Bristol (a pleasant surprise)

Sheila wanted to explore Bristol, I was not convinced but have learned to trust her judgement. The day before leaving for a two-night stay we got a tire pressure warning light on our rental car and Hertz advised us to take it into their service centre in Bristol. We had to try three different locations listed on the Hertz web site before finding one that was still operating, but it did take us close to North Street, one of Bristol’s more interesting neighbourhoods. Surrounded by high quality graffiti and slightly counterculture store fronts, and after sampling an excellent Milk Stout at the Bristol Beer Factory I was soon convinced of Sheila’s powers of selection. After checking into a rather nice room in the more upscale Clifton area, we wandered off to “The Clifton Sausage” for a low-key but excellent meal. It was a pleasant evening as we strolled the neighbourhood window shopping. The light faded to dusk and window displays and shop lights began to compete with street lamps to light the streets. After a disappointing Hop-on Hop-off bus tour, we enjoyed a more rewarding exploration of the downtown and harbour on foot. Heavy bombing in the second war damaged 100,000 buildings, 3,000 beyond repair and little of the original “floating harbour” or warehouses remain. The relocation of the docks downstream left the harbour available for redevelopment, sadly to my mind, an opportunity missed as it seems a rather uninspired commercial venture. However, the city’s neighbourhoods, and parts of the restored downtown and harbour do have a special appeal.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
by David E. Moon
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
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Bristol (a pleasant surprise)

Sheila wanted to explore Bristol, I was not convinced but have learned to trust her judgement. The day before leaving for a two-night stay we got a tire pressure warning light on our rental car and Hertz advised us to take it into their service centre in Bristol. We had to try three different locations listed on the Hertz web site before finding one that was still operating, but it did take us close to North Street, one of Bristol’s more interesting neighbourhoods. Surrounded by high quality graffiti and slightly counterculture store fronts, and after sampling an excellent Milk Stout at the Bristol Beer Factory I was soon convinced of Sheila’s powers of selection. After checking into a rather nice room in the more upscale Clifton area, we wandered off to “The Clifton Sausage” for a low-key but excellent meal. It was a pleasant evening as we strolled the neighbourhood window shopping. The light faded to dusk and window displays and shop lights began to compete with street lamps to light the streets. After a disappointing Hop-on Hop-off bus tour, we enjoyed a more rewarding exploration of the downtown and harbour on foot. Heavy bombing in the second war damaged 100,000 buildings, 3,000 beyond repair and little of the original “floating harbour” or warehouses remain. The relocation of the docks downstream left the harbour available for redevelopment, sadly to my mind, an opportunity missed as it seems a rather uninspired commercial venture. However, the city’s neighbourhoods, and parts of the restored downtown and harbour do have a special appeal.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
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