No balloons today

Clifton Suspension Bridge

If you know your Bristol, you will recognise the above as the Clifton Suspension Bridge built in 1864.

There is a story, no doubt apocryphal, that in Victorian times a lady sightseer fell from the bridge but floated safely down with her voluminous skirts acting like a parachute.

More to the point, what are we doing here on a rainy afternoon when the view is poor?

The answer involves the Bristol International Balloon Festival that takes place this weekend. The hill from which I took the photo and which is home to the Clifton Observatory, is a good place from which to see the balloons. Or would be, if there were any balloons to see. Unfortunately, the sky is empty of anything resembling a balloon. Perhaps the gusty wet weather has brought a halt to ballooning.

Happily, the Observatory has attached to it a cafe and herein we have sought shelter from the rain. Later, when the rain holds off for a while, we will make a dash for the bus stop.

View

Tigger has just taken this view from outside the cafe. Maybe the weather will clear, at least for our journey back to town.

About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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