Trip Photos Blog #3: Devon

After our time in Belgium, mom and I flew to Great Britain, then took a train to Torquay, there to meet up and spend two days with a friend of hers, who took us all around Devon to see all the sights we could.  It wasn’t the easiest two days, since my bag was lost during most of it and for a day and half we even feared it had been stolen, but it finally showed literally just before I went to bed on the second day, but we really saw the place.

First we went to a park where we were able to see porpoises in the water while standing at the edge of cliffs(though I couldn’t get any decent photos of them), which provided a stunning view even by itself:

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The cliffs also had stone structures that dated back to the Napoleonic era, with even a place where a man would keep a lookout for French ships:

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We also went walking on the beach, though the weather being what it was, we made no attempt to swim, but rather just took the water in:

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There was an unfortunate jellyfish which had washed ashore:

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On the way back we stopped to see an old church:

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And a couple of more times, during which I photographed some local livestock:

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Also more of the sea:

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On the second day we spent the morning at Saltram House, which will get its own blog.  Then we went to nearby Plymouth, and saw the harbour with its many boats:

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Also swans:

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We finished up the day in Cornwall, where we went to see the historical gardens of another great house.  These French-esque gardens even had gatehouse entrance, next to which we spotted a tree growing out of another tree:

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Inside the garden was decided into sections, often containing fountains.  This one even contained koi:

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Another was surrounded by hedged-up flowers:

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Adjoining it were higher hedges and similar structures:

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Urns were another thing featured in the garden, with and without plants:

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When we went further down, we found ourselves surrounded by trees, until we came upon a graveyard with benches where some favored bloodhounds had apparently been buried:

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Emerging from the garden near the shoreline, we could spot some 19th century structures that were made to romantically look much older and relicy:

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The inside of romantic faux-ruin:

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At the edge of the land here, too, was a Napoleonic-era military structures:

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For the darker part of history, right in front of us in the water was an old prison:

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The house was still lived in and private, but one could see it when coming in and going out, within the broad lane of trees that stood in front of it:

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At the end of our two days, I snapped one last photo while waiting for our train to London to arrive:

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6 thoughts on “Trip Photos Blog #3: Devon

  1. Beautiful. I realize why you left out Dartmoor and that vast moor we crossed: it’s impossible to get good photos from a car.

    We’ll remember these days for a long time.

  2. What a blog! And I shoud say “what days!”. You seemto have crammed the most mossible things to do in two days plus the worry of your missing bag! Glad to know that it re-surfaced even without explanation. The most important was that it felt it had to be there on time.
    Your pictures are lovely as usual and varied as you visited so many places. But you were not very lucky with the weather.
    The garden is really like our French gardens of the 17th century and the ruins very end of 18th, beginning of 19th centuries – romantic and verging on Ann Radcliffe.
    England had all these anti-Napoleon/French militaries defences built (I have seen some very impressive on the East coast, facing France), a little as they had a defence system against the Spanish Armada in the times of Elizabeth I.
    Your trip to Belgium and England has been full to the top and you surely needed rest when you came back home.
    I am waiting eagerly for the following blog.

      • Better than staying in a bedroom and do nothing! Of course you were there to visit, and the visit was interesting. But it may have been slightly exhausting. If your mother’s friend is Clare, I know her a little and she is rather energetic but a very good fellow (!)
        I am waiting eagerly for your following blog, you know…

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