|Following the trail of Gromit Unleased!|
This is the second installment to my post on the “ambitious” weekend goal of covering Yeovil, Cheddar-Gorge, Street, Bath and Bristol. The first part can be read here. Both of these cities are among stunning cities in the UK that are perfect for city breaks. Bristol straddles the River Avon in the southwest of England and has plenty of maritime history but were in the city for other reasons.
By Invitation only…
Dear oh Deer…
The estate was owned by the Smyth family and has a rich history with stories of impersonations and fights over inheritance worthy of a blockbuster write up. We circled the estate to walk through the park to see the deers up close.
I was really looking forward to seeing these beautiful red deers that roam freely on the grounds but unluckily we came on the day they had recently introduced a few young deers into the compound so they closed off parts of the grounds to allow them to settle in. We could see them from a distance but not near enough for my phone to take good shots.
Just like us, they were sheltering under bushes to hide from the fierce sun we had on Sunday. A real shame that I had managed to leave my DSLR in my living room when I left on Friday so I could not zoom in on them to take good pictures as they were far away. Really beautful animals. I may have to check out the ones close to home, Richmond Park in London also has some Red and Fallow deer which have been roaming around and grazing the park since 1532.
Coming face to face with Clifton…
Having won a contest in which he put forward a few drawings in a competition, it was a real shame he died five years before its completion. He battled funding of the project, the construction was completed a good 30 years after the starting due to delays caused by funding as well as riots and protests in the city with some opposing plans over expenditure for the project.
For me, this is another iconic structure showcasing the true beauty behind metallurgy and how advanced we are in technology of metals(among other things). I see San Francisco’s Golden Gates bridge in the same light. It sounds ridiculous that I would travel that far just to marvel at a bridge, the Golden Gates is not just a bridge now is it?
It’s amazing just how creative the human(yes, other animals too!) mind can be and just how something that was built then with the little technology they had compared to what we have today can stand the test of time. The Golden Gates Bridge was started around the same time as Clifton but completed in 1937 while Clifton opened in 1964. Spanning 214 metres between two towers and 75 meters sea level, it was originally built for pedestrian and horse-drawn traffic but now carries 12,000 plus cars a day and around 4 million a year.
Like John Muir said, “The power of imagination makes us infinite”. The Clifton Suspension bridge is truly ingenious and innovative construction by the Victorians. It’s now Bristol’s cultural icon structure and easily recognisable image of the city.
A spot of Banksy…
What goes up must surely come down. As we walked up to Clifton we had to walk back down to the town center. With the bus taking 20 minutes to arrive looking at the timetable, our tour guide for the day, my friend decided it was going to take just as long to get into town so walking was to be the way to get back down.
At this rate, I was thinking I could do with a but of a break after walking around in the heat and we passed a few Boston Tea Party cafes which seemed just as popular as Starbucks or Costa in London as I had spotted a few in Bath too. Not long before getting into the center did we come into contact with a “A Banksy”, above. I would have loved to hunt for more but it was getting dark and my feet were starting to ask why I was torturing myself after a lovely spa in Bath.
The hunt is on for Gromit!…
All good things must come to an end…
For more street art check out my previous post on Street Art in London and for more on Banksy’s Street art, check out Barbara’s piece on the Banksy Effect in Bristol. Details of Gromit and map of the trail can be found here.
For Banksy Street Art tours in Bristol check here for details.
Where To Stay In Bristol
Our south-west visit ways short but for a large city like Bristol, there are plenty of options for where to stay in Bristol. From cool Bristol Airbnbs, to lovely Bed and Breakfast to boutique and luxury hotels. There is something for everyone. Also because this is very much a university city, there are plenty of budget options for cheap hotels in Bristol.
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