Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Day in Bristol: A Cute Town, Fab Raincoats & Girl Time

Last Saturday, I took a day trip down to the cute little town of Bristol, to visit Alexandra in her temporary corporate flat and hang out for the day. Her company placed her there for a few weeks, so we decided to take the Saturday to check out the town. 

We wandered the streets, checked out the town's shops, went for coffee, saw the landmark suspension bridge, and went for dinner and then wine by the harbour. Interesting fact: the town was originally called Bristow, which was an old word for Bridge. 

Highlights of the day included:

  •  The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery -- which is really well done, I think! They had sections on geology, dinosaurs,  Renaissance Art - and a beautiful tapestry that laid out the history of the town. My slideshow below has shots of the key points of the tapestry (see below). It also had a section on beautiful pianos. Every time I see a piano now, I wish I hadn't given it up ten years ago...a piece of me is longing to play again.
  • Buying a fabulous raincoat at a beautiful store called Yumi - I love it!

Sapna at the Suspension Bridge, Bristol (in Fab Raincoat)

  • Visiting the landmark suspension bridge

Alexandra at the Suspension Bridge, Bristol
  • Friska - A unique little cafe with amazing coffee and organic food
  • Having wine (which was okay) and amazing pizza at a placed called Pizza Provencale

On a side note, Alexandra may have helped me discover the UK's best credit card (I have been ranting for the last year and a half on how horrible the credits cards are here compared to my wonderful Canadian RBC Avion credit card). It seems that AMEX is the key here (although some companies don't accept it). The APRs here are ridiculous (29% is apparently an "offer" that Barclays sends me, for a horrible card with no valuable points). I'm considering either the AMEX Gold Rewards card (which seems to be the best deal, if I can convince them to give me one without being an EU citizen) or the AMEX Avios card. The  APR is 57%! Thank goodness I only use credit cards for their points, by topping them up and using them as debit cards!

Check out the slideshow of our day below!

I'm spending Easter Weekend sorting out the next steps in my life after my work contract ends in July - so a blog post on that, and possibly my UK pros/cons list, coming soon!

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