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Ramsgate September 21st 2018

In Pictures from England on September 26, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Spent the day in Ramsgate last Friday, met up with some old friends who now live there. Before we embarked on an epic beer session, I had time to take a walk around. Ramsgate has not had much luck in recent years, with the closure of the ferries and nearby airport, but my impression was that it is on the up. With London now only 1hr 15 minutes away  on the high speed trains, it’s easily possible to live here and travel to London for work purposes. Perhaps not every day, because of the cost, but it’s no longer the 2 hour slog it used to be . Certainly was busy enough on a Friday, fewer shops empty or boarded up than I remember from my previous visits. The harbour area has a lot of new places to go to, including the massive Royal Victoria Pavilion, restored at huge cost and now a very large pub / restaurant with a balcony overlooking the beach.

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Elegant houses sit above the harbour. Karl Marx lived in one of them for a short time. Bet you didn’t know that!

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If you are in Ramsgate, I can recommend the Hovelling Boat pub in York Street, near the harbour. It’s one of the new old breed of pub which has no bar. You go in, to what seems like someone’s house, study the ‘menu’ and ask for what you want. You may have to ask some questions as the beers and ciders may not be familiar! They don’t sell lager or spirits, just beer, cider and wine.

Check opening times on their website http://hovellingboatinn.co.uk/ as they don’t stay open late during the week and are closed on Sunday nights.

Some more photographs at https://1drv.ms/f/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqhKVPbdI8IzJwJG9KMw

 

 

 

 

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Just a few pictures from my trip over to Royan earlier this month.

Traditional nets and cranes are still used by fisherman in these parts. These are fairly new but many are sadly no longer used.

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Traditional fishermen cabins Royan, France

This small beach just north of the town centre has the distinction (I found out later) of being the third public beach in France to be declared a non-smoking zone. It’s the Plage du Pigonnier, so if you like sit on sand rather than in a giant ashtray, this could be the place to go!

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Plage du Pigonnier, Royan, France

Further west are long stretches of sand in the towns of Vaux-sur-Mer and La Palmyre. Bike trails run all the way along the coast, sometimes beside roads, often on well maintained bike trails through the woods. They were very, very, busy the day I rode. I managed 22km before my knee started protesting. But I still had to ride back 22km to the ferry!

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Beach near Royan, France

As the ferry leaves Royan, there are some good views of parts of the town and the busy water. Most of the town, as I have previously written, was destroyed in a botched Allied bombing raid in World War Two, but to the east and west of the centre there remain many of the large houes with the distinctive tiled towers, built a century ago by the rich.

Royan, France, seen from the ferry.

This is a better picture, piched from a lettings website.

Typical villa in Royan, France

Gironde estuary at Royan, France.

The estuary was very busy with all kinds of boats, yachts, water skiers, jetboats and this great big ferry kind of pushing its way slowly through!

Busy water, Gironde, Royan, France.

Royan, France

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