21 October 2015

Photo Diary: Exploring Bristol

Being Reunited


Recently I spent a few days in Bristol visiting my friend, I had never been here before so I was not only excited to catch up with her but also get the chance to explore this creative hub of a city together. She lives right in the centre, so it was perfect just to enjoy a little lie in each morning and face the day filled with talkative strolls, window shopping, constant discovery and of course coffee. It was all very chilled but that was just how I wanted it to be.


First Impressions


I stepped out of Temple Meads station around lunchtime and headed towards Starbucks, I actually headed the long way around because my GPS wanted to play games with me but I wasn't at all phased as I was busy absorbing in the city at every corner I passed. I grabbed my skinny latte, sat outside, read Harry Potter and waited for my friend to finish her lecture. When I locked arms with my bessie we headed straight to hers, we passed a beautiful harbour filled with colourful boats and tall buildings. Every corner revealed something new; grand Victorian houses, uneven cobbled roads, crunchy autumnal leaves, graffiti walls and beautiful parks. The main harbour had a row of restaurants, hotels and cafes lined beyond the water and the lights and decoration showed just how unique the city is. It reminded me of Bath but a much more high paced and modern version. I just knew I was going to love it here.


The Cathedral


Bristol Cathedral is situated among a beautiful park, if you lived here you would probably want to be outside as much as possible because it's such a lovely place. The cathedral is vast, beautiful and free! I'm not religious myself but I have such an interest in experiencing and appreciating architecture like this. It's well worth the look around, or even walk along beside it among the falling leaves, benches and rows of bikes. It's all these little things which really makes a difference within cities, creating a more natural and peaceful place to escape the city streets.


Shopping


Bristol is perfect for shopping trips, the streets are filled with big shops, independent stores and plenty of places to get your hands on a coffee. The Primark is huggeeee and it was just lovely to stroll around and window shop, I also fell in love with a coat from Zara and it turns out it was half price online - shout of to the lady who told me that! Nice people are the one. I loved Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and would definitely recommend it. I found Tiger and surprisingly it was the first time I've ever been in one; it was filled with stationary, homeware and bits and bobs you quite frankly don't need but hell, you sure want it. I mean look at THOSE CUPS.


The art


There's no doubt about it that Bristol is well known for its creative outlook, not to mention that this is Banksy's birth place. I was fascinated by the inspirational graffiti scattered across the city with its symbolism and colours branding the city. The architecture, street signs, coffee shops and even people colouring in the street floors, it was an art form of a city which will certainly stay with me. I actually thought that girl on the swing was by Banksy but it turns out  the artist is JPS, the photo pictured above shows a Banksy piece within The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (also free).


Christmas steps


I wanted to mention Christmas Steps as this is a historic street within the city centre and it was something I really admired and it really cemented my love for the city's identity. It really is just that, a set of steps, you'll just have to go check them out yourself and get back to me with your thoughts! At the bottom of the steps there's a pub with black panels and it has a generally dark and unique presence and I instantly thought that maybe, just maybe I was in Diagon Alley. 


The Warehouse and coffee shops


If you walk up the Christmas Steps you'll actually come across The Warehouse, an independent, quirky and cosy cafe serving food, coffee and cake. It was very charming and I had an extremely moist and generous slice of carrot cake, followed by a latte (obviously). Check it out if you go, you won't regret it. Every coffee shop looks amazing and I wish I could have visited them all - comment below your favourites in Bristol! If you're a cocktail lover, you should definitely take yourself down towards the harbour and order a Strawberry Mojito at Turtle Bay, quite a busy environment but exquisite cocktails - I nearly got the espresso martini but I guess I was just being too boring at the time!


Markets


One thing I absolutely love is markets and St Nicks Market was a genuine treat. We also managed to catch the street food market on the 16th of October, although very crowded, there were so many stalls with very hungry people, strings of lights, tables piled with cupcakes and music. On the way home, we thought we would treat ourselves to two doughnuts; the man gave us seven and I couldn't help but think this was such a perfect end to the most perfect trip.

Hannah x
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24 comments

  1. Oh that looks absolutely fantastic. You just made me want to write Bristol down on my travel bucket-list ;)

    Love, kerstin
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  2. I've never been to Bristol but your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Especially of the cathedral!

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  3. Lovely photos! I've never been to Bristol, but It's defiantly on my list for places to visit. I need them mugs from Tiger.

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  4. Lovely post to read - plus your pictures are gorgeous! I'd love to visit Bristol one day.

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  5. I love Bristol and everything it has to offer - one of those cities I think I'd so happily live in! :) Alice xx

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  6. It sounds like you had the most delightful days in Bristol! The pictures you took are absolutely gorgeous. I've never been to Bristol, but I'd love to visit now!

    Love, Layla Rosita

    PS. I want those doughnuts!

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  7. I live in bristol, the shopping is brilliant isn't it?! so many good shops! xx

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  8. I love the graffiti it's gorgeous! Haha I can relate to taking the longer way somewhere because of your GPS, it seems to happen everywhere I go. Bristol looks beautiful I'd love to visit one day!

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  9. Sounds like you had a super lovely trip! It reminds me of Cambridge a lot, the traditional cobbled roads and cathedrals! x

    Hannah x hannatalks

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  10. I've only been in Bristol once for an interview and didn't see half of this but you are making me want to go back! Love the photos!

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  11. wow pistol looks gorgeous! id love to go sometime

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  12. I love Bristol, I have only been there once but I'd love to go back! Your photos look so so beautiful by the way :) xx

    Ana xo
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  13. Bristol sounds like a really lovely place to visit, plus it looks beautiful and like there's plenty to do! The doughnuts too... (Insert heart eyed emoji) haha

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  14. Ah, the hallmark of my ignorance, but I had no idea Bristol is Banksy's birthplace. I should've made the connection once I saw the ingenious streetart, really. What a great place, Hannah, it must've been amazing experiencing it in first person. I'm not too religious myself, but I LOVE cathedral architecture!

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  15. Never been to Bristol despite knowing a few people that are from there. Never realised how pretty it was. I love those colourful houses! :)

    Ashleigh x

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  16. I've never been to Bristol but I now want to. It looks so different that I imagined. I'll have to have a weekend away now.

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  17. Bristol is one of my favourite citys! It has everything you'd expect from a city but it is also really chilled and relaxed. Glad you had a nice trip! x

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  18. Your blog is looking incredible darling! I have only been to Bristol once and adore the markets but I definitely need to explore more as there are so many gems xxx

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  19. Wow loved reading this post and the pictures are amazing!

    xoxo Emily
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  20. This is such an amazing post! I've never visited Bristol, but if I do, I won't need to worry about finding things to see and do now! x

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  21. Bristol's such a beautiful city! The art there is spectacular <3 and those mugs! Must get my hands on it (hehehe) x

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  22. Love this post! your pictures are so cute! xxx

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