I have just returned from a wet and windy weekend in Lyme Regis. The reason for the trip was to celebrate Christmas with family, albeit somewhat prematurely, as we will not be able to get together over the festive period. This year, we will be spending Christmas in India (the tropical paradise of Goa to be precise), where I hope to practise lots of yoga and spend some quality time with my family. For one reason or another, this has almost been mission impossible this year.
But getting back to the subject at hand... For those of you who have never been to or never heard of Lyme Regis, it is located in western Dorset, (approximately 55 miles west of Bournemouth; 25 miles east of Exeter, in neighbouring Devon, and 25 miles south of Yeovil in Somerset), on the stretch of the English coastline known popularly as the Jurassic Coast. It has been given this name due to the amazing amount of prehistoric fossils that have been discovered in the area and which has led to it being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The town has one of the oldest harbours in the country and is steeped in history. Tales of smugglers and secret passages are rife, and it is also the setting of several novels by Jane Austen. The author John Fowles used to write in his house that overlooks The Cobb (harbour) and one of his famous books, The French Lieutenant's Woman, which was subsequently made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, was set and shot on location in Lyme Regis and its surrounding under-cliffs. Fowles also penned The Magus; as well as one of my favourite scary books, The Collector; which I read when staying in a cottage in the town and which scared me half to death.
I was playing around with my new camera during the weekend, so here are a couple of pics of wintertime on the English seaside. I especially like the photo of the two elderly women enjoying their lunch on the seafront, despite the force 9 gale… Oh, so British! I would recommend visiting Lyme Regis during winter, as you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the place. It is like taking a step back in time!