Monday, 8 September 2014

A trip to Blackpool













Apparently Tam and I are not satisfied with just one summer holiday.  Anyway, June was aaaages ago.  It was still cold then!  We booked the Blackpool trip a bit last minute, mostly down to me being put in charge of sorting this holiday.  And if there's one thing I hate, it's sorting out the logistics of things.  I will do anything to avoid actually doing the really very quick and simple job of booking a couple of train tickets and a hotel room.  My brain dies of boredom.  But book it I did, and if I may say, my timing was impeccable.  This was our first holiday with no rain!  The weather was beautiful the entire week, we were very lucky.

Our hotel was directly opposite North Pier, another stroke of luck (or excellent planning on my part.  Yeah, that sounds better.)  It was the perfect place to have as a base, meaning we could wander the piers, catch the tram or peruse the charity shops easily and still have a rest before dinner.  We crammed so much into the four-and-a-bit days, but it never felt like we were overdoing it, especially when we were sitting on North Pier in the sunshine, drinking coffee (Tam), knitting (me) and listening to old time tunes.  Obviously there was plenty of visits to the amusements too - we had especially good luck on an ancient 2p machine in Fleetwood. These little things make me happy.

We rode the carousel and big wheel, went flume riding at the water park, paddled in the sea, ate chips, chips and more chips, raced plastic camels, took a tiny ferry, bought amazing cake from a wee village bakery, gingerly stepped out onto the glass floor at the top of the tower (one of us did anyway...and I got myself off it again pretty quickly), took pictures in a photo booth, took pictures everywhere actually, found so many old and interesting buildings, went insane collecting tickets from amusement machines, drank beer in the sunshine, sent postcards and generally had a merry old time.  Roll on the next holiday!

(p.s. Who remembers that Billy Connolly song about the wellies?  We had to learn it at school when I was eight and perform it at assembly - whilst wearing our wellies of course.)

:)

12 comments:

  1. Aw, I'm glad that you DID organise it as this looks like a lovely little break.

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    1. Me too, it was nice and relaxing :)

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  2. Oh, I loved Blackpool when I was there - I want to go back! Glad you guys enjoyed yourselves.

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    1. So do I, it's so tacky yet awesome :)

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  3. Looks lovely - I've only been to the theme park, looks like there's a lot of nice other bits to explore.

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    1. If you're into old buildings it's a gold mine! But I'd go back for the rides too ;)

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  4. These photos are lovely, it looks like you had a great holiday. I've never considered Blackpool as a destination, I went many years ago (with youth group when I was about 13!) and it was horribly tacky and tatty. I'm sure it's changed a lot in the past 20 years though!

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    1. Oh the tatty and tacky is definitely still there ;) but the nostalgia and historical aspect outweighed it for us luckily.

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  5. Oh it sounds fabulous, horay for last minute planning, I hate all the ticket booking to! Your piccys are really making me want to visit, as I haven't been in years it used to be a regular trip as kids to see the lights and eat chips by the sea, it was always freezing cold as I remember, but wonderful none the less!

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    1. I realised when we were there that it's always been freezing when I've been before too! Maybe our parents were all about getting a bargain off season holiday ;)

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  6. Aww looking at your pics is making me want to go back to Blackpool! We had a week there last year and said at the time, we need to book another week in the autumn for the illuminations - think it's going to have to be next year now but perhaps I can start planning it all early! :-) xx

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    1. Actually we booked then so we could go on the illuminations tour and ended up not bothering! We just walked part of the route instead. Any excuse for another visit tho! ;)

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