Sunday, 13 October 2013

A Visit to the Clifton area of Bristol

Meeting up with 2 friends at Bristol Temple Meads station last week, I had hoped we could visit the One Hundred Years One Hundred Works exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy. The response from them to an initial suggestion of a bus ride to Clifton went down well, I failed to understand that the RWA is not actually in Clifton, but en route to it, and so when we arrived at the nearest bus stop to the RWA, they said we could visit later.
We stayed on the bus until we had reached what was deemed Clifton village and got off to have a look round; the fact that 'village' has been attached to the name brings to mind Didsbury and Alderley Edge, and there is quite a lot of similarity. It is a great place to walk round with an abundance of independent shops; there is a particularly wonderful delicatessen displaying flavoured oils ready to be sampled on small chunks of bread. They were very tempting, and a customer who showed us around the oils had apparently just come in for a bit of bread and oil because having sampled a few oils, and having told us how good they were, he left the shop. We did the same, our excuse being we wanted afternoon tea, ie. a drink and some cakes. It was by then 3.55pm, the time when many places serving teas, including the deli, close, or at least begin polishing their counters and tables and say they are closing at 4.30pm.

 Here's an example of a highly decorative veg shop:
 And a flower shop, so beautiful:
 And here's The Clifton Arcade, a Victorian building home to a bespoke furniture company, antique collectors, handmade gift shop, and more importantly, an excellent vintage clothing shop with a shearling jacket outside on a rack, just visible on the right after the 2 cabinets. There was also a gorgeous coloured enameled necklace which was hard to resist.
From the arcade, we searched for a tea rooms and finally found a place open until 6pm where the service was friendly and they were keen to welcome us.
After tea, we walked a short way to the Clifton suspension bridge past several very expensive clothes shops stocking lovely clothes made from synthetic fibres, unwearable as far as I'm concerned, natural fibres are comfortable and don't induce cold and hot sweats.
In today's Observer magazine,  I was pleased to see it is wool promotion week this week
Wonderful, wear natural fibres.
Here are a few views of the information associated with the Clifton suspension bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel who died in 1859, 5 years before it was completed. 11-12000 vehicles travel along it each day:

And a couple of beautiful houses facing the bridge:

And there are 15 more days to visit the RWA.

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