Grey Torbay days

Easter break means extra days off! Whoopie! So which part of the globe did we whizz off to this time? A sunny beach? A chic city? Nope – Torbay!!

Torbay spans the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham located around an east-facing natural harbour (Tor bay) on the English Channel.

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Not quite the most glamourous of destinations it has to be said but I have lots of happy memories of the area, especially Torquay as I spent every summer holiday here for several years.

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In the twenty years since I have been to Torquay it has seen many changes including a giant wheel over looking the harbour, but many things have stayed the same.

Here’s a multitude of colourful fishing nets and lobster pots. I love the variations that can be found in even the most mundane of everyday items.

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It might not rival the more glamorous harbours of the world that I have seen such as Cannes, Portifino and others, but Torquay still shares the same sense of hustle and bustle.

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Here’s the Torquay eye giving a panoramic view over the whole spectacle.

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Here’s the Western Lady, the little ferry boat that plies its trade between Torquay and Brixham. It’s a steal at £1 each way and takes a leisurely half hour to travel between the two places.

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Few more floaty boaties in the harbour here.

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And here’s a few more glimpses of the huge wheel.

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Then we have a quick potter around the little French market that has set itself up along the harbour edge. It’s a tiny little taste of the continent.

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Some of my favourite things ever are the array of colourful soaps. I’ve got very similar photos from Nice market in the South of France.

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The variety on offer is staggering with every flavour and perfume.

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However by far the most typical perfume from the region is lavender. Whether in soap or in cute little bags.

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Here’s a few more snaps from the market. Delicious doughnuts from cake stall and mountains of revolting olives!!!

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I have tried to like the vile little blobs of grimness. Heaven knows I have tried!! But they are too slippery, too salty and just too darn yucky! However they are very photogenic.

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Even if they flavour them with peri peri or any other spice. They still look look like balls of unpleasantness to me ..  .

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Here’s garlic prawns. I wonder if they were hauled out of the local sea? Somehow I very much doubt it.

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And finally from the market some sculptural artichokes.

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Then it’s off for a bracing walk around the harbour. Even though it’s a cold, grey day there are still a few flashes of colour.

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Boats and rope and wheels and sharp angles galore!!

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Not all the boats are quite as glamourous however. The Mary Anne has probably seen better days but has a wealth of interesting, rusty features.

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The underbelly of the pier also looks like it’s seen better days. How it holds up the tourists I am not entirely certain.

P1030558Finally we finish up with a trip back in time as Neil finds himself in a perilous situation . . .

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Next up we head to our home for three days. Four adults in a caravan in Brixham . . . ah the glamour!!!

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