Postcard of the Week: Exeter
I simply couldn’t leave out a postcard from Exeter, my home for three years during university. When looking into various universities during my A-Levels, I read a sentence about Exeter that has stuck in my mind ever since:
One of the lesser-known recipes for happiness is to live in a place where other people choose to go on holiday.
In the summer months Devon’s countryside and relaxed pace of life attract many tourists. Exeter is the county town of Devon and despite having only 120,000 inhabitants, it’s this intimacy that gives the city its friendly and safe atmosphere. Around Exeter there are countless quaint villages, such as Topsham and Ottery St Mary for example, some of which have hardly changed for centuries. There’s also the seaside, on both the south coast and the north coast, the latter of which is well known as a surfing destination. Dartmoor National Park covers 954 km2 and is a fantastic area for keen walkers. It’s very true that Exeter, and Devon, belong to another world, and especially as a student it’s easy to get trapped into a lovely bubble, forgetting that anything actually goes on outside of Exeter. It’s an area of the world I adore, and of which I have many many fond memories, and I’ll continue visiting it for the rest of my life.
- Visit Devon tourism website