Quick trip to the South West

Any excuse to go back to England is a good one and the 60th birthday party / weekend from my friend Chris in Brixham (Devon) could not be missed.

Living in Hannover (Germany) it is always quite a challenge to decide how to get there.

The only direct flights are to Heathrow which as far as I am concerned is a disaster and believe me I know about it as I use to fly in and out of it many moons ago every single week and this for at least a year. The other alternative is Stansted and it is not a real alternative when you want to hit the South West (or anywhere except Norfolk really).

So no direct flights, but a good alternative Hannover – Amsterdam – Bristol (why we had to come back via Paris I will never know).

Anyway a short break / long weekend (Friday to Monday) is as good as a holiday and the prospect of seeing some old friends made it all worth it. Or was it the real ale I miss so much.

Anyway, we made in perfectly good time and the journey including the drive from Bristol to the English Riviera was very enjoyable.

Torquay, Paignton, Brixham

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The party itself was great.

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Just like the ones we use to have. Pink Floyd, Beer etc.  In fact the beer ran out. Probably best actually. Maybe I should have called it a day then.

The next day was pretty foggy.

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But soon cleared.

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Managed to organize a bit of shopping in Dartmouth which involves taking a short ferry ride.

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Good shop,expensive too, but I needed that jumper. It was cold and windy…

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I particularly liked the advertising of that pub:

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Stopped in Exeter on the way back to Bristol to look at the Cathedral and have a bite to eat.

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before catching the plane back home in Bristol and via Paris as mentioned earlier.

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