A favorite place
January 15, 2010 2:43pm CST
When I moved where I live now I often liked to sit on Weston super Mare Pier. I enjoyed fine coastal views from it. It was sad news when I heard it had been badly damaged by a fire. Its owners are currently rebuilding it. On my driving lesson today I drove past it today and it is gaining shape. It is hoped it will be re-opened on 25th June 2010. I shall be able to go back that favorite place of mine when I get home from my trip to Canada. A pier is a structure that is built from the street, across the beach and into the sea. It is on high stilts. Lovely coastal views can be enjoyed. There are many different piers in my home country. Clevedon Pier is a Victorian pier with a tea shop at the end of it. I remember spending a delightfully sunny early autumn afternoon on it. That was a blissful experience. Do you have a favorite place in your local area? If so what is it? If so what is special about it?
• United States
15 Jan 10
Splendid explanations and questions. You must miss your pier. I'm sure you'll have a great time in Canada. Hope you go to a Province I haven't gone to, come back, and tell us about it. My favorite place is Au Sable Chasm. I love to walk the chasm. It's really, really neat to see the way the river carved the walls. The walk is nice. It's great to go with my husband on a hot day because it's so much cooler there. The walk used to be nicer, it used to be more down into the Chasm with everything strategicly placed to see the best part of every wall. But there was a flood and now it's up higher, safer, and you miss some of the beauty under foot. Sometimes we go on the raft ride in the river, that is even more beautiful, but it depends on how much money we have and if the raft ride is calm or more like white water rafting. We don't white water.
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 10
Thanks for your wonderful comments. Yes, I miss my local pier very much indeed. Seeing it today made me feel happy because the new structure is coming along superbly. Due to icy weather it will be opened about one month later than was planned. Wow. Au Sable Chasm sounds incredibly special. It is interesting to hear how the river changed since you first began visiting it. A boat trip on calm water can be enjoyable. On white water it would be rather exciting but a bit dangerous I imagine. Yes, I am really looking forward to my trip to Canada.
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Jan 10
Reminds me of when the Santa Barbara pier was damaged in a fire. We used to go there a lot when we were in So. Cal. Favorite places now? To walk to at lunch, Lake Natomas. To drive to on the weekend, San Francisco or Lake Tahoe. San Francisco has a lot of things to do and Lake Tahoe is just beautiful!
16 Jan 10
I moved to live near the sea this year and I love it. It's almost like going back to my roots, although I had to compromise on which bit of seaside it was. In our locality we have a tiny wooden pier that fishermen use, and some people swim from it. You can see a picture of it on my blog at http//jakill-jeansmusings.blogspot.com/2010/01/hamworthys-little-pier.html. Of course it's not a grand pier like the Weston one or Bournemouth a few miles along the coast from here. But I love to walk out on it, lean on the railings to admire the views and take in the sea air.
16 Jan 10
Hi maximax, i consider u as a great tourist among all mylotters. Hehehe. Yes i m proud for being an assamese indian. Yes, in my province, u will find two great items. First one is, world largest river island is here. Secondly kaziranga, the national garden of rhinos and animals. Lol.
16 Jan 10
We also have piers in India, but most of them are not used. These were mostly built by the British when they were ruling India, and most of them have become ancient and it is used mostly by the anti socials living in the nearby fisher men slums.Except for the beaches, most of the piers are taken over by fishermen, and decent people do not go near them. My favorite place is the Marina Beach near my house. Recently the government has taken a lot of pains to beautify the Marina, and even though I go to the beach everyday for my daily walk, I find it is quiet peaceful and serene during the weekdays in the evenings.