This is the Villa Marina Hotel in Paignton, South Devon.
It's a lovely building which, apparently, was built by Paris Singer
(of the famed Singer Sewing Machine Company) for Isadora Duncan,
with whom he was romantically involved.
And this is where we spent two nights , at the weekend,
to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
We had the top floor room.
You could be for given for thinking that we were in Paris!
However, the views in the opposite direction were very different...
And here's the view in the other direction...Brixham and Berry Head:
It being a very warm autumn, Paignton was still very busy, with many people
making their way to the pier.
Here are a few of the delightful sights of Paignton:
Candy coloured residences.
The blue and cream of the harbour area.
Not forgetting the steam trains.
I spotted this lovely vintage poster...where better place than Devon?
The next day we jumped on a bus to Torquay.
Walking around the harbour, we couldn't fail to notice the big wheel;
a real attraction for some!
However, on Sunday, the wheel was dismantled and it's not
yet known whether it will return.
Personally, I prefer this lovely old building, The Pavilion,
which has stood in the shadow of the big wheel, over the past few months.
I'm not sure what Agatha Christie (bottom left of the next photo)
would've thought of the big wheel...maybe she would write a mystery surrounding it!
(with rogues and scoundrels scrambling over the seats as the wheel
is in motion...you get the idea and can picture the scene?!!!LOL)
We had a lovely break; there's nothing like a bit of sea air to
freshen the soul!
And there's nothing like a line of beach huts to bring a smile to one's face
...is there?! ;-)