Yesterday I filled you all in on the reason for my first ever trip to Exeter and the West Country: The South West Blog Social!
So today I want to share with you the beautiful town of Exeter! Of course, being The Hostel Girl, I booked myself in to a wonderful hostel for two nights instead of going straight home after the blog social so that I could take a proper look at the city. Tomorrow I’ll write up a review of the hostel, but today I wanted to show you round what I saw!
The first night I was absolutely knackered from the social (and a few great cocktails at Oddfellows bar!) so I was asleep by 11pm, which meant I had a full night’s rest for an early start the next day! The early start was helped by the most inconsiderate roomies leaving at 8am. Between three of them the door should only slam three times, but what with various showers between 7am-8am I’m also sure that they each must have left behind five objects each which they had to elephant-troupe back in to the room for. Cheers girls.
So I did the one thing that sorts me out in any mood…go for a big breakfast! And I mean…BIG!
I found Mango’s Cafe using the Exeter Trails maps I mentioned yesterday and I’m so glad I did! The cafe is on the waterfront along the River Exe but unfortunately the weather wasn’t too great so I couldn’t sit outside. The main waiter was very friendly and helpful though, even through all my indecisions about where to sit, and very sweetly told me I had made a “great choice” when I ordered the poached eggs, devonshire ham, and cheese on toast. He was wrong as it wasn’t even close to great… it was fabulous!!
Almost as fabulous as the cappuccino. The frothed milk was so thick it barely even wobbled, and with a light sprinkling of chocolate on the top the coffee tasted amazing! Later that day I sat out at the MC Cafe Bar & Grill for a cappuccino and it wasn’t nearly as nice – Mango’s all the way!
After Mango’s I was so cheerful – despite the rain! So I hiked up in to town (the streets are hill-eeee!) and got a little lost – in a good way! Some of the little side streets were so quaint I just let myself wander…
It was still pretty early by the time I got in to the centre of town, and I knew the Cathedral wouldn’t be open to the public until 11.30am so I headed towards the Royal Albert Memorial Museum which was so awesome! I’m not usually ones for museums but it was so interactive and full of kids. Usually a building full of kids would drive me mad but perhaps kids in Exeter are wittier than elsewhere as they were making some pretty hilarious comments, such as “hey dad, were there dinosaurs when you were little?” All kids are also given little suitcases to carry round which look like bees…yes, bees! So trying to move out of the way of zooming bees flying around the Roman ruins was pretty funny.
Did I mention the reception area of RAMM is pink? Bonus points.
After RAMM I finally headed to the famous Exeter Cathedral! I’m one of those travellers that just can’t get enough of old churches. There’s something about them that is just so mystical and enchanting, not to mention they are the most incredible works of art!
Exeter cathedral didn’t disappoint…
I was raised in church & sunday school, and even went to a Catholic school and college, but I don’t really have faith. Nevertheless, churches always inspire hope if nothing else so I lit a candle for my Nana & one for my family just to be on the safe side…
That night I went back to the waterfront and had the most amazing ravioli in the On The Waterfront… before heading to the Prospect pub with another hostel guest where we drank beer whilst a (I’m assuming drunken) local serenaded the guests sat outside in the sunshine with a particularly strong West Country accent!
Overall I had a spectacular time! In Exeter and topped it off by stopping off in Bournemouth to break up the drive home!
Did I miss any Exeter essentials?! Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love