyme Regis South west England

Travelling South West England

A beautiful part of the English coastline.

Weymouth Travelling South West England

Weymouth on the south coast

Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset,  situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast. The town is 13 kilometres (8 mi) south of Dorchester and 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of the Isle of Portland. The town’s population is 52,323 (2011). The town is the largest settlement in Dorset following the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole   The history of the borough stretches back to the 12th century; including involvement in the spread of the Black Death, the settlement of the Americas, the development of Georgian architecture, and preparations for World War II. Fishing and trading employ fewer people in the area since their peak in earlier centuries, but tourism has continuously increased its presence in the town since the 18th century and is now the primary industry. Weymouth is a tourist resort, and its economy depends on its harbor and visitor attractions; the town is a gateway situated halfway along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms. Weymouth Harbour is home to cross-channel ferries, pleasure boats and private yachts, and nearby Portland Harbour is home to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, where the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were held.

Dorchester South west England

Travelling South West England

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset. A historic market town, Dorchester lies on the banks of the River Frome, in the Frome Valley, just south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway, that separates the area from Weymouth, 8 miles (13 km) south. Dorchester is noted as being home and inspiration to the author Thomas Hardy, whose novel The Mayor of Casterbridge was based on the town. In the 2001 Census the official population of Dorchester was 16,171, although by 2010 this was estimated to have risen to 18,280.

St Ives in Cornwall

Travelling South West England

St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. Wikipedia

St Ives

Travelling South West England

Lots of narrow winding lanes some too narrow for vehicles.


Lands End, Cornwall.

Lands End hotel Cornwall

Here we are at Lands End in Cornwall, England’s most westerly point. Wind levels in winter reach around 20-25 knots, which is windier than most of England. The highest temperature recorded is 28.9 °C, and the lowest temperature recorded is -3.4 °C.

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Most westerly point in England.

Travelling South West England

Such a wild rugged coastline.

The famous Roman Baths in Bath.

Travelling South West England

I’m sure these baths have not changed in centuries.

Beautiful city of Bath

Travelling South West England

This is certainly one of my favourite English cities Travelling South West England.


So many pubs & so little time.

Travelling South West England

English pubs have got to be the best in the world, then again I have never been to Ireland. 🙂

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Bradford on Avon

Travelling South West England

We have traveled north now to Bradford on Avon in west Wiltshire, one of my favourite English villages with some excellent pubs & restaurants.

My niece Laura love the scones at The Bridge Tea rooms.

Bridge tea room in Bradford on Avon

Can afternoon tea get any better than this?

Tithe Barn Bradford on Avon

The Tithe Barn 14th century

A tithe barn was a type of barn used in much of northern Europe in the Middle Ages for storing tithes—one tenth of a farm’s produce which was given to the Church. Tithe barns were usually associated with the village church or rectory and independent farmers took their tithes there.

Tithe Barn

Travelling South West England

The village priests wouldn’t have to pay tithes—the purpose of the tithe being their support—and some had their own farms anyway, which are now village greens in some villages.

Houseboats on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Travelling South West England

The ducks or drakes deciding whether to go for a swim or a walk. 🙂

Two Dinosaurs at the Trowbridge show in Wiltshire.

Travelling South West England

Oh well, it is better to be a “has been” than a “never was”. 🙂
 
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Travelling South West England is certainly one of my favourite parts of this wonderful country.

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