Three Night Stay in Bournemouth.
March 22-25, 2015:
On March 22, we headed to a hotel in Bournemouth for a 3 night stay with an ocean view.
Since we were on a tight budget, we searched high and low for a budget place to stay. We were told that Travelodge was a clean, budget hotel. We booked it on their website and it was really easy. Check in was very easy, but if you show up before their standard check in time then you have to pay a fee.
Luckily our friends drove us to the hotel so we didn't have to look into public transportation. Although if you were to use public transportation the website is here: http://bournemouth.co.uk/public-transport/ - This link will help you get to Bournemouth, by air, car, train, coach or ferry.
|Our room in the Travelodge hotel.|
|The moon square.|
|views of our walk downtown.|
Took a walk through the garden downtown, it was beautiful, and full of people having picnics. We enjoyed just walking around as everything felt very new and different to us. It was cool to listen to everyone's English accents. We knew we'd have to get used to the way people talk eventually.
|It was very retro in the arcade.|
|pictures of Charlie Chaplin.|
|The outside of our hotel|
|Our room for the next 3 nights with a view|
We woke up at 630am the next morning and decided to go for a walk. As much as we were enjoying ourselves we were feeling homesick and having second thoughts about moving to the UK. This is completely normal but we were a bit worried we made a huge mistake.
|A map of the area we were in. Here we are pointing at where we stood.|
|Down the stairs from the walk way to the beach access.|
|Look at those sandy beaches.|
|Mag Pies, apparently seeing two brings joy.|
|A hotel that reminded me of a B&B from Scotland we stayed in a few years back.|
|They split our pizza in two.|
Once we were done shopping, we parted ways with our friends and headed back to the hotel for the night. Watched some more TV, then had dinner at the hotel restaurant. They offered a veggie burger made with Linda McCartney's vegan patty. We had to ask for the mayo to be removed and no coleslaw. We got ketchup on our bun instead. Travelodge is pretty good for vegan options. Went to the beach to watch the sunset.
|Church on our walk.|
|Zoukinis - Vegetarian and vegan restaurant.|
|I loved the way the vines were growing up the house.|
The West Cliff Zig Zag, is the walkway that zig zags down to the beach. This was pretty close to our hotel. We ate our food at the park benches at the top and then went down to the beach.
|Start of the West Cliff Zig Zag walk way.|
|Another view of the water.|
|Dark clouds rolling in.|
This is the West Cliff Zig Zag from the beach.
|Walking out to the water.|
|Made our mark in the sand.|
Like most seaside resort towns Bournemouth has a pier. We walked out on the pier of course.
Thank you for reading. The next day our friends picked us up and we headed back to Dorset. They took us to the New Forest. Check out blog post "Welcome to the New Forest"