Great Yarmouth

Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Well so much for relaxing in a little seaside village. Great Yarmouth is a coastal town, but it thrives on tourism. It is jam packed with attractions tourist traps and of course hordes of English vacationers. It is very similar to what we experienced in blackpool but with a little twist.  It is like someone took blackpool dusted it off and straightened its collar. Or with respect to the tourists, traded in the blue collar for a white one. We are sure blackpool as it is today far outdates the tourism of present day great yarmouth.  That may be why the tourism infrastructure here may seem cleaner and newer. With respect to the tourist differences maybe it is a west versus east coast divide or something. Not sure but both places have their charms.
We were expecting a quiet few days in a coastal fishing village but obviously missed something. We could not find a thing about this place in any guide book. Which is why we thought it would be quiet. Considering this place can be compared to blackpool it is baffling that it isn't given any attention.
We spent our first evening here just exploring all that we were surprised to see. The promenade, the markets, main streets, and the tacky tourist shops and attractions. The next day we took in some pirates cove mini golf (Megan let me win) and strolled the strip on the warmest (and brightest) day so far. Relaxing for the most part. Fabulous.
We had the most "English" food day to date. I had a traditional English breakfast and Meg had beans on toast, we both had fresh fish and chips for lunch (good but not the same without tartar sauce and ketchup), and curry for dinner. Quite nice. One of the strangest things happened today as well. For a few hours in the morning it was raining spiders. Baby ones, but spiders none the less. Apparently this time each year the spiders hatch and are blown with the wind everywhere. It was like it was out of a movie, thousands of people for as far as the eye could see brushing spiders (little baby ones but still...) off themselves and others. Not a good experience for an arachnaphobe but amazing to see.
The next day we further planned the Ireland leg of our journey, took in a movie as it was raining (oceans 13... Pretty good), and went to the olive garden for dinner, no not the chain (which we thought it was) but very good none the less.
Back to London!
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