There is one city we just have to go and visit when the sun comes out and that is beautiful Plymouth. Last weekend (well the Saturday anyway), the weather was rather lovely, so we made up a picnic and jumped into the car to visit this lovely city.
We love walking around the quay, on hot days you can sometimes find this gorgeous retro ice cream van… I want one!
There are also some lovely shops and quaint side streets, there is something humorous in the fact that they have painted double yellow lines down these narrow roads.
Once we have taken in the sites of the quay we tend to walk up to the Hoe for our picnic. I just love the views on this walk, I see something new every time we visit and almost feel like we are not in England anymore. There are lots of little cafes and coffee shops built right into the wall of the harbour.
Last year we actually went into the Tinside Lido. It was far too cold when we were in Plymouth at the weekend to even think about going for a swim. (this photo was from last summer when the weather was a lot hotter)
Without fail when we visit Plymouth Hoe we take a picnic and sit and enjoy the beautiful views of the lighthouse and the surrounding sea.
We were fortunate enough to see the Poppies on Tour wave at the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial. The breath-taking sculptures were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. Aren’t they dramatic and such a wonderful remembrance for all those that died during the great war?
After our walk along the Hoe, we headed into town for a coffee and some cake. Plymouth has lots of great places to have a drink and a bite to eat. We decided to try Barista Brothers an Italian coffee shop. It was quite quirky inside, it was nice to try somewhere a bit different and the coffee was good too.
Although we didn’t visit there this weekend (but have many times), another place you have to go if you visit Plymouth is the National Aquarium. It is very interactive for the children and of course, there are lots of wonderful things to see in the huge tanks.
Husband and I are planning to have a grown up weekend in Plymouth soon so we can go and see what the bars and restaurants have to offer. We would love to see a show at the Theatre Royal also. Let’s hope next summer the weather is a lot warmer, I want to play in the Lido again!