Saturday, September 22, 2007

Exmoor Sojourn

PB & Grace arrived in London on 10 Sep, very rested after their business class flight on startup Oasis Airlines. After a few days with MB & MDR in Bermondsey, the team, with the late addition of SB from Cologne, drove in a convoy of two rental cars to Minehead in West Somerset.

PB arranged a week in a timeshare apartment at Butlins Resort, a brand spanking new apartment on the waterfront with wrap around views of the waterfront and the pretty town of Minehead which boasts a lovely sandy beach, it could easily be a beach on the Gold Coast if it weren't so cold. The apartment was so new in fact that MB walked not once but twice into the glass sliding door to the balcony, luckily the only damage was a very embarrassed MB.

Minehead is on the fringe of Exmoor National Park and is surrounded by gorgeous small villages so lots of exploring was done. One highlight was a visit to Lynmouth (photo above is of coast near Lynmouth). This village hugs a steep cliff and some enterprising engineers in the late 1800's built a gravity fed water powered funicular railway which carries passengers 500m up a very steep traverse. No electricity or engines are used, the ultimate in eco friendly transport.

The team also loved the village of Porlock, chanced upon an antiques fair there in the local town hall. SB bought some antique postcards of his hometown in Duren. MB found a great un-PC antique postcard from Fiji showing cannibals getting some human bodies ready for the pot. Lots of loot at the fair but alas those draconian baggage restrictions mean it's impossible to buy anything.

to be continued....

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