Dan and I decided we wanted to get away for the weekend so we ended up making a day trip up to Bristol. Steve kindly let us borrow his car for the day so we didn’t have to take the train. We left Bournemouth around 9:15 and got to Bristol about 2 hours later. It was a lot colder in Bristol than in Bournemouth, but Dan and I walked around enough that we eventually warmed up a bit.
We started out by visiting the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. Bristol was heavily bombed during World War II and the museum had a really interesting exhibit on the Bristol Aeroplane company and how they were involved in the manufacturing of planes during the war.
After the museum, we walked to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, construction began on the bridge in 1831 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was completed after his death in 1859. The bridge spans 702 feet across the Avon Gorge.
Dan and I walked across, definitely not something to do if you’re afraid of heights. A popular bungee jumping point as well as a place to attempt suicide! According to Dan, people were surviving the jump because of the muddy estuary below so now the goal is to aim for the road beneath…
After we walked across the bridge and back, Dan and I walked up the hillside along the estuary to get a better view. There was a cave that you could go down through the cliff face, so we decided to give that a try.
Dan pretending to be a Chilean miner…
After the cave, I decided I needed a caffeine fix and a warm up after all that walking so we sat in Starbucks for a while, enjoying their seasonal drinks 🙂 After the coffee break, we went walking along the harbourside of Bristol.
As it started to get dark, we walked back to the mall and had dinner at Giraffe. Dan had a gigantic chicken shnitzel burger and I had an amazing sushi rice and smoked salmon salad. The mall and city centre were decked out in Holiday decorations and looked gorgeous once it started to get dark, I was especially impressed with the giant reindeer in the open air mall.
Dan and I were both exhausted by the time we drove home, but it was definitely nice to get out our Bournemouth for a little bit! Tonight, I have to start packing, 2 days and I’ll be flying to Minnesota!