Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs And Bournemouth

Today was another glorious day from the start, so we decided to make full use of another Day Rover bus ticket for me, at £4.10. First off from the caravan site entrance was the number 40 to Poole bus station, where we disembarked straight into the queue for the number 52 from the same stand 15 minutes later. This is the direct bus to Sandbanks, which features heavily in the current TV programme Harbour Lives with Ben Fogle, which of course is all about Poole in general.

Above, behind Margaret is what has always been called "millionaire's mile", and has been home in the past for 60's singer Anita Harris, John Lennon's Aunt Mimi, which was bought by him as a gift for her. Past residents of the nearby area include Max Bygraves and Tom Jones. Current famous residents have included Harry Redknapp. Back in the 60's there were "out of this world" houses. These days they have all been replaced by equally expensive apartments, but more of them on the space available.

Above is Sandbanks Hotel. It backs right onto one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, and is the location of one of the best holidays our young family had in the 80's, as it is, (or was) very family orientated. This is also the place I stayed when I travelled alone for a summer holiday in the 70's, complete with Fletcher power boat and Ford Capri, where I met up with other friends from my Lake Windermere water ski club. I remember I quickly became popular with many of the young waitresses, who helped me celebrate my 22nd birthday in style while I was there.

OK you can have this laugh on me! Me in July 1976!

This is Canford Cliffs promenade. We decided the large house on the cliff top was somewhat out of our league. Then we thought some more and decided the beach huts were probably the same! This is the stretch I spent many a happy holiday as a child, always renting one of the beach huts for the duration.

Above is millionaire's mile from the beach.

Margaret tells me the blue flowers are Agapanthus. I thought they were as soon as I saw them 😂

Above we have now arrived in Bournemouth having taken the number 50 bus from Canford Cliffs. Bournemouth has always been a cosmopolitan town, and obviously still is, as we noted dozens of different languages being spoken. Not one of our favourite places due to its commercialisation, but it still has to be visited during any trip down here.

Time for lunch in the always good value no matter where you are - Weatherspoons.

A most unusual "ride" from Central Park - not my cup of tea.

Lastly Bournemouth Beach, and to be expected in such beautiful weather, was very busy. It was then time to catch the M1 bus directly back to Poole bus station, where, on arrival, the number 40 bus was already in the stand awaiting passengers to Lytchett Minster, (us), en-route to Swanage.

A great day out for £4.10, and of course free for Margaret.

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