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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Walk Through Bristol


We spent Tuesday walking the streets of the Clifton Village area of Bristol.       The legs are starting to tire a bit, so we took the bus over (and back).     We still walked substantially thru the streets.     There are beautiful homes, buildings, fountains, etc.





I was curious about this sign in a vacant shop window.     Do you think they want to preserve the few flies in the area???




I’ve found the food to be good – just see my FB posts of lunch nearly every day!     I am surprised, though, by a couple things.      The British love bacon.    Bacon is included in a vast array of sandwiches, as well as just plain old bacon sandwiches.       Another surprise  -   Heinz Baked Beans.        They show up on most breakfast menus.      Why ?




The world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, although he never lived to see his creation finished in the year 1864.

Work actually began in 1831, but the project was dogged with political and financial difficulties and by 1843, with only the towers completed, the project was abandoned.      Brunel died at age 53 in 1859 but the Clifton Suspension Bridge was completed as his memorial.        Designed in the early 19th century for light horse drawn traffic, it still meets the demands of the 21st century commuter with 12,000 vehicles crossing it every day.

We were able to walk across (and  back).     Unfortunately, this bridge also has a reputation as a suicide bridge.      They have taken several steps to try and deter people.    I hope they are successful .








My final picture is of the main train station in Bristol.    What a beautiful old building.






Tomorrow we will leave very early for our flight to Dublin.       Let the journey continue…… 


2 comments:

  1. Times must be getting rough over there...to hear that you have become a street walker. The bacon and beans thing surprised me, wouldn't have thought it.
    May you have a pleasant and uneventful flight into Ireland. I can't wait to hear your take on Ireland...it is so beautiful and green green green.

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  2. I am surprised the lox and bagel didn't come with bacon. Enjoy the next leg of your journey.

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