Advantages: Good food in unusual surroundings Disadvantages: Busy in the summer
...Quite a famous place, situated as it is close to the Marsden rock, which unfortunately collapsed (in part) in 1996.
In the 1700s, Jack the blaster came to live here, and apparantly supplied refreshments to smugglers. His successor excavated a ballroom out of the rock, and created a hotel here, and in 1898, Vaux and Sons took over the lease, building the lift in the 1930s, to bring visitors...
Advantages: brilliant use of language Disadvantages: unfortunately it is based on a true event
...At Marsden Bay
Arid hot desert stretched here in the early
Permian Period-sand dune fossils
are pressed to a brownish bottom stratum.
A tropical saline ocean next silted
calcium and magnesium carbonates
over this bed, forming rough Magnesian
limestone cliffs on the ledges of which
Rissa tridactyla colonizes-
an estimated four thousand pairs
that shuttle like close packed tracer...
Advantages: A beautifully written and evocative travel narrative. Disadvantages: It wasn't written by an Armenian (I make joke...)
...for his insight and appreciation of our culture than British writer Philip Marsden, the author of ?The Crossing Place: A Journey Among The Armenians?.
WHO ON EARTH ARE THE ARMENIANS?
Armenians are a proud and ancient people, who by historical accident, occupied one of the most criss-crossed and travelled pieces of earth on the planet, constantly acting as a buffer between competing empires...