Saturday, March 31, 2018

A is for Alum Chine. #AtoZChallenge

One day in August 2017, my husband and I found ourselves in Alum Chine. It happened quite by chance. We were driving back to London from Dorset. We hadn't booked anywhere to stay yet as the idea was to choose somewhere different, an unusual place, a place we hadn't heard of, a place that would make us stop, a place we'd want to stop to spend the night. Otherwise, we'd carry on driving.

When we stopped at a petrol station en-route to get some coffee, we liked the tall trees lining up by the road like tall sentinels of planet earth. The scenery had changed from city to country in a matter of fifteen minutes and the air when we stepped out into the car park was relaxed and beach-like.

We googled the area and found out that we were near Alum Chine. A few searches later, we had a room booked and within an hour of that coffee, we were exploring this beautiful nook of the southern English coast.






Wild flowers carpeted the area around the car park. The flowers kept me busy for a long time: zooming in to capture their little details and zooming out to breathe in their spectacular show. 

If you find yourself in Bournemouth, do stop by at Alum Chine. You'll be glad you did. And if you're wondering what the name Alum Chine means, here's an explanation from the Bournemouth tourism website:

"Chine is a steep sided dry river valley, Alum Chine is the largest of Bournemouth’s four Chines and got its name from the local alum mining industry in the 16th century."
Travel Tip: The place we stayed at is called Tiien and they serve amazing Thai food. 
Their website is www.tiien.co.uk
and the address is:
55 West Cliff Road
Westbourne
Dorset BH4 8BA
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Have you ever come by a gem of a place by chance on your travels? 
And did you go back to visit it?
Be kind to yourself today:)
and
Be here tomorrow for B.

22 comments:

  1. Ho amazing is that you discovered and explored this quaint little place!! Love those colourful houses. Are they houses or cabins/rooms for tourists?
    5 Reasons Why Adventure Travel is Good For You #AtoZChallenge

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    1. Shilpa. Those are cabins people own. It's a perfect size to enjoy a day at the beach.

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  2. I feel I should know Alum Chine, living as I do just along the south coast - but I don't! Somewhere to go with my little tent this Summer perhaps! A delightful start to the challenge.

    My Friend Rosey - A

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    1. You'll like it Keith. Thank you for visiting:)

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  3. Oh, I love serendipitous finds like this!
    Gorgeous stuff, ma'am!

    (And yes, my "A" is now up. ;-p)

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    1. Cheers:) Hopping over to yours in a bit.

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  4. Looks wonderful! Love those colorful buildings and wow! the flowers! Sounds like a fabulous place to stay the night.

    Emily In Ecuador | Almuerzo - Good Lunch Choice in Puerto Lopez

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    1. It was Emily. And the local pub grub was fabulous too:)

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  5. A little splutter to add maasi..just visited Bournemouth pier..its a beautiful little city.. every word of your blog is so true..

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    1. So glad you enjoyed Bournemouth Manushi. If you ever go down there again, check out Alum Chine.

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  6. this place looks lovely. I like the field of flowers and those tiny houses(?), they look so colorful. this is a good place to visit and to relax.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you lissa...yes, it's a perfect getaway.

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  7. What a perfectly wonderful invitation to the universe - to stop when you find a place that calls to you! And I'd call Alum Chine a lovely find indeed. Those colorful little cabins and the wildflowers are so cheery, I don't think one could help but smile. A wonderful start to April Arti!

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  8. This is the way my husband and I explored Nova Scotia by motorcycle. We never made arrangements for overnight stops. We traveled until we came to somewhere that felt right and we wanted to experience. Loved this post! Thanks for visiting my post today.
    Mainely Write

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    1. Nova Scotia is on our list of coasts to explore. I'm sure it would've been a fabulous experience.

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  9. Shall remember Alum Chine if we ever wander that way.... lovely pictures, especially of that carpet of flowers...

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    1. Cheers Ketaki. The South Coast has so many beautiful gems--you'll be spoilt for choice.

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  10. I've been in that area, but I've never heard of Alum Chine. I will definitely keep this in mind for the next time! They are odds that I go there again, as a good friend lives in.

    It's the first day this month that I have the time to visit some A to Z Challenge posts, yours among them. And I'm really enjoying them! The pictures are also very beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Eva.
      You'll love this nook. Hope you visit your friend soon:)

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