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Old Town, Dubrovnik
My husband and I went to Dubrovnik for our honeymoon. The old city is absolutely gorgeous and really interesting to explore. My husband has vertigo, so the walk along the old city walls was... interesting for us! The views are stunning, the weather was wonderful - we went in August - and the people were very friendly. I would recommend Dubrovnik as a holiday destination to anyone.
86 Longbrook Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 6AP
30-11-2008 (updated on 22-04-2011)
This is a really special restaurant on Longbrook Street in Exeter. The food here is really yummy, and the building is beautiful. It's next to the church of christ scientist (I've never heard of this variation of Christianity before - do they go to confession and say "forgive me father, for I have sinned.. I tried to rationalise pi..."?). They have a specialist dessert called Harry's Heart Attack - a massive ice-cream affair that can only be safely consumed by two or more people - if you've had a big meal, you might need three or more to share it. The staff are lovely and the prices are reasonable.
26-28 Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, Devon EX4 3HH
The Sainsburys in the city centre doesn’t have the same range of products as, say, the Alphington branch, or the Whipton branch, but if significantly bigger than the only other city centre rival, the Tesco metro. Sainsburys has most ranges in stock, but misses out on some of the simpler, cheaper versions of some products that the bigger stores generally have. So it’s fine for weekly shops, but if you’re looking to stock up for a major (event, for example a party, or xmas) you’ll want to head out of town for the full choice.
21 Mccoys arcade, Fore st, Exeter, Devon EX4 3AN
Not a bad shop really, but basically it mostly sells charity shop type stuff at surprisingly high prices. The clientel pretty much consists of students putting together wacky outfits for pub crawls. Although it is by no means a good deal, if you want to make a decent fancy dress outfit, and you’re not going to wear a lousy plastic mask, you either need to plan ahead and make it yourself, or just take the financial hit and buy it at this place. Whether or not everything is clean when you buy it is questionable, and in the case of, for example, hats, I’d say wash it before you where it.
151-152 Fore Street, Exeter, Devon EX1 2RS
This shop on Fore Street, Exeter is quite a silly little place when you think about it. They sell all kinds of kitschy nonsense (hence the name) and is quite fun to browse around. If you have a friend with a penchant for vintage style silly nonsense, then this is the place to get a present for them. Comedy birthday cards, cocktail glasses, 70’s furniture - you name it, they stock it. The staff are friendly and helpful, and it’s an experience to browse around - if you happen to be in the area, why not pop in? And there you have it.
211-212 High Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3ED
H Samuel is a jewellers that sells everything from necklaces to watches. There are two branches in Exeter that are very close to each other and they don’t seem to know what they other sells, which is a bit annoying when you want to buy something specific that you’ve seen online but isn’t available to order online. Gah! I’ve bought loads of stuff from here over the years - I’d love to be able to afford one-off handcrafted pieces but in the meantime before I win the lottery, I’m better off getting cheaper mass produced stuff from here. So there.
93-95 South Street, Exeter, Devon EX1 1EN
KFC represents all that is wrong with the world, in my opinion. Yes, you can buy cheap food in quantity. That doesn’t make up for the fact that their hens lead a hellish existance before they’re slaughtered. It doesn’t make up for the lack of nutritional value of the “food” that they sell. Nor does it make up for how bad the place smells - I used to work around the back of this “restaurant” and I held my breath to walk into work. The only time most people go here is when they’re drunk - so there you have it.
Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, Devon EX4 3HP
In cities and towns all over the UK, the one unifying factor is Argos. Argos stores are pretty much the same wherever you go - the one in Exeter is no different. I quite like playing the argos game when I’m forced to waste time in town - you and a friend choose an item from the catalogue and key it into the system - whoever has picked the item with the most units in stock is the winner. It’s a pretty lame game, actually, but such is life. I’ve bought quite a few cheap goods from Argos in the past - my bed, my sofas, my microwave, my water filter - they’re all still going strong. Be sure to check prices online before you buy though, since they’re not always the cheapest.
246 High Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3NZ
This bank is utterly ridiculous - they simply refuse to have sufficient desks manned on a Saturday, meaning that the queues back up to the extent that I’ve had to queue for 15 minutes before being served. It’s not like they don’t know that Saturdays are their busiest time, so why don’t they have more staff on the desks? Your guess is as good as mine. Perhaps they want people to be discouraged from putting their money away? Banks have been known to make stupid decisions so I wouldn’t put it past them! Anyway, I don’t use my Natwest account anymore since it has a poor rate of interest, and I haven’t closed it because of the paperwork required.
38 South Street, Exeter, Devon EX1 1ED
I used to love this place - it used to be a place of worship and so is a really beautiful, unique building, with one of the few beer gardens in the city. However, on my 24th birthday they refused to serve me as I only had my University student card on me - I don’t have a driving license, and they said I would have to have a passport to prove my age! I’d have to be pretty reckless to bring my passport with me on a night on the town. They unceremoniously threw me and my group of friends out onto the street simply because I did not have a passport on me. Utterly rude and ridiculous. I won’t ever go here again - the service is terrible (they find it impossible to serve everyone’s food at the same time - on one occasion, they brought out the last main course after some of my group had finished their dessert), the food is boring and bland, and they don’t seem to clear the tables even half as often as needed. Don’t go here - there are plenty of nicer alternatives.