Around The Area...
Here, I captured the sight of the fountain again...Nice huh ? There's a gardener working in the area, we ended up talking.
He urged me to stay longer in Bristol but I said that I had to move as 2 friends were waiting for in The Cotswolds ! [Please click]
The Old Harbour
While on the north side of the Floating Harbour - the Harbourside - there are big redevelopment projects the southern part still has the old harbour feel. Not for long though, some of the old warehouses will soon be converted into other uses, like the Bristol Industrial Museum that is located in an old warehouse (and was under reconstruction in Feb. 2007).
Until this happens you can wander around old warehouses and railtracks. As a train enthusiast for me the short walk here was worth just to take a photo of the "Trains and Pedestrian have priority" sign ;)
I took the photo of the old crane and few days after I returned to Zagreb the Discovery Channel had a programme about these devices and showed the Bristol crane as one of the first steam-operated cranes and - more surprisingly - the one that still works. They lifted a cargo rail car using just the power of steam! Hope this monument of early industrial design will be preserved!
The heart of Picton Street
Licata's is a family-run Italian - or strictly speaking Sicilian - grocers shop. Pasta, olives, salami, that sort of stuff. A general grocers shop, please. This is not, heaven forfend, a deli. There is no vast and baffling array of esoteric sausages and such: simply a very good basic selection (but including such items as proper Italian salted lard). There is, natch, a lot of pasta to choose from, including the top-quality Barilla stuff: their own-brand canned tomatos (including canned cherry tomatos) but this is emphatically somewher simply to buy day to day groceries, albeit one perhaps acceptable to someone who doesn't suffer the gastronomic handicap of being English. The family are properly bilingual in Italian and Bristolian and the shop has been there ages, well before Picton Street became fashionable and started sprouting retro clothes shops. Coffee, pasta, (Fusilli today), a couple of cans of tomatoes, a bunch of coriander, some mushrooms, a lemon, and a packet of Garibaldi biscuits. (named after the famous Italian patriot Giuseppe Biscuit...Licatas don't have a huge range of English biscuits, concentrating more on amaretti & so on, but charmingly does sell Happy Shopper brand Garibaldi biscuits* And their home-made tiramisu is pretty damn fine.
*Named after the famous Italian patriot Guiseppi Biscuit. Well, I get through a lot of coffee and the kilo bags of beans are an absolute steal. Otherwise Licata's is neither cheap nor expensive. But it does give good value.
Get to Bristol by Air (The...
Get to Bristol by Air (The Airport is about roughly an hours drive from city centre), or by Train (Temple Meads - the main railway station is next to the city centre, or by Road (Get to the M32 from either M4 or M5).
Bristol city has a very good Bus service that runs through all parts of the city. There are trains that connect certain parts of Bristol too, while taxis can be found in many places.
Rajdoot Tandori Indian...
Rajdoot Tandori Indian Restaraunt.
A very tastfull restaraunt with superb service, and very helpful waiters. Chicken Sekwa - Nepalese Speciality - Whole breast of chicken marinaded in spiced and herbed lemon juice with ginger, garlic, fenugreek