Another image from the September archive – this one from September 2006.
Here’s a first view of part of the town from the beach. We spent a few hours exploring and walking around. I took lots of pictures to try and capture the feeling of the place and there will no doubt be a certain repetitiveness to the pictures that follow in the next few posts. To see the pictures below full sized click on any of them (first clicking on the post title if you’re seeing this in email or on social media).
Bruges is famous, of course, for its canals, laden with sightseeing boats.
Saturday, the 27th, my wife and I walked around St Ives, a pretty seaside town, formerly focused on fishing it is now a popular seaside resort and thriving arts community.
Our final day of the group walking tour (26th May) we started from Mullion Harbour, shown here, and walked past Predannack to the Lizard, the southernmost point in the country, before circling back to Mullion. The first picture shows the harbour from atop a nearby hill but we actually started from inside the walls and you can see the beautiful clear water in the 2nd shot (if viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger). Then we climbed up and out and were on our way.
We also went through the Plymouth Museum. It tells the story of the English colonists in America and their depredations of the native people they found in North America. It was certainly interesting to see this story told both from a contemporary historical perspective and also from an English one, since, contrary to how we think of it in the States, for the couple of hundred years before the revolution, these were indeed Englishmen and not Americans. Outside the museum, meanwhile, plaques commemorated the great voyages of colonialism with no regard for the revised history told inside. If viewing in email, click the post title to click into the images and see them larger.
During Spring break in early April we took a train trip to Canterbury.
After several pandemic years away I got to return briefly to Elizabeth, New Jersey where I’ve been working on a long term project.