|A creative sand sculpture artist was busy at work on the beach in Torquay, Devon, known as the English Riviera.|
Fascinating Fact of the Day about Torquay: From this site:
The town’s economy, like Brixham’s, was initially based upon fishing and agriculture but in the early 19th century it began to develop into a fashionable seaside resort, initially frequented by members of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars while the Royal Navy anchored in the bay. Later, as the town’s fame spread, it was popular with Victorian society. Renowned for its mild climate (for the U.K.), the town earned the nickname the English Riviera.
The writer Agatha Christie was born in the town and lived there during her early years and there is an “Agatha Christie Mile”, a tour with plaques dedicated to her life and work.”
When it was sunny a few days ago we didn’t waste a moment dropping everything to hit the road to visit the popular town of Torquay, Devon, known as the English Riviera.
|It was wonderful to see the ocean once again in Torquay, Devon.|
|It was one of the few sunny days in weeks inspiring us to go on a road trip.|
|Torquay is a busy tourist location as well as a permanent home for many British and foreigners. Its current population is 65,245, making it the third-highest population in Devon, but not in the top 320 cities/towns/villages in England.|
|Over 1,000,000 tourists visit Torquay each year, many staying in hotels and holiday rentals in buildings as shown above.|
|The beach was clean and sandy but the cool weather only attracted walkers, runners and those exercising their dogs.|
|Contemporary buildings line the boulevard with many historic properties located throughout the town. Parking was tricky.|
|Cape buffalos sure know how to cuddle. Note the bird on his head. For more details, please click here.|