So the Tour De France travelled through Essex today, passing through Finchingfield, just a few miles down the road from where we live. I was going to go along with my camera, but saw some of the coverage of the race itself (as it went through Yorkshire) which very clearly passed by in the blink of an eye and decided I really didn’t want to spend a day fighting through crowds of people for just a few seconds of opportunity seeing the actual racers…so we went on our own tour into Suffolk.
We started off in Dunwich Forest, which surprisingly boasts Dartmoor Ponies as one of its residents, along with Red Deer. We didn’t see either, but saw thousands of butterflies and plenty of dragonflies wizzing around. We had fish and chips at Southwold…hence today’s shot of Southwold taken from the pier – a lovely seaside town…but extremely busy.
We finished the day out at Leiston Abbey, a mainly 14c ruined Abbey which we had seen in passing on a number of times but had just driven past – this was a mistake – it really was quite impressive, even though there’s is not that much left – originally it will have been a very impressive building.
Turning on the telly when we got home we saw Finchingfield – Look East were running their reports from there – they had estimated 5,000 had turned up…it was mobbed – getting any sort of view would have meant arriving very early – we preferred our trip to Suffolk.