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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Bristol -- Part 2
After walking from the station up to the Clifton Suspension bridge we were starting to feel hungry. Crossing the bridge just took us into a wealthy looking leafy suburb with big houses and no sign of any cafes or shops. There was a mobile stall selling hot drinks and cakes, but we wanted something savoury.

As we retraced our steps to the Clifton side of the bridge, we took a little diversion up to the Camera Obscura. You had to pay to go in and we weren't interested in the camera obscura part, but you could pay separately to descend to the cave, so we did.

The stairs and tunnel were narrow and steep. You needed to hang on tightly to the handrail.I took this photo coming back up.

Tunnel to the balcony

After several minutes of precarious descent, we reached the yellow balcony that juts out half way up the sheer cliff.

Yellow balcony

A sign warned that no more than 8 people should stand on it at once, but neither G nor I ventured out onto it as it felt very flimsy. I mean, I'm sure it is safe, but I have no head for heights.

After ascending the steep and narrow stairs and emerging into the bright sunshine, we discovered that the Camera Obscura had a cafe on the roof, but it was closed for the winter. We therefore made our way back into the shopping streets of Clifton to seek out a cafe. It took a while because there were fancy tea and cake shops (see above about wanting something more substantial) and there were cafes selling things like mushooms on artisinal hand-crafted sourdough toast for exorbitant prices. But eventually we found a Coffee #1, which seems to be a South Wales & West of England coffee shop chain. They had hot bacon baps, which were exactly what we needed after such a long walk in the cold.

Now sustained, we continued our walk back down to the docks and, as we had time, we popped into the Arnolfini art gallery where there was a very interesting exhibition of Grayson Perry's work. I would have liked to stay longer, but G is easily bored and after seeing a few things, we continued our way to the station and thence back to Cardiff and a M&S ready meal eaten in the apartment we were renting. It's nice to eat out, but also nice to be able to relax in the peace and quiet with reasonably good food and bottle of wine. :)


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tx_cronopio From: tx_cronopio Date: December 22nd, 2017 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looks like a a lovely outing!

I'm with you, heights, especially when they are narrow and damp and seem flimsy, are NOT for me!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 24th, 2017 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Every time my husband suggests walking a coastal path, I forget that at least part of it will be along high cliffs. I'm OK if the path is far enough away from the edge, but I hate walking with a huge drop on one side.
tx_cronopio From: tx_cronopio Date: December 24th, 2017 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Same here, and occasionally I freeze!
sartorias From: sartorias Date: December 22nd, 2017 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that looks amazing!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 24th, 2017 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clifton Gorge and the suspension bridge didn't disappoint. It's so often, when you've seen things on TV, the reality doesn't live up to the hype, but it was at least as spectacular as I expected.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: December 23rd, 2017 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Nooo! I couldn't do that balcony either.

I had to laugh at the mushooms on artisinal hand-crafted sourdough toast... So many of the pubs round here do that sort of stuff, when all I want after a morning's walking is a nice bacon bap!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 24th, 2017 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure the posh mushrooms on toast was very nice if you like that sort of thing, but our working class roots tend to show after a long walk on a cold day and we crave something hot and tasty. :)
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