Visiting Bristol, UK

Did you visit London recently?

To be honest, I mean not only London, but it can also be Paris, Prague or Lisbon, for that matter.

It is a nightmare, there are people everywhere, I barely can’t walk and I definitely won’t have a nice stroll to enjoy the area.

At least that is not for me.

Naturally, none of those situations will prevent me from being there if I need to, but these kinds of well-known destinations are not on my “have to visit” list of places.

The reasons for this influx of people to known destinations are several and widely known: nowadays traveling is fashionable, it is easier as it never was before, more affordable for more people than ever before, and you can also add there are trillions of people writing about the wonders of traveling like I’m doing here.

What are the alternatives?

Recently I made a break to a London visit and head west to Bristol.

For no particular reason. Was son’s suggestion, he said he was never there, he wanted to visit a famous urban art street, and it just felt right.

We took the train and there we went.

On my way there, I took the opportunity to start learning a bit about the place, get an overview of the city.

I can’t remember reading something that stood out, there was nothing in particular that grabbed my attention.

Although that did not bother me, I can’t say I was too happy about it.

When I got there it took me a while to realize I could walk on the streets without bumping to people all the time, as it happens in the center of London.

I was photographing buses, streets and all that in a relaxed way.

Bristol has a waterfront in the center of the city. The docks are part of the busy area, although its not that busy anyway.

Why is this important?

Not everybody feels comfortable to be on shady and isolated places like some docks, although these places are usually quite attractive for photography. So, having the opportunity to be on docks without that unresting feeling is a plus.

What I also realized is that there are not that many tourists and you mostly find local folks on their daily routines, which makes it more authentic.

I’m not saying there are no tourists, yes there are, but not in an annoying number.

Just to mention a few places I visited:

        • North Street – urban art, many amazing wall paintings;
        • M Shed Museum – a museum all about Bristol’s history;
        • Clifton Suspension Bridge – for some cliché photos;
        • Waterfront area – is the unavoidable busy area.

During the time I spent in Bristol I felt I had more space, there were fewer people around me, I felt more relaxed and consequently more inspired.

It was a very nice experience I recommend.

Most of my tourism-related professional life is spent on “off the beaten path” places, and sometimes it takes one visit to one of the well-known cities to appreciate even more the quieter locations.

Next time you think about traveling, you might want to give an opportunity to a less known place.

Have fun and enjoy your day.

David Monteiro