A Long Walk in Bristol

We took the bus from Cardiff back to Bristol.  The bus terminal is located close to the train station.  We walked through the Cardiff train station and saw this lovely art installation on the wall.
After a little over an hour on the road, we arrived in Bristol.  We passed through a small park with surfaces covered by floral graffiti.
We visited in January so were a little surprised to see a gang of roving Santas coming toward us.
Much of Bristol was destroyed during World War II.  This church in the middle of the shopping district was just a hollow shell.
We passed other buildings which seemed to be well preserved like The Old Fish Market which is now a combination pub and Thai restaurant.
More contrasting graffiti met us on our walk around town.  Skulls and whimsical flower people make an edgy combination.
Next up?  Sea-themed graffiti complete with pirates.
We sat along the river and enjoyed a coffee and sandwich at Caffe Gusto.

We were intrigued by the scenery along the river which included a few tall ships. 
We even passed some industrial sized locks!
I liked this old abandoned railway station carved into the side of a cliff near the river.
We soon saw our destination, the Clifton Suspension Bridge.  It was much higher up than we expected.  We didn't realize that it spanned a large gorge.  We looked forward in trepidation hoping we wouldn't have to turn around and go back after walking for a good couple miles to get here.
Fortunately, we found a path starting with a set of stairs carved into the cliff.  It was almost more daunting than turning around but we pushed ourselves onward and upward!
The path switched back and forth several times through the woods.


Huffing and puffing, we were glad to see that we were making good progress.
Hooray!  We made it to the top at last after about a 10-15 minute climb.
We walked out onto the bridge and admired the views of the river below.  We were pleased with ourselves for making it this far.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge got its start in 1754 with a competition to design a bridge across the gorge.  Work began in 1831 and was finally completed 1864 after the death of designer and inspiration Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  There is a small museum on the far end of the bridge away from Clifton Village.  The caretakers are knowledgeable and it's definitely worth a peek inside.

We made our way into Clifton Village to have a look around.  I chuckled when I saw Posh Spice Indian Restaurant -- tell me whatcha want, whatcha really, really want :-)
We stopped for a well-deserved spot of tea at the Mall Deli Cafe.
We continued on to the Coronation Tap (aka Cori Tap) for some live music and cider.
There were five varieties of cider on tap and we tried them all.  They were quite refreshing and not nearly as sweet as the ciders we've encountered in the US.

Bluesy rock was the order of the day and the Sleepy Dogs kept us well entertained.

After the performance, we stopped at Thali Cafe for a bite of dinner.
Our meal took the form of an assortment of Indian dishes.
We walked down the hill back to the centre of town and admired Bristol's architecture.
We had walked over 10 miles to make the most of our lone day in Bristol.  We still believe that every place is worth visiting at least once and Bristol certainly exceeded our expectations.

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