Part 1…Torquay, the much revered English Riviera…Wardrobe issues…

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:

Torquay (/tɔːrˈkiː/ tor-KEE) is a seaside town in Devon, England, part of the unitary authority area of Torbay. It lies 18 miles (29 km) south of the county town of Exeter and 28 miles (45 km) east-north-east of Plymouth, on the north of Tor Bay, adjoining the neighboring town of Paignton on the west of the bay and across from the fishing port of Brixham.

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.
As always driving was challenging when many roads aren’t marked and the GPS signal was seldom available.  Saving the online directions helped but only when we closely watched the odometer for turns which helped but still wasn’t perfect.
It was one of the few sunny days in weeks inspiring us to go on a road trip.
Once we got onto the highway, the M5, finding our way was easy with many signs marked for Torquay, the popular seaside resort town.  It took us over an hour once we made it to the highway.

Upon arrival in the lovely town of Torquay, after we’d had lunch in a restaurant with a parking lot (yeah!) with excellent views of the sea.  We had a nice lunch and were on our way to check out the appealing location.
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.
Perhaps, someday, we’ll stay in Torquay for a few weeks as we’d done in the equally fantastic seaside town of Falmouth, Cornwall which we left only a month ago.  It was a memorable experience along with the two farms we’ve experienced on this two-month leg in the UK.

The time in the English countryside has passed quickly and when we realize we’re leaving Witheridge in a mere four days, for 11 nights in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales. 
Over 1,000,000 tourists visit Torquay each year, many staying in hotels and holiday rentals in buildings as shown above.
After spending two nights in a hotel in Southampton, we’ll be boarding the ship to begin our 15-night cruise back to the US in only 17 days from today, arriving in Fort Lauderdale on November 8th.  We’re both very excited to see family again and of course, to go on yet another cruise.

On our last cruise on August 11th from Amsterdam back to Amsterdam, I was unable to walk freely without awful pain.  Plus, my wardrobe was seriously lacking in options to wear both during the day and in the evenings when a more dressy attire is expected.  
The beach was clean and sandy but the cool weather only attracted walkers, runners and those exercising their dogs.
My clothes are worn out and although I’ve tossed every tattered item, the remaining options showed signs of wear.  It was frustrating to try to figure out what to wear each day and evening.

Also, most of my tops were low-cut v-neck, none of which I was excited to wear with the huge scar on my chest.  No, I don’t mind it showing during our day-to-day lives but I really don’t care to draw attention to it in evening attire.

A week ago, the box of supplies we’d ordered from the US arrived (and received in five days) included a half dozen new tops I can wear on the cruise, along with the three casual dresses I’d included in a prior package several months ago that arrived in South Africa, after quite a hassle.
Contemporary buildings line the boulevard with many historic properties located throughout the town.  Parking was tricky.
My pants are all in good shape so these new tops will work out well.  I have one black skirt I’ve been hauling around for a few years that I’ve yet to wear.  The scars on my legs are still raised and red and unless I wear my opaque black tights, I doubt I’ll ever wear it.  Maybe I’ll try that this time around.

In the next few days, we’ll pack and now that I have a few new things, I can unload an equal number of worn items I’ll no longer wear.  This will make packing easier when we have to fly once again when we arrive in Florida in one month.

Today, we’re staying in again. You know…the rain continues.

May your Monday be sunny and bright!
Photo from one year ago today, October 7, 2018:
Cape buffalos sure know how to cuddle.  Note the bird on his head.  For more details, please click here.

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