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It's holiday snaps sharing time! :-) And I shall open with an image that screams 'English Summer': Emy on a boat, with bare porcelain legs and sandals. ^_^


We enjoyed our holiday in Totnes very much. It's not far from where we live but there is lots to do, so it was definitely worth staying in a B&B for a few days. In fact, I would have liked to have done less sightseeing and more relaxing... we are planning to go to Falmouth again for a week in August, so I hope to do plenty of relaxing then.

The farm B&B where we stayed was very traditional and rather nice for being so. The breakfasts were really delicious, I don't normally like a huge cooked breakfast but I managed four in as many days! :-) It was some way out of the town centre so I guess our daily walks to and from the place earned us our culinary indulgences!

On our first full day we did the 'Round Robin Tour'. In my opinion I am not on holiday until I have been on a touristic boat trip. This arrangement gives you not only a lovely boat trip on the River Dart, but a steam train ride and an open top bus ride too! Cue GREAT EXCITEMENT. Other people crave stylish nightlife, gourmet tasting menu dinners or adrenaline-stimulating hijinks, but give me an open top bus and I'm stupidly happy!

approaching dartmouth

Approaching Darmouth. On the way we passed vineyards, quaint boathouses and cottages, picturesque villages, and even oarsmen and women rowing (we slowed down for them, of course!).

winds light to variable!

Dartmouth was very pretty, with lots of those shops that you only find in holiday places. Nice for a visit but I'm not sure I'd stay there. The most interesting curio we spotted was this imposing barometer. I put my favourite scientist next to it for a photo op! :-)


After a short ferry hop to Kingswear, on the other bank of the river, we caught the steam train. Oh how nostalgic I am for a more genteel age of transport! I travel by train all the time and these days it's a cruddy affair. How much pleasanter it could be...

Her station in life...

...like THIS. This was the Pullman observation car. You had to pay £1.50 extra to ride in it, and I think it was worth it.

The only way to travel!

How would you like your own SOFA or ARMCHAIR to sit in as you trundle through glorious countryside, which can be viewed through enormous (and clean!) windows?

How the seaside should be

We passed Goodrington Sands, with its row of beach huts like a perfect pearl necklace!

Tasty delicacies?!

Finally we arrived at Paignton, which is pure English seaside tat. In a good way, naturally! It's... chips with everything, people with multiple sunburn marks, children covered in candyfloss, sand and sun lotion, kiosks selling tea, buns and inflatables... We bought tea (served in polystyrene cups, naturally!) from this kiosk. (The lady behind the counter almost smiled!) Later I noticed their excellent signboard (next to the gentleman in the red t-shirt). It actually says 'Delicious Devon CRAB Sandwiches'...!

Devon wildlife!

Of course, they also have a pier. We spotted some local fauna! David immediately identified him as a Parasaurolophus - he (D.) really is a treasure-trove of such nuggets! :-) We ventured into the amusement arcade and failed to win a talking Bagpuss toy. ^_^

Vantage point

The ride back to Totnes by open top bus - of course, we scrambled up on to the top deck and sat right at the front!!

In conclusion... if you visit Totnes (or Dartmouth, or Paignton) - do this! It's a lovely way to spend a day. When we got back to Totnes, we had fish and chips for supper before heading to the farm for a well earned night's sleep.

I'll make separate entries for the rest of our adventures to save your eyes! :-) Watch this space... :-D


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Jul. 29th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Those are great pictures!
Aug. 18th, 2012 07:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-) (And sorry for this belated reply...)
Jul. 29th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
My knowledge of English geography starts to get increasingly fuzzy from Middlesbrough down, so I had to look up where this was on a map! Looks like a great time. I love trains, and I have never seen so many beach huts placed in a row.
Aug. 18th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
Haha, I'm geographically challenged in the opposite direction! :-)
Jul. 29th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
I love the local wildlife! ;) And you look perfectly at home alighting that train! :)
Aug. 18th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
Why thank you! :-) I'm sure you'd be at home in the golden age of the train also...
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