UK: Banksy VS Bristol: Oops! That Title is Taken. Day Tripping in Bristol.

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

Girl with the Pierced Eardrum. Hanover Place, Albion Docks, Bristol

The best part of retirement is having a flexible schedule. Being able to do what I want when I want has given me a freedom that was a little hard to get used to, but a blessing for me now.

Traveling abroad has been my main focus and I have been very fortunate to pursue that interest. But for now, I am focusing on seeing parts of the UK that I haven't.

My first adventure, in the car with my dog, was a day trip to Bristol.

SS Great Britain. Designed by Kingdom Brunel in 1839

Bristol, in southwest England is about a two hour drive from west London. Including it's suburbs, Bristol has the 10th largest population in the UK. There are two large universities and a thriving art, music and food scene. There are many architectural attractions plus museums, the SS Great Britain and a regenerated docklands.

In 2017, Bristol became a 'city of film' by UNESCO. It is often included in top ten lists for both travel and living.

I went to Bristol for a Banksy treasure hunt. While there are many walking tours available, I wanted to go it alone. Plus I am not sure how well Clifton would do on a walking tour.

Banksy, the anonymous graffiti artist, is believed to be from Bristol. There are over 12 of his works still on view throughout the city, in small avenues or ally ways. Places that you would not expected them to pop up, they do.


Unveiled 28 March, 2019 is a re-installation of 'Devolved Parliament.' This is original Banksy painting on canvas features chimp parliamentarians in a mostly empty House of Commons. It has gone on display at the Bristol Museum for the first time since Banksy VS Bristol caused a sensation there 10 years ago. In light of the Brexit shambles, it is a fitting time to bring that piece back!

I managed to find 3 3/4 pieces; the 3/4 because 'The Grim Reaper' is now in a museum and they would not let me in with the dog. They are not as easy to find as I imagined and getting from one to the other took a lot of leg work.

Wild Wild West Well Hung Lover Grim Reaper (

Though I was a solid under performance on my Banksy treasure hunt, the graffiti art on display by other artists made the walking worth it and my day trip to Bristol a huge success!

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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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