I mean I used to as a 15 year old, I can remember shopping in the town centre, walking through the market square, spending my hard earned cash on the clothes stalls and a trip to OK records to get myself the latest vinyl disc. It seemed a safer, more vibrant town centre back then. Now I walk through a run down town where 75% of the shops are charity shops, betting shops or cafes, our BHS looks as if it’s on it’s last legs and the pedestrian central main road is full of groups of young men speaking foreign languages. It doesn’t feel safe anymore and I no longer visit unless I am absolutely forced to.
Why do I still live here?
Because it’s handy for London where Paul works, it’s handy for beach trips at the weekends and because I wouldn’t know where to move to in the UK in all honesty.
What used to be the ‘Brighton resort’ of the 1800′s is now a dump in my opinion. Having said that it does have a few things worth noting, the pier reaching out into the Thames is the world’s oldest surviving cast iron pier, built in 1834. The statue of Pocahontas as it is said this is where she first stepped onto British soil but today I am going to focus on the fabulous shopping mall Bluewater that is just up the road.
Funnily enough this epic work of architecture was probably the last nail in the coffin for Gravesend as the local shoppers moved their spending power from the town to the fancy new shopping mall but it is a one stop heaven for the material girl.
Europe’s largest and most innovative retail and leisure destination opened in March 1999 and a walk round last week proved that it is still in tip top condition and looking fantastic.
It’s the architecture that takes my breath away and makes it a pleasure for me to visit every time, open spaces built on a triangle and each side dedicated to appeal to different customers, in all honesty my most walked side is The Thames Walk which has the river Thames depicted in the marble floor from Marks and Spencers at one end to House of Fraser at the other
across the top of the mall there are huge letters depicting the verse of Peter Dawson’t famous song ‘Old Father Thames
I even found a copy of Dawson’s song on You Tube for you in case you haven’t heard it before
There are loads of different eateries to choose from; husbands favourite is La Tasca. I love the Loch Fyne, Brown’s and Carluccio’s but when I organised to meet up with Michelle I wanted to try the new ASK restaurant I reviewed their fab recipe book – remember a percentage of the sales of the book goes towards GOSH. We weren’t let down, we both ordered risotto and it was delicious. Look I even took a photo of her!
When I have people over to stay from out of town – especially my daughter and my daughter in law, we always make a trip to Bluewater and enjoy the beautiful shops, restaurants. In future Where I live posts I’ll focus on other beauties around my area.
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