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Monday, June 30, 2008

North Sea Lookout


North Sea Lookout
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The Cleveland Way


The Cleveland Way at Robin Hood Bay, UK
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Robin Hood Bay, UK


Robin Hood Bay, UK
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The Jolly Sailors


The Jolly Sailors, Whitby, UK
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Whitby Harbour


Whitby Harbour
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Whitby Abbey


Whitby Abbey
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Fylingdale Moor, North Yorkshire


Fylingdale Moor, North Yorkshire
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Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Francis Tea Rooms, Scarborough, UK...Mmmmmm!!!





I finally realized my dream of having tea in the Francis Tea Rooms in South Steet, Scarborough, above which my daughter used to live while studying abroad in 2004. I can't imagine any tea room in the UK being more authentic than this place--Toasted tea cakes, toasts of all sorts including Buck Rarebit, delicious chutneys, scones with cream and preserves, all on a quiet back street behind the Esplanade Gardens and South Cliff. The owner, Wendy, was wonderfully hospitable, and even sat down for a few moments to reminisce with us.

All of South Street is undergoing a transformation with art galleries and boutiques popping up all over the place (see below). We met some long-time residents of Scarborough outside The Francis one evening. They had lived there since childhood and even remembered when the beach was strung with coils of barbed wire during World War II, to protect against Nazi invasion. One of the ladies told us that South Street was THE place to live in Scarborough during her childhood and said, "Fisherfolk like us weren't even allowed to cross the footbridge leading up to South Cliff!" Now that's it's returning to its former glory, I'm glad she gets to enjoy it these days!






English Robin


English Robin (finally one stood still long enough for me)
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On the Quay


Traps


Lines


Nets

On the Quay
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Grand Hotel, Scarborough


Grand Hotel, Scarborough
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St. Mary's Church and Castle


St. Mary's Church and Castle above Scarborough
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Rose, Esplanade Gardens, Scarborough, UK
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Scarborough Castle, Scarborough, UK


Scarborough Castle, Scarborough, UK
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