Sunday, 7 April 2013

Torquay~A Seaside Town...

... I love everything about this town! ...

... Torquay is situated in what is called the "English Riviera" and could easily be one of those destination points that you keep returning to!... This is also known as "Agatha Christie country" for those intrigued
by her many books on crime and by the subsequent TV shows that followed ... My walk to town  took me past the Torquay harbour (bottom left) and sight of the quaint charm of this seaside town emerged (bottom right) ...



...This is a "picture perfect" town, with it's  marina (below left) ... and  backdrop of gleaming  white buildings (below right) ... such a relaxing joy to walk the marina and the surrounding area...



... Shadowing the marina (below left) is the lovely Torquay Pavilion with its Victorian architecture ... this unique shopping Pavilion was once the hub of "social" venues for music and concerts, and some time ago, Dame Agatha Christie regularly attended concerts here (lower right) ...



... The interior of the Pavilion is every bit as interesting inside as out... The upper floor eating area (below left) offers a great artistic "ambience"... I thoroughly enjoyed my tea and scone with strawberries & clotted cream  in this setting ... all the while taking in the detailed  pillars, mouldings and stained and frosted glass windows (lower right) ...



... Through the glass doors (lower left) was a roof top patio to take in the fresh sea air, if one desired ... and more Victorian details are repeated on the lower floor retail space ... a great setting for artisans to display their work (lower right)...It's rather interesting to me that this was all once Agatha Christie's "playground".... hmmm ... much food for thought!..(if you're an Agatha Christie fan!)


... The view of the pavillion (below left) from Princess Park (named after Queen Victoria's fourth daughter Princess Louise), with a closer look at some of the pavillion details (below right)...




... This ornate fountain in Princess Park (lower left) was an absolute delight for me, as it's base featured some extremely ornate and guilded 'classical dolphins (lower right) ... I've always been attracted to these and have incorporated them into a wall mural I did in a private residence back in Canada ... These gardens were also a setting for a scene in "Hercule Poirot" as well as being a feature of both the Agatha Christie Mile and the Agatha Christie Literary Trail.



... During my  Exploration of Torquay I couldn't help but capture a couple of quaint churches (one finds many, many churches and cathedrals in England) ... Below left is St. Luke's perched on its small hillside and below right is St. John the Apostles, which can be seen from many vantage points in Torquay ... exploring  old churches would be a major part and passion of my "England" experience....



... Everywhere you looked ... there were great architectural buildings .... This clock tower (below left) stands in the town square, and (below right) once housed the Devon and Exeter Savings Bank but is now known as Banx Coffee Bar, just a delightful old building ...



...A visit into the heart of town was in order to find a few "special" bits to take home.  It is here I found a most marvellous drawing set with graphites and charcoals in a lovely wooden case. One of my most prized "finds" and a pleasure to use in my work...



... And of course I had to visit Torre Abby which is Torquay's oldest building, dating back to 1196... unfortunately it was under reconstruction and I could not get inside (below left and right)...




... (below left) A delightful night view of Torquay overlooking the seawall walk ... lit up with thousands of coloured lights... and alas, lower right, I await the train for the next leg of my journey ...



... Even the platform (below left) at the train station in Torquay exudes that old Victorian charm, with its painted wrought iron gussets, hanging plants, and well preserved buildings ... Here I sit, below right, putting in time ... wondering what palette waits to greet me around the next corner to bring inspiration to my artists eye ...



... Hope you've enjoyed my ramblings, and will join me in upcoming posts as I travelled through England ...

1 comment:

  1. I commend your creativeness and concepts with this etched glass door by taking simple to get materials. that is amazing! Hopefully, I will try this in my storeroom Doors for my room.

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