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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Winter 2013 in Devon

The weather in much of the south west of England over the winter has been cold with some considerable snowfall in Devon as these photographs attest.

Snowy roads in Chudleigh, Devon, UK

Heavy rain has also been a factor with localised flooding in places around the time of New Year. The River Exe burst its bank in places including at Stoke Canon, north of Exeter, where some people had to be evacuated. Damage to roads in the area from landslips is believed to run into millions of Pounds.

Braunton in North Devon was again left under water as the River Caen burst its banks.

Snowy graves in Chudleigh

Exeter Airport received some heavy downpours but nothing on the scale of last November. Check our Exeter arrival and departure information for the latest news on flights into and out of Exeter.

Snowy in Chudleigh, Devon, Britain

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a London district on the eastern edge of the West End, between Drury Lane and Saint Martin's Lane. The name Covent Garden is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square which famously appeared in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and the resultant musical, My Fair Lady. Covent Garden is now a popular shopping and tourist area as well as home to the Royal Opera House, which is also known as "Covent Garden".

Covent Garden in London

The 4th Earl of Bedford (1593-1641) commissioned Inigo Jones to build some impressive houses to attract wealthy tenants to Covent Garden. Jones designed the Italianate arcaded square as well. The square's design was new to London, and its influence on modern town planning was significant.

The fruit and vegetable market moved to a new location in 1974, and the central building re-opened as a shopping centre in 1980. Covent Garden is now a tourist location containing shops, cafes, pubs and a craft market called the Apple Market (see photo below).

Covent Garden in London

Covent Garden is easily accessed via the London underground's Piccadilly line at Covent Garden tube station which is on the corner of Long Acre and James Street. Visitors to Covent Garden may also want to visit the nearby British Museum or enjoy shopping at Selfridges on Oxford Street.

Covent Garden Underground Station, London, UK

Map of Covent Garden

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