Monday, 22 April 2013

Catching up - Torquay & Agatha Christie, part 1

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted.  I've caught a bug a couple months ago and still haven't really recovered from it.  As such I've gotten behind on most things!

Back in March we went away for a few days to Torquay with Dusty dog.  The weather was atrocious but we had a great few days.  We stayed at the Imperial Hotel, which has dog-friendly bedrooms and also has an Agatha Christie link - not only for her Torquay links but also because she based many of the hotels in her books in her version of the Imperial - and me being a HUGE Christie fan I was very happy to have that link.

The hotel's public areas are really beautiful

It's also the start of the "Agatha Christie Mile" which runs from there to the Grand Hotel.

We had an amazing view from our room:

this photo was our one clear dry evening

Next door to the hotel is a darling little bathing cove where Agatha herself used to bathe

and these days you can also find the Living Reef - which looks rather Jurassic Park-ish, but no pterodactyls, rather lots of sea birds

I hadn't visited Torquay since I was a tween, and of course it being the off-season it was rather quiet

The pier would be lovely in sunshine

Sadly we couldn't go into the Royal Pavilion as it's being renovated inside, but it's a beautiful building from the outside

The rocky coastline near our hotel was stunning

Part of the Agatha Christie mile, a bust of Agatha herself can be found nestling in a tiny oasis garden

More tomorrow on our steam train trip to Greenway, Christie's holiday home. x

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