The Clips and Trips blog was put together in preparation for our leaving the U.S. on an indefinite world travel adventure which started around August of 2009 and returned us home in December of 2012. If you want to see where it all began, read our mission statement from before we left.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
We love Bristol. We were lucky to meet up with our Scottish friends from Bangkok, Chris and Heather, while we were there. They took us around to some of the more interesting art neighborhoods and showed us why Bristol is known for its cider. Famous street artist, Banksy, is from Bristol and his work is all around. One of the neighborhoods called Stokes Croft has quite an anything goes artist scene emerging from its low income roots. Accompanying it, as often does, is a big eco-organic food scene. Quieter neighborhoods like Clifton balance out the city's feel. In the city center at Corn Street they've got top notch street markets.
Bath is a beautifully quaint historic city and a great escape from the urban monster of London.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The canal contains a series of locks (chambers with tiny dams on either side) that allow the boats to move to higher or lower parts of the canal. They operate the locks manually by hopping out of the boat and pulling the dam apart like a stubborn barn door. They open or close these locks to either empty or fill water into the chamber so that they can drive their boats in, then empty or fill the chamber depending on whether they're going up or down the canal. The boats are really skinny and two can fit in a chamber at the same time.