What do I love about where I live, is the question asked by Krista, for this week’s photo challenge of tour guide. So where would take visitors to my city, where have I actually taken them? Well it depends on their interests and there are lots of choices. Perhaps I’d start by the quay. We’d walk down from the crescent,
stoping to admire this view
splash out 20p for the ferry across the river
stand beside one of the Victorian lamp posts looking towards the pubs and cafes, as well as the transit shed. Then perhaps stroll towards the Port Royal, for a coffee or lunch.
We’ll cross the suspension bridge at Trew’s weir,
Go full circle, don’t worry it’s less than a mile.
Exeter was once a thriving port, we’ll cross back to the old custom’s house, via the little wooden bridge. Mallisons’ bridge was paid for by a Professor Mallison, who left his money to the city. You often have to dodge the swans there, they get a bit pesky hoping for food.
We’re going to have a little jaunt to Topsham next, shall we go by train, bus or shank’s pony? Umm, the bus is quickest, we want to squeeze as much in as we can.
Here we are, on Topsham quay now, just a couple of miles down the Exe.
We seem to have done a little time travelling, just because I like the sunsets there.
Now, we have no choice but to walk, down to Bowling Green Marsh.
Becky would like it there, it’s a resting place for migratory birds, if you time it right. There are widgeons and lapwings in this photo, but it isn’t very clear. Bring some binoculars and you might see quite a collection of species, avocet are common, osprey are sometimes around.
We’ll catch the bus back to town.
Nice view in August as you pass Dart’s farm, they grow sunflowers to raise money for Hospiscare.
We haven’t been more than four miles from the centre of the city now let’s head for the heart. Jump off the bus in High Street.
Turn down Ship Lane and into Cathedral Close, where it’s strangely dark.
I love this ancient oak door it leads to the Bishop’s Palace.
And no visit to the city is complete without going into the cathedral,
so here’s my favourite Lady Chapel.
On y soit qui mal y pense etc. etc.
Hope you like my city, you’ve probably guessed how much I love it! I’m also hoping to attract a certain someone down here, no prizes!
17 thoughts on “Being a tour guide”
A great tour!
Oh this is a side of Exeter I’ve never seen. Absolutely beautiful.
Watch out I might turn up in the late Spring!
Really? let me know if you do! 🙂
I certainly will! 🙂
Oh, great! I love Topsham….
20p for the ferry ride sounds like a bargain. You do live in a very pretty town. Thanks for the tour.
So many interesting and historic buildings and what a setting with the Exe running through.
You make a wonderful tour guide, and you live in a lovely city, close to natural pleasures too. Good luck attracting the certain someone! And a very pleasant week to you.
I’m on my way…. oh, wait, you weren’t meaning me? Nah, of course you did. You promised to be my tour guide when I come to Exeter 😀
Thank you for this virtual tour Gilly. What a delightful city you live in. 20p for a ferry ride is a bargain and I loved the fields of sunflowers. I love a place that you can walk to so many varied and interesting places
I really enjoyed the tour, Gilly. You have much to see around your area. Love the Lady Chapel and the sunflowers. 🙂
Sounds like you have plenty of volunteers to be your certain someone, and no wonder, Gilly! Any city with a ferry crossing is fine by me. 🙂 🙂 The enthusiasm shines through, darlin. I can see why you’re happy there. Wouldn’t it be lovely?
This would be a grand tour to go on with you Gilly. I can see myself sitting at a cafe and absorbing all of the architrecture and watch the water flow down river. Thank you for creating such a wonderful tour.
The best tour Gilly! Lovely shots .. 😀
Thank you for the beautiful tour, Gilly! 🙂
wow – this is so amazing!!!