I discovered these photos of a day trip to Broadstairs from this summer. Though they aren’t the best of quality, it was a good day with friends.
Broadstairs is a coastal town very close to Canterbury. Its beaches are sandy, while many other coastal cities in this region have only pebbles. You can imagine this makes it a popular swimming spot in the summer. We rode the train there and met with a friend (who biked from Canterbury) who was happy to show us around.
One of the most memorable spots was an old church that has been converted into a pub called The Chapel.The best part were the wall-to-ceiling books everywhere you looked. Stacked high and cluttered along every wall and surface were secondhand books. The two or three people there were enjoying a book along with their pint, so we decided to do the same.
Broadstairs is on the Isle of Thanet, and gets its name from a former set of long stairs cut into the chalky cliffs leading from the beach to an 11th century shrine. As we enjoyed coffee and ice cream overlooking the beach below, resort guests milled about and children lined up to jump from the dock into the sea. The overcast sky didn’t deter anyone, and even though only peeks of the sun shone through, Broadstairs has certainly been one of the brightest towns we’ve visited. The colorful blues of the water, mixed with the bright chalky cliffs reminded me of the town’s nickname, ‘The Jewel in Thanet’s Crown.’