I arrived in sunshine and with a little help from the locals managed to find my hotel, The Ramada Bristol City Centre, without getting lost. When I'd booked my room I'd specifically asked for a quiet room and so was surprised to be in a room which looked right onto the main road with traffic whizzing about. I phoned reception and asked if there was another room. No problem it seemed and off I went to my new room. Boys came and after a quick phone call to the balloon company, we discovered that there was to be no ballooning that evening as it was too windy, so we headed out to wander about and go get something to eat.
It might have been too windy, but it was sunny and bright which was nice. I was most taken with this pigeon that was sitting right in the middle of the water in the fountain park, where the fountains weren't working to disturb its peace.
We ate at a rather interesting place called Zaza Bazaar, which is an all-you-can-eat of a variety of cuisine's. It was fun and the food was good, not 'fine dining' good, but tasty and well cooked with loads of choice. I'd definitely go there again. And then back to my hotel. I was going to drop my bag off and go down and get a glass of wine at the bar, but when I tried to turn the bedside light on it didn't work. Then the bathroom fan didn't work. I went down to reception and was offered another room, this one a twin, and as an apology for having to move they offered me a glass of wine!
On Saturday I woke to.... rain! The boys were off doing boy things and I was left to be a tourist for the day and then go for dinner with them later. I decided on something indoors to start to get out of the rain and set off for the Aquarium. As I stepped out of the hotel I couldn't help but notice what seemed like thousands of police. They were from West Mercia, Birmingham, South Yorkshire and Devon and Cornwall as well as the local Avon and Somerset brigade. I asked what was happening to be told that there was an EDL rally, an Anti EDL rally and Gay Pride. Not great news.
|If you look closely you can see loads of police vans|
Some of the fish looked like they'd had their stripes painted on with Tippex. Here's one that kept coming back to look at me:
When I got out of the aquarium the rain had pretty much stopped. I took a walk by the Gay Pride festival on College Green. It was colourful and the music was good and people were having fun, but I decided I'd head on up to the Clifton Suspension Bridge as I have a thing about bridges. I'm so pleased I did. It was amazing. Great views and totally incredible to think it's been around for so long.
|Clifton Suspension Bridge|
|The view from the bridge|
|all roads had at least 5 or 6 police blocking the way|
It went quiet as time went on and I headed off to meet up with the boys at their favourite Japanese restaurant, Masa. Great choice, fab food, brilliant company. What more could I ask for? Then it was time to say goodbye to them and go back for my final sleep in Bristol.
Yesterday I travelled back to Edinburgh and my man and I went out for dinner. That meant 3 dinners out in as many nights... but you won't find me complaining.
And so that was it. No ballooning, but some lovely meals and lovely times and great to catch up with both my boys. And now I'm back home in the Borders with lots of washing to do. That's the only problem with travelling, the mundane stuff I come back to.
I thought I'd add a pic of my boys just for the record. I don't know why but they always insist on making faces and doing 'shapes' whenever I take a pic, but I love them just the same!