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11 October 2017

Our Week in Brixham | Days 5, 6 & 7

I'm finally getting round  to writing the final instalment of my Brixham Diaries, and I think it's a case of saved the best until last!

On day 5 we took a trip over to Paignton, which is a very traditional seaside town, unlike Torquay, which has all the shops and coffee places, Paignton has the arcades and traditional pier. Paignton is only a 15 minute drive from Brixham, so an easy place to pop over to if you fancy a nosey at somewhere new.

The weather was beautiful, the sun beamed down on our skin and we headed along the beach to the pier, and of course grabbed an ice cream along the way for good measure!

I couldn't help but chuckle at this seagull, who had claimed this seat for himself, though I cant blame him, it was the perfect spot.

We couldn't resist having a go on the basket ball game, I've still not improved over the years sadly! It certainly was a laugh, with all the cheesiness a good seaside pier has to offer, including those iconic cardboard cut outs and giant sun lounges.

 After indulging our inner child at the pier we had a potter down to fairy cove, in which we passed by even more pastel houses. The cove was very pretty, and a little busier than I'd imagined so we only paused to admire the view before heading off back to Brixham for a nice night in at the apartment.

Day 6 had an idyllic start with a morning reading on the balcony, again we were very lucky with the weather as the sun shone brightly against the blue sky. This balcony was by far my favourite spot, the view peeking through the houses, and the cheeky seagulls that resided on the next roof were a joy to watch.

I had spied a cute café called Millie & Me a few days ago, and vowed to go in for breakfast one day, so that is exactly what we did!

We ordered some fruity juices and toasted teacakes for breakfast which were scrumptious.

The service was so warm and welcoming, and everyone that came in to Millie & Me was so friendly and talkative! It was really homely, and if we ever get to go back to (more likely when we go back) Brixham I will definitely be heading back here again.

Also how amazing is the flamingo wallpaper!

Not wanting to miss out on the glorious weather we were having, we headed over to Fishcombe Cove, which was like a tropical haven. You feel like your somewhere in Italy, the sandy coloured rocks and the vibrant greenery is simply stunning.

We set ourselves down to wile away a few hours in the sun, and it was bliss.

That night I really wanted to watch the sunset and see the lighthouse turn on, and with the good weather we'd had that day I knew it would be our best shot at spotting them. We set off from the apartment later than usual, and made our way down the breakwater, just in time to catch the sun going down.

It was awe inspiring, to sit and watch the sun go down and the sky turn all these fabulous colours, from bold orange to dusky pink, all whilst the sea gently babbled away in the background. It was a serene, calming experience. There's something about watching the sunset that gives you that little bubble of joy in your heart, an indescribable but familiar warmth.

As soon as the sky turned deep indigo blue, we headed for a quick drink before venturing back to the apartment, as the next day was my birthday!

I really wanted to head to Dartmoor for my Birthday as you all know by now that I love to go out walking, and where's better than a national park?!

It did not disappoint, although it was a lot colder than down in Brixham! I would definitely recommend taking a light jacket or cardigan.

We had a lovely long walk, the views were incredible and it was nice to get some fresh air in our lungs. I did fall over a few times though, which was slightly embarrassing! Even though I had trainers on they don't have much grip, and as the grass is so short I just kept slipping over! I was definitely bambi on ice.

Despite the slips, it was a perfect day and I thoroughly enjoyed it, being able to have a laugh with my family and take in the views made them worth while.

We had planned a family meal back at Brixham, so we all went home freshened up, and got dressed up.

We had booked a table at The Cow Shed, which was just off of  the dock, down a little side street.

The décor was adorable, with all different coloured upcycled chairs and wooden panelling.

The service was incredible, I was able to sample of some of the gin they had, including a delicious elderflower one and I was even surprised with a candle in my Tiramisu, which was such a thoughtful touch.

We finished the night with yet more Gin, because it was my Birthday after all, and who doesn't deserve all the Gin on their Birthday.

It was the perfect end to what had been an incredible holiday.

Brixham is a place that should be on your UK travel bucket list, its so quaint with lots of independent shops, places to eat, pastel coloured houses on the horizon and incredible views. It's like its come straight off of a post card. For the adventure seeker its a perfect base for exploring, and for the relaxer there are plenty of coves and coffee shops to enjoy a good book. It definitely captured a bit of me and I will certainly be revisiting.

I hope you've enjoyed my final Brixham diary instalment, what's your favourite UK coastal town to visit?

Read about Days 1 & 2 Here

Read about Days 3 & 4 Here

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