Plymouth in County Devon
We planned to spend the week at the Whitsand Bay Hotel in Portwinkle in Cornwall. We spent one night there; but, with no internet service, Buddy was anxious to depart. A nice lady named Helen in their office was very helpful. She let me use her computer to book a new hotel since I didn’t have internet on my computer or my phone. After battling train delays and cancellations due to winter storm Brian, on our journey to Cornwall, we were happy to finally be settled in Plymouth.
I wouldn’t describe Plymouth as a pretty city. The Plymouth Hoe (Hoe is a Saxon term for high ground) is very nice on a warm sunny day and the Barbican area with its marina and shops is interesting. Our hotel, the New Continental was modern and comfortable and located within walking distance of the city center, Barbican and the Hoe.
After the wonderful shopping in Leeds, Plymouth was a disappointment. Its city center is a large pedestrian area with several streets, but the shops and restaurants need updating. We were also not impressed with the food. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Barbican and found both restaurants mediocre at best. Our best dining experiences were the Revolution, purveyor of interesting cocktails and fall off the bone ribs, and Bella Italia, a busy Italian restaurant serving a very tasty beef and red wine ravioli with Bolognese sauce. Two good meals in six days isn’t a good record. We hope for better luck in Canterbury.