J. Dianne Dotson Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer, Science Writer, Artist.
My England Trip, Part Five: Exploring Bristol
J. Dianne Dotson – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer - My England Trip, Part Five: Exploring Bristol

After our Wales adventure, Gareth drove us back to England, to the city of his birth and much of his adult life: Bristol. We explored the harbor area of the city, which is surrounded by pleasant walkways and dotted with boats of every description.

J. Dianne Dotson – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer - My England Trip, Part Five: Exploring Bristol
Collage of Bristol Harbor scenes in Bristol, England. Copyright J. Dianne Dotson 2021.

Love Locks

We crossed a small bridge covered in “love locks.” As you can see on the other side of it, cafes and little shops are tucked along the water here and there. 

J. Dianne Dotson – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer - My England Trip, Part Five: Exploring Bristol
Love lock bridge in Bristol, England. Copyright J. Dianne Dotson 2021.

Eclectic Bristol

At this point, I had been in the UK for about 24 hours, and jet lag reared its head. I felt a little out of it, and it was a quite warm day. Still, I was energized by everything I saw.

J. Dianne Dotson – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer - My England Trip, Part Five: Exploring Bristol
Contrasting architecture in Bristol, England. Copyright J. Dianne Dotson 2021.

Take a look at the different building types in the picture above.

And now look at this.

J. Dianne Dotson – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer - My England Trip, Part Five: Exploring Bristol
New and old juxtaposing buildings in Bristol, England. Copyright J. Dianne Dotson 2021.

These pictures sum up Bristol rather well. Many quite old and grand cathedrals are juxtaposed alongside sleek and modern structures. In the case of the photo above, an obviously renovated and colorful apartment sits next to an older one from decades ago. 

My impression of Bristol is that it is a city unafraid of evolving. And given its history, this can only be a good thing.

Love in Stone

This very full day, in which I spent time in two countries, closed with another beautiful sunset. After that, we had dinner in Portishead again that evening. Later that evening, Gareth gave me the heart-shaped stone he had saved for me, that he had found on a beach weeks before. I truly felt that I was where my heart belonged, and with my person, and so there is more to this story to come…

J. Dianne Dotson – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer - My England Trip, Part Five: Exploring Bristol
Gareth L. Powell cradling J. Dianne Dotson’s hand, which holds the heart-shaped stone he found and saved for her visit. Copyright J. Dianne Dotson 2021.

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