Monthly Archives: September 2015

England’s Bay of Naples :Weymouth, Dorset

Firstly let me confess that the title of this post is not original. I have never been to Bay of Naples other than giving it longing glances in magazines and web. While I was researching on Weymouth’s history to write this post, i came across this classic analogy and couldn’t resist borrowing it; and by Jove, it truly befits.

Weymouth is a beautiful seaside town in the county of Dorset on the south coast of England. Historically it holds its significance being one of the important port towns of England. Today its probably the Top Three most popular beach destination for Brits when the sun shines abundantly.

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The beautiful pebble beach of Weymouth

The Jurassic coast , a World Heritage Site runs along Weymouth. This is home to some of the most beautiful sea views, flora and fauna. However in the town one can enjoy lazing around and walk on the beach.

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View from the Beach

I had no plans to visit Weymouth. My plan was to go for a hiking day trip to Lulworth cove via Poole. Since i missed my train and ended up catching another wrong train, I landed up in Weymouth. Dressed for hiking, i walked like a comical overdressed baboon on the beach. It was a hot day and my boots were like a furnace boiling my feet. Thankfully there are enough shacks of icecream and juices to cool you a bit.

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Not only icecream you can grab your sand shovels, pick one of those peppy umbrellas. Kids would love this.

What i admired most about the Weymouth beach was the white pebble spread. They looked like a million eggshells together.

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Conversations!

Half day over, i took a stroll into the town in search of food. What briefly i read about Weymouth was that it was quite famous for its fish and chips. Well, almost every seaside town in England writes that, anyhow i wanted to honor the dish of the land. By Jove again! it was worth it.

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Highly recommend to pop into one of these seaside joints and have the large cod fish and some thick fat chips. Carb overdose, but loved it!

Contended with my meal, which i struggled to finish, I googled on what else I could visit in Weymouth. Apparently there was something called Sandworld which i read as quite a recommended place to view sand sculptures. I decided to find it which was around 20 minutes walk. Though it was very sunny and I was boiling in my non beachy attire, I made it to Sandworld. It is housed in an amusement park kind of place which has many other attractions. There was an entry ticket.

I recommend this as it had some really good work by renowned sand sculptors.

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Sir Winston Churchill. Yes he did look like this when he was really old.

Ok if this didnt appeal you then how about this!

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Lewis Hamilton, home grown Merc F1 champ

Ok, guess you must be finding this boring, then how about this!

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The Fab Four from Liverpool. The Beatles!

Yes there were many others. Political, historical, modern day celebs carved in sand. I could fill my post with them, but i will show one more, which probably is my favourite.

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A master work of art of the Master of Literature. Famous sculptor Wilfred Stijge depicts here a composition from three plays of William Shakespeare. For you to guess which ones are those!

I walk back to the town. I had an hour to catch my train back home. As i walked back to the beach to go to the town, I clicked this beautiful Jubliee Clock in bright red. Built in 1887 to commemorate the 50th year of Queen Victoria’s reign.

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The Jubliee Clock

On the other side of the town is the short river Wey. A road bridge built on it which is raised to let the ships pass through. Its a sight something similar to the Tower Bridge in London. From the Bridge are the lovely views of the boats parked and people thronging for river cruises.

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The bridge that was raised and now leveled for the traffic to resume.

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The Bay area with ships and cruises

The rocky Isle of Portland is very close to Weymouth. Seeped in history, its also a place to explore if you are in Weymouth. There are ferries from Weymouth to Portland which one must do. I couldn’t because of paucity of time. So i decided to say goodbye to a very lovely day in this beautiful town. While it was a totally unplanned visit because of missing one train and hopping to another wrong one, I can now only say, sometimes Mishaps are beautiful!

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Couldn’t miss clicking the railway platform. It was one of the most beautiful i have seen in England. Weymouth, you are beautiful everywhere!

Notes for Travelers

  • How to reach – There are direct trains from London Waterloo to Weymouth. Most of the main cities are connected with direct or have indirect connections via Poole or Winchester or Bournemouth. I took a train from Reading-Winchester-Weymouth. More details for travel refer the link http://www.visit-dorset.com/plan-your-visit/travel-information/getting-to-dorset
  • What to eat – Hands down fish and chips. Other than that anything that you please. Dont miss ice-cream on beach. Nothing special about them, just for the experience on a sunny day on beach
  • Where to stay – There are lots of beach houses and shacks along the beach which you can book for a day in advance. Other than that the town has many hotels. You can try staying in cheaper towns nearby as well or Dorchester. Link for reference http://www.visit-dorset.com/accommodation
  • What to take home – Not really sure what to recommend. There doesn’t seem to be a specialty here. The beachside is lined with souvenir shops which were selling almost everything that you find around the world in souvenir shops. As always I picked a pretty fridge magnet for my memories.
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Budapest by Night!

Its no Las Vegas, no Dubai, nor a Japanese spangled city.

This is the snazzy, flamboyant and ‘youthful’ historical city of BUDAPEST!

Of all the East European capital cities I have visited, my favorite stands the Hungarian capital city. It resembles Prague in many ways; however I felt Budapest to be so congenial, a city that seemed to be speaking to me through its streets, the beautiful Danube, the different shades of its vast skies and its glittering nights.

Every traveler has to ‘consume’ Budapest at night. Its a Must. The city changes its mood, sheds its formal day clothing and starts the night long party. River Danube glitters with centuries old historical jewels on its banks. I spent three hours at nightfall sitting by the banks of Danube admiring, clicking and not getting enough of the lovely views. A dreamy hour of river cruise, what I would say was one of the best I have ever done. Here are my pictures of Budapest at Night, a must do!

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Iconic scene, most clicked and most loved. Chain Bridge on River Danube. In the background is the illuminated Buda castle.

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On the banks of Danube, a glittering monument

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St Stephens Basilica. A massive structure with busy eating joints around it.

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Hosok tere: Heroes Square known for its imposing statues and the column of victory. A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Archangel Gabriel holding the holy crown of Hungary. Quite an impressive sight when you zoom in your lens.

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The left colonnade of statues of statesmen at Hosok tere

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And the right colonnade of imposing statues.

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The statues at the Basement of the victory tower of 7 chieftains.

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Back to Danube. In the background you can see the Mathias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, churches and the illuminated streets

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One of the most impressive structures of Budapest, The Buda Castle in the Castle District. The lit up castle was truly a fantastic site from the other side of Danube

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While Chain Bridge hogs all limelight, there are many more beautiful bridges on Danube. A night cruise will take you underneath many of them.

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And my favorite, The most beautiful monument in Budapest which dazzles both at night and equally at day, The Parliament. Gothic architecture at its best!

Note to Travelers

  • River Cruise on Danube can be purchased from any operator which you will find at all tourist spots. Some of them are operated by the City Sightseeing Tours which i took as well. Cruise prices vary according to timing and also according to the services. The one i took was at 10 pm and the duration was 1.5 hours. It costed 4200 HUF, around 12-13 Euros. They served a welcome drink (champagne) and another drink of your choice. There are options of dinner and music as well.
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