Plymouth Hoe

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Plymouth Hoe is the nice part of Plymouth, along with a corner of pretty buildings further round the harbourside.  The rest of the town was largely flattened, possibly in the war, I'm not sure.  In fact, a lot of the town is bad enough where when I told my colleagues I was going, they felt sorry for me.  But one of the advantages of summer is that I could travel down to my meeting the night before and it was still daylight, so I could get down on to the Hoe and have a good look around.  Even better, a friend was coming to the same meeting which meant I could get dinner and some drinks without having to be all alone. Yay!

I was staying in a travelodge in the centre of town, so I was close to the coast.

Smeaton's tower
  I have been to Plymouth once before, when I was about 10; I didn't recognise it at all until I stumbled across the lighthouse.

It's sort of hard to miss Smeaton's tower, the lighthouse.  It stands now on the cliff - pretty uselessly, actually, and I remember thinking that until I actually read the sign.  Smeaton's tower is, in fact, retired; it used to stand on the Eddystone reef, but a more modern tower was put up there and the old one moved into Plymouth as a tourist thing.  I am always utterly amazed about the engineering skill involved in putting the first lighthouses up; long before they had any power tools, safety gear, concrete, electricity, reliable light - there they were on tiny rocks in the middle of the sea in storms putting up beacons.  I mean, wow.

Old part of the harbour
 

I read the naval memorial, with its smug looking lions and the sad litany of names, and walked around the coast.  There is a beautiful restored art deco lido, or outside pool, and a couple of ruined ones; I'd really like to visit in warmer weather for the pool, because it's lovely.  The flowers were in full bloom and gorgeous, and I was feeling pretty good about life, despite everything.  I sat on the harbour side watching the boats for a while, whilst two seagulls tried to persuade me to buy them some chips. 

After a bit more strolling, my colleague arrived and we wandered out to find some food.  It was actually very warm, and we ate mussells in a patio for the first time this year.  As I haven't been drinking at all recently, the small glass of wine went straight to my head.  But never mind. 

We had another drink in a Wetherspoons round the corner - it was really quite nice, although pretty empty - and I went back to get some sleep ahead of the meeting.

sarahelaine says:
(Anyway, if it helps, I spent ten years with Basildon for my nearest town... Far worse and no nice sea-front!)
Posted on: Nov 26, 2012
sarahelaine says:
I liked the Plymouth Hoe part a lot. But it is just true that people teased me about going. There are lots of lovely areas nearby. Actually, I hadn't even re-read this entry for a couple of years- I can barely remember the trip!
Posted on: Nov 26, 2012
davidx says:
You are not overly polite to my home city and as for your friends - words fail me. Seriously, it has never occurred to me that it much worse than many other cities and some of its suburbs are delightful.
Personally I admit I'm not keen on some of the centre building that replaced an area devastated by the war but it is worth remembering that Plymouth was one of the earliest to reconstruct and many visitors used to come specifically to see it. I guess it should now be seen as an interesting memorial to the late forties.
Posted on: Nov 26, 2012
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Cool statue
Cool statue
Smeatons tower
Smeaton's tower
Old part of the harbour
Old part of the harbour
Lido (outdoor pool) - the restored…
Lido (outdoor pool) - the restore…
And the bit that hasnt been resto…
And the bit that hasn't been rest…
Pavillion on the Hoe
Pavillion on the Hoe
The seagull that wanted my chips
The seagull that wanted my chips
Guildhall
Guildhall
Clock tower erected by the mayor i…
Clock tower erected by the mayor …
The Hoe
The Hoe
Flowers on the hoe
Flowers on the hoe
Cafe where I ate outside for the f…
Cafe where I ate outside for the …
Smeatons tower
Smeaton's tower
Canon
Canon
Fishing vessels
Fishing vessels
Naval memorial with smug lions
Naval memorial with smug lions
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