Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday 13th June 2016...Birthday girl and a new Country!!!

Today is Paola's 15th Birthday regular readers will know all about my connections with her for the last 7 years.....I hope she had a wonderful day and that all is well for her!!

I was on the road by 8.30 am and I had a drive of about 125 km..

My first stop was here to take photos and then for 1 pound drive over the bridge!!

10 facts about Clifton Suspension Bridge

Completed five years after the death of its creator, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the bridge opened on 8 December 1864. Here, we bring you 10 facts about the famous structure
Clifton Suspension Bridge, 1927 © Mary Evans Picture Library / Alamy
1) The bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge and River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset, weighs 1,500 tonnes, spans 702 feet, and sits 245 feet above the water below at high tide.
2) Described by Brunel as “My first love, my darling”, the bridge took 33 years to complete. The initial funding for the bridge was generated in 1754 by Bristol wine merchant William Vick, who left £1,000 in his will to go towards the construction of a toll-free stone bridge across the Avon Gorge.
3) In 1829, a competition was launched to find someone to design the bridge. Because a suitable plan could not be found, a second competition was held, and eventually 23-year-old Isambard Kingdom Brunel was appointed as project engineer.
4) According to Brunel’s original plans, both towers were to have an Egyptian style. “They were going to be decorated with iron panels showing the story of the bridge being built, and each one would have had two sphinxes sitting on top,” Laura Hilton from Clifton Suspension Bridge told BBC News. “When they started building they realised it was never going to be possible to put the decoration on, and Brunel redesigned the bridge in a plain format.”
5) Brunel died in 1859 aged 53. With financial help from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), work resumed on the bridge in 1862 under the supervision of Sir John Hawkshaw and William Henry Barlow, who modified Brunel’s original plan by widening the roadway and by increasing the suspension chains from two to three on each side. Construction was completed in the summer of 1864.
6) The bridge is made up of 3,500 load bearing bolts and vast chains that stretch 20 miles underground. The bridge’s wrought iron chains are those of the Hungerford chain suspension bridge that was demolished in 1860.
7) The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a Grade I-listed building.
8) It was estimated that up to 150,000 people packed the city streets to watch a procession marking the opening of the bridge in 1864. The celebrations began with a military display in Queen Square at 9.30am, and an hour later troops began a march along Broad Quay, Park Street, Brandon Hill and the Downs. Meanwhile, the procession of Trades and Friendly Societies – including the police, fire brigades, bricklayers and iron ship builders – assembled in the Old Market.
9) Until the 1930s, ‘daredevil pilots’ occasionally flew beneath the bridge in bi-planes. After this time, with the creation of faster planes, the practice became too dangerous.
10) Originally designed to cater for horse-drawn traffic, Clifton Suspension Bridge today serves as a crossing for more than four million vehicles every year.

The gorge was quite deep...

A few miles later I arrived for my first visit to Wales!!!

and then my next stop was here and Malc has loaned me his National trust pass which makes a good savings!!!

A very interesting site and I had it all to myself...

 Liked the waterfall...

Interesting to see all the road signs listed in both languages.....
Later in the afternoon I arrived at my air bnb stay..this one is a little different....about 8 homes in a small complex right by the estuary and the castle ruins....two rooms rented out and my room is small but lovely and great views  and the owners very kind....I have full use of the kitchen and of course the bath tub but no photos today of me in the tub!!!

I had arrived in the rain and it was still raining and my friend Anne had instructed me how i could watch the live soccer games from France on my computer, so I sat on the bed with a cuppa and did just that...

It was a good game and afterwards the rain had stopped and I went for a hike up to the castle which again I had to myself and was very well maintained...

 Great views from the castle walls

I then took a different path which brought me down to the beach and walked back home..

 THis pool is for use by my air bnb and also a few other homes in the complex it was heated but still too cold for me!!!
 This was better!!!

After I made a light dinner and a bath I sat down and watched another live soccer game on the computer!!!
This is where I am tonight..

Tomorrow I arrive at my 6 day house sit.....I enjoyed my first day in Wales!!!
Yashi Kochi!!


Peter Kouwenhoven said...

Felíz cumpleaños Paola! Welsh sure is a complicated looking language. Wishing you sunny skies...

mexicokid said...

you are right about the language not even a chance to understand it..yes hope the sun comes out cheers les

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