Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Roadtrip Day Three - Exeter

A quieter day today after the hours of driving yesterday and Sunday. We stayed in an around Exeter. Both and R and I have been here once before, visiting with a view to applying to university here which neither of us actually did. It's a very strange mix of old and new: the cathedral and medieval buildings and ruins sit cheek by jowl with the ultra modern city-centre shopping development.

We began, in the rain, with a visit to the Quay Antiques Centre where R picked up a few pots but most of the time was spent going through a reasonable postcard collection where we found a handful of Lehnert and Landrock cards, a handful of b/w photographic cards of Venice and one or two of home in Portsmouth which we bought with a commercial view in mind. But that was really our only antique-ing today. We walked up into the city and, for once, took part in the guided tour of the cathedral and, as a result, we have now forgotten a great deal about the medieval history of Exeter - it was interesting while it lasted.

Most of the rest of the day we spent in Exeter - which is absolutely chock full of beauty - I fell in and out of love twice in the space of time it took R to try on a few new tops in Zara! And then, in what turned out to be a glorious evening we drove out onto Dartmoor, stopped briefly at Bovey Tracey and then on to the amazingly pebbled beach at Budleigh Salterton: where every last pebble is a smooth, rounded piece of art work and where the beach is made of nothing but these pebbles, no shells, no sand, nothing else. It was a lovely end to the day as the sun set. Tomorrow some more buying in earnest I would guess.

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