Thursday, 14 May 2009


The first time I went to Stonehenge was when the Tess of the d'Urbervilles TV series finished. At the end of the story, Tess and Angel go on the run and they are finally caught by the police at Stonehenge, where Tess is sleeping. Having read the novel as well I am convinced Tess is supposed to be a nature goddess.

It is the most famous prehistoric monument in Europe, if not the world, and there are always many tourists from all over the world who have come to see it. There has been much controversy over its future and the plans to build a new visitor centre.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

The Cobb, Lyme Regis

It's a wonky pier!

The Cobb in Lyme Regis has 13th century origins, although it was rebuilt in the 19th century. This is Daphne Du Maurier country and it features in the French Lieutenant's Woman (movie). I loved walking along the Cobb. It also in one of Jane Austen's novels, where one of her characters has an accident by falling off. It must have been built shortly before she was writing so would have been very popular in her day. Walking along it makes you feel like Jane Austen. You can imagine lots of elegant Georgian ladies taking the sea air and trying not to get their dresses splashed by the waves, which constantly come over the top, as is inevitable on such a curious piece of architecture. Lyme Regis itself is peaceful and exceptionally beautiful.