In one of his comedy routines, Eddie Izzard remarks, regarding the pilgrim voyage to America: “They sailed from Plymouth and landed in Plymouth – how lucky is that?” As always, Izzard brings the laughs, but it is kind of cool to stand on the place the pilgrims left from waaaay back in 1620. And you can, of course, do just such a unique activity while meandering through the boats and docks in the swarthy sea town of Plymouth, England. Sure, Plymouth is touristy, with markets and family-friendly Pavilions where you can ice skate and buy a fisherman magnet, but what’s most fun about Plymouth is wandering around and meeting some of the locals, who are a hardy and friendly bunch, at the local pubs in the evening. But totally walk around the Smeaton Lighthouse and the Barbican area, where you can take in historic architecture as you stroll toward the Plymouth Hoe (a name that prompted many giggles from my group of friends; yes, we were that mature:)) and watch the sprays of water surge from the wild Plymouth Sound. Check out the Royal William Yard if you’re into the history of the Royal Navy (or the Maritime Museum might do ya), and wilderness lovers can get some nature on the cheap at the expansive moor-like (Plymouth is near the moors – try to spot a moor pony!) Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, which overlooks the River Tamar. You can get some of the most delicious fish and chips in Plymouth, and let a local buy you a beer and have a chat – Plymouth is an enjoyable, laid-back town with a sailor’s swagger and plenty for any traveler to enjoy.
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