Day 1 in Exeter: A New Outlook After Lockdown

It feel almost so surreal that many months have passed since the beginning of the pandemic. As lockdown begins to ease all over the country, I finally picked up the courage to go travelling again after months of staying firmly indoor. As much as I am excited to be out of London again, I am also telling myself to be extra cautious along the journey. Anyway, it was still exciting to be out on an adventure again! ❀️

Arrival at Exeter St Davids station πŸš‚

After a 3 and a half hours train journey (face mask on throughout 😷), I arrived at Exeter just around lunchtime. My hotel is very conveniently just right opposite the train station, so I was able to drop my luggage off in the room and then headed out to the city centre.

Lunch at Eat the Bird Exeter
Yummy!! πŸ€€πŸ˜‹

I chose to have my lunch at Eat the Bird Exeter after seeing it being recommended online. (Plus, I was oddly craving for a fried chicken burger! πŸ˜‚) I like the idea of ticking off the orders on the menu (reminds me of how we always used to do that in Chinese dim sum places haha.) It was nice to see how many restaurants are taking very nice approaches in dealing with the Covid-19 situation (such as staff wearing masks/visors and asking customers to leaving names and phone numbers to allow contact trace in the event of an outbreak), which really assures me and made me feel at ease about being outside. The food certainly didn’t disappoint! πŸ˜‹ I ordered their Double Dip fried chicken burger which was drenched in a rich gravy – absolutely love the crispness of the chicken! ❀️ But, for me, the highlight was that delicious mac and cheese (especially when drizzled with that spicy hot buffalo sauce! Yum! 😍🀀)

After a very filling lunch, it was time for me to explore the city. πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ But the first bump hit quick when I discovered the iconic Underground Passages (the place I was most looking forward to visiting) was indefinitely closed due to the pandemic. 😒

☹️☹️☹️

Nevertheless, my exploration of the city continued… πŸ˜…

Exeter Cathedral – the place is only opened to service today so will be back here again tomorrow
Perfect dessert after my lunch πŸ’› – until a seagull flew straight into it when I was about halfway through… πŸ’”πŸ’”
City bank
There are a lot of ruins dotted around the city – it’s so fascinating
Beautiful rainbow 🌈🌈🌈
Love the street art ❀️
Northernhay Gardens – FYI the seagull sitting at the top is not part of the memorial πŸ˜‚

After a brief nap back in the hotel, I visited the beautiful Exeter Quayside in the evening to finish the day. ❀️

Exeter Quayside
Walking into the sunset πŸŒ… with another ice cream in hand

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