We are back from our travels...
...and what lovely travels they were!
So here it is - my husband's company have offered him a hotel to run in Plymouth. Our trip was all about going to suss things out. Would he be happy with the hotel? Would we be happy living in Plymouth. Is Plymouth even the type of town we would want to live in? Some of these coastal towns can be just awful. So this was an investigative trip. Only three days, so a whirlwind in and out. Not much time to do much sightseeing but enough time to get a feel for the town and the surrounding areas.
Driving through England is always a pleasure. It's so beautiful, the only problem is that most of the beauty is missed when you travel on the motorways. About 10 miles out of Plymouth we came across a cross-country/steeple chase kind of thing - (sorry, I don't know much about horse racing events - you get the idea though I'm sure). Our timing was just right - the race was just starting so we pulled over into the lay-by and watched the horses hurtle passed us. My eldest daughter was thrilled.
First impressions of Devon as we drove through - STUNNING. Although there are not many parts of England that are awful ;) but Devon is certainly a beautiful county.
And then Plymouth... Oh my! I LOVE this seaside town. It is so clean - I have never ever come across such a clean town. There was not a packet, paper cup or tin can lying about. It was spotless.
And the views from the waterfront - Oh my goodness!!! Have a look...
We arrived on a very overcast day and left on a sunny day (Murphy's law). It looked great in both lights lol.
Before we moved to England we lived in Cape Town South Africa, about a mile from the beach. Although I'm not a sit-on-the-beach kind of person (too sandy) I do LOVE walking along the rocks and beach and just soaking in the views. I find it nourishment to my soul. Of course the rest of my family love the sea, the beach, the whole thing. It has been something that we have missed and my DH and I had spoken of 'retiring' to the seaside again one day. Well now it looks as though we won't have to wait that 15 odd years to do so.
|Clear fresh ocean water gently lapping the shore.|
Of course there are still lots of little details to iron out with the powers-that-be before we accept the offer so nothing is set in stone as of yet. Events will unfold in their own good time. But for now it was enough to have spent 3 days in such a lovely town and most of all spent a good few hours absorbing the beautiful ocean views.