I spent Monday out walking around trying get familiar with my surroundings. I wanted to find some walking trails, and visit the library.
I started off, just walking from the flat, The Mews House, in new direction. I know enough about the town to find my way back if lost and it is pretty well sign posted. I walked for about 15 minutes and was going over a bridge when I saw below me a trail with runners, walkers and cylclist!! I found what I was looking for! I easily found the trail and started off! If felt really good to walk without stopping for lights and trying to figure out from which direction the traffic was coming.
So, I am going along at a pretty good clip when I notice that there are no other people around. I see off in the woods on the edge of construction site, a couple of blokes, who noticed me too. Probably harmless, but it made me a tad uncomfortable, so I immediately exited the path and found a busy street and back to Mews House.
Later in the day, I took a walk down the prom to Tourist Information (very helpful), and the library. The library is a big old building close to the center of town. Inside on the first floor there is an internet cafe, you must register at the desk and leave a library card, with coffee and snack machines, just like home. What do ya know. Collection seemed small, ficition, nonfiction in one small room. But staff was very friendly, and I found a book on the sale shelf that I have been wanting to read, AS Byatt, The Children's Book.
Dinner at the Brasserie Blanc was yummy and a great location in the Queens Hotel at the top of the promenade.
Tuesday was another long walk, this time in another direction around the Univ of Glos campus and a little area called Suffolk Square. Lots of cool shops to investigate later.
Dinner at an Italian spot called Zizzis located in an old church. I must admit it felt a little weird.
Olympic Torch Relay come to Cheltenham today, look for photos tomorrow.