An Afternoon in Poole

high street in Poole

We escaped to Poole yesterday as soon as the sun peaked out from the clouds.  It was only about 40 degrees outside with heavy gusts of wind, but the Brits saw some sunshine and everyone was outside.  Even a few brave souls were out in shorts!

We walked along High Street, which has both an “old” section dating back hundreds of years and a “new” section with modern shops and restaurants.

The historical section of Poole is along the Quay (pronounced like key).  The Quay is lined with ferry boats to Brownsea Island and a few Pubs that date back 500 years.  As soon as the weather is a bit warmer we will head over to Brownsea Island for some time in the sand!

 

Poole Quay

Poole Quay

 

Pubs along the Quay in Poole

Pubs along the Quay in Poole

 

While in Poole we also struck up a conversation with the Town Crier…yes, apparently they still exist!  This wonderful gentlemen has been the crier for Poole for the past 55 years and started when he was 15 years old.  He was in a local church choir and was chosen for the job.  His enthusiasm and happiness was contagious!  He has us all laughing and smiling in the few minutes we had to speak with him.  His goal is to serve for 60 years and retire when he turns 75.  Something tells us he will make 60 years on the job easily!

town crier

 

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