Saltdean – oh…we do like to be beside the seaside.

A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to have a trip down to Saltdean to visit an old friend.

It’s famous for this beautiful Lido. A few years ago there was a plan to fill in the pool, and turn the site into flats, but I’m glad to say that it’s going to be restored.

It’s a beautiful spot, and we enjoyed walking by the sea…

…watching the sunset…

…and the moon.

Aberaeron

One of the many nice things about where we stayed in Wales, was that it wasn’t far from the seaside.

In this case Aberaeron, where the brightly painted houses remind me of harbour towns in Scotland.
The old harbourmaster’s house was particularly fine.
There were some nice boats in the marina…
…and I really admired the chutzpah of calling such a small boat ‘The African Queen’.
I think some thespians must live here.
The day we visited a special horse festival was going on (which made it very difficult to park).
I’m not sure how much the donkeys enjoyed it.

Captain Cook, Dracula & fish and chips

Whitby has many claims to fame. Captain Cook was born here (there was a small craft in the harbour offering ‘The Captain Cook Experience’. What might that be? Scurvy? Death on the point of a spear?)…

…it was a major whaling port…

…and Dracula made landfall here, in Bram Stoker’s classic (I was rather disappointed, I thought the town would be swarming with goths, like flocks of starlings. Maybe it was too sunny, there is after all, few things funnier than a sunburnt goth).

However, there is also a rather nice polar bear…

…a beautiful harbour…

…and a swing bridge…

…which swung.

Oh, and the Magpie Cafe. Equally famous for its excellent fish & chips, and the LONG queue!