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Friday, September 6, 2013

Exeter - Ancient Roman city!

My cousin works in Exeter, so we took advantage of a lunch rendezvous to visit this ancient city.  The original roman walls that encircled the city, as well as ruins of buildings, can still be seen in various areas.

This lovely cathedral was our view from the front terrace of our restaurant. 
The art on the grounds was somewhat reminiscent of the moose that dotted Toronto a few years ago.

 On our way down to the harbour, I spotted this charming pub tucked away down a narrow alley.
The ceilings at the old custom house at the harbour were hand carved and very ornate.

Being an animal lover, I was captivated by the graceful swans that swam in the river and sunbathed on the banks.

The harbour itself was a mix of old and new.  Note the glass staircase that joined two buildings, as well as the unique balconies that were originally loading bays.

Finally, lunch on this charming terrace....a thin crust pizza with prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and arugula....dee-lish!!!
Enjoying an in-depth conversation with my cuz.
I fell in love with the architecture on the promenade.  Too bad we had already had lunch, as I would have loved to eat in this pub.
After a hard day of walking and seeing the sites, we invited our Isle of Man traveling companions to join us for a simple shepherd's pie (made with beef, not lamb as is traditional...) and apple crumble.

Tomorrow: Market day in Ilminster and Barrington Court.

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