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14th August 2012

Holiday 2012: Part 2–Day2 Plymouth @ 20:53

 

Ah Plymouth.

So when I was a kid I had a healthy interest in lighthouses. This was piqued by stories in a school book regarding the Eddystone Lighthouse on Eddystone rocks just off the coast of Plymouth.

In case you were unaware the Eddystone Lighthouse has been built four (arguably five) times. The first was made of wood and got washed away during a storm. The second caught fire and melted onto the people trying to put it out, the third developed cracks, the fourth still stands (with modifications such as helipad). The whole romance of the sea, mystery and adventure surrounding lighthouses just fuelled my desire to become a lighthouse keeper. The third lighthouse, Smeaton’s tower, was dismantled and rebuilt on the Hoe for shits and giggles  as a kind of public monument to those lost at sea and a museum of lighthouseololology. Or summat.

Smeaton's tower

Anyway because the tower had been rebuilt on the Hoe, it had always been a place I’d wanted to visit. So when the weather turned for the grot on the Tuesday we decided to continue our previous nights walk along the Hoe after we had found somewhere to eat for breakfast.

Our choice for breakfast was Little Chef. My map of Little Chefs (well…the map on their website) was a bit crap. The two identified on the map had either gone, as in the case of the one at Saltash, Cornwall  or it had the wrong address (as in the one supposedly to the east of Plymouth). So we thought stuff it, and went for breakfast in a quaint cafe in the Barbican district as long as we walked it off.

Our next intention was to go to the National Aquarium. But because of the crap weather the queues to get in were round the block. So the walk to the Hoe took priority.

Plymouth Hoe

Walking round the back of the Royal Citadel we made our way towards the Wheel. I wanted to see the Smeaton tower but I wasn’t prepared to pay £3 each just to go up some stairs and down again. Instead we looked at the other monuments and Zoe offered to pay for a ride on the Wheel.

 

 

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Despite the rain and the clouds there were some good views from up there. I never knew Plymouth was bombed like Coventry during the Blitz. It was interesting listening to the commentary though. I liked how the avenue was designed to be a pathway from the station to the Hoe. It’s a shame that the architects who redesigned Coventry didn’t have similar artistic skills instead of a passion for concrete.

So after that we went into the town centre where I bought a new bag, a nice shirt and some new trousers. I had intended on wearing the trousers that evening but Zoe suggested I waited because the wet pavements would have made them mucky.

 

That evening we dined on fine fish at Platters. We both had white bait for starters and the seafood mixed grill for mains – Five types of fish, grilled and served with a mountain of chips. Ace biscuits!

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From:reynard52
Date:15th August 2012 04:50 (UTC)
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I am so enjoying your updates!!! It looks so wonderful and cool where you are. Its been over 35C here and I am all bleh about it *is heat-cranky*.
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From:stegzy
Date:15th August 2012 19:55 (UTC)
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35° ?! Blimey! I thought it was hot here at 27.

Fortunately during the holiday it wasn't too uncomfortable heat wise. Well...until the last day...
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From:louenn
Date:15th August 2012 19:42 (UTC)
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There is something amazing about lighthouses. Although I think that to be a lighthouse keeper you have to be madder than someone wanting to join a religious order...
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From:stegzy
Date:15th August 2012 19:57 (UTC)
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You also need a beard, a pipe and a wooly jumper.

Not sure if they are requirements for joining religious orders.
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From:louenn
Date:16th August 2012 16:44 (UTC)
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Beards are optional (certainly some of the older sisters here have whiskers).

Wooly jumpers are necessary in Whitby in the winter!

Pipe? I don't think any of the sisters smoke pipes but I'm sure I've heard of one who did...
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:15th August 2012 19:47 (UTC)
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I thought this icon of mine was perfect
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From:stegzy
Date:15th August 2012 19:58 (UTC)
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It is!
From:ladyinthewood
Date:15th August 2012 20:03 (UTC)
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I love lighthouses and have always wanted to go in one to see what it is like
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From:stegzy
Date:15th August 2012 20:17 (UTC)
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They're a bit cramped unless they have a house attached. I always fancied being one of the keepers of the remoter houses perched on a rock.

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