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Côte de Stokes Bay

Not quite the Mediterranean but it had nice feel to it in any case. This was the lunch stop on last Thursday's bike ride. Across the Solent, beyond the palm trees, is the Isle of Wight. We had already enjoyed morning coffee at Barnaby's, a community-run cafe in Swanmore and afternoon tea would be taken at Elsie's Traditional Tearoom in Botley, leaving just about 10km to home.

Côte de Stokes Bay

Not quite the Mediterranean but it had nice feel to it in any case. This was the lunch stop on last Thursday's bike ride. Across the Solent, beyond the palm trees, is the Isle of Wight. We had already enjoyed morning coffee at Barnaby's, a community-run cafe in Swanmore and afternoon tea would be taken at Elsie's Traditional Tearoom in Botley, leaving just about 10km to home.

comments (15)

It is beautiful, Alan! What a very "different" view from the norm... Nice comp!
Alan: It had a lovely feel . It was only the other diners on the outside patio that reminded me that we were in England.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 17 Jul 2017, 00:52
You are right, Alan, and you have a good eye!
Alan: It had a lovely feel . It was only the other diners on the outside patio that reminded me that we were in England.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:02
Jolie vue, j'aime les agapanthes devant les palmiers.
Alan: It was a lovely spot to linger over lunch.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:33
This really does have a feel of the French Riviera about it!
Alan: Merci mon ami. C'était un endroit charmant pour apprécier un rouleau de bacon très généreux.
Those palm trees totally throw me off, Alan, but what a nice view to the Isle of Wight.
Alan: A little touch of the Mediterranean; alas nothing like this either side of the cafe.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:59
We were taught about this in elementary school, there are palm trees in the South of the UK... who would have thought. It does give a Mediterranean look. What a view and what a delight to cycle here.
Alan: We had a fairly similar ride there in March when it rained all day. It did not have the same feel then!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 17 Jul 2017, 07:17
Well you could have knocked me down with a feather Alan, I was sure we were 'abroad'.
Alan: Well, the Gosport peninsular is a strange place; a legacy from when the area was full of Jolly Jack Tars.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Jul 2017, 07:31
This sounds like Dolce Vita with some Mediterranean flair indeed! A fine image!
Alan: We had a fairly similar ride there in March when it rained all day. It did not have the same feel then smile This time, we lingered over lunch on the outside terrace. Thanks, Philine.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Jul 2017, 07:32
I have once been in Torquay, atn the English Riviera.
Alan: The palm trees there are because of the relatively milder weather influenced by the Gulf Stream Drift/ The English Riviera was a very piece piece of marketing. Thanks, Philine.
I am used to seeing palm trees in South Devon but I have never heard of Stokes Bay. Looks nice!
Alan: Alas it is just a small section of the prom just about the width of the cafe, its outside terrace and the adjoining wine bar. Still very pleasant, though.
Très belle prise de vue ...merci
Alan: Thank you! I'm pleased that you like it.
Very nice place to enjoy lunch. One can just pick out the hills on the IOW.
Alan: The hills look quite innocent from this location. It's on the south side of the island that they are more like mountains.
Amazing and so surprising to see palms. Lovely shot.
Alan: A little touch of the Mediterranean; alas nothing like this either side of the cafe.
This does look 'abroad', Alan.
What a good job it was a rare occasion (this year) when the sun decided to shine smile

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