Brixham Harbour, at the southern end of Torbay in Devon, south-west England. There is something powerfully evocative about a colourful stack of houses on a hillside by the sea, isn’t there? It seems you would be happy forever and ever amongst those narrow lanes and cheery edifices. Brixham Harbour is one of my Top Five places-I-must-go in England; and not just for the picturesque loveliness of the town. It is because I can GET ON THAT SHIP!
I am speaking of the Golden Hind, a full-size replica of the sixteenth-century galleon in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe. It is harboured here, and visitors may tour the vessel. You have absolutely no idea how weird I am much I love a sailing ship. And a SIXTEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH GALLEON? I shall run amok on the poop deck and scream with glee on the forecastle! And before they toss me overboard in disgust, I shall pretend to be a pirate and climb the mizzenmast, and THAT will be the single greatest moment of my life.