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Bristol in august 2004

The south west of England is one of my favourite parts of the country, with lovely countryside and lovely towns and cities. I've been to Bristol a few times, and it's always been a really pleasant experience. The photos below are from a trip there in August 2004; my main memories of the day are of the cloudless skies and hot sun.

As luck would have it, this trip co-incided with the Bristol Harbour Festival - a massive event that has happened every year since 1971, with around a quarter of a million visitors. There was live music, street acts, and all manner of entertainment. Hopefully I've captured at least some of that in these photos.

Bristol Cathedral against a pale blue sky
Bristol Cathedral against a pale blue sky
The Planetarium in At-Bristol, inside a shiny sphere.
The Planetarium in At-Bristol, inside a shiny sphere.
A wavy sculpture in Bristol. I am not sure what this is called.
A wavy sculpture in Bristol. I am not sure what this is called.
Ship's rigging, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
Ship's rigging, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
More ships and rigging at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
More ships and rigging at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
Lots of boats, complete with bunting, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
Lots of boats, complete with bunting, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
A Royal Lifeboat at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
A Royal Lifeboat at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
A sunny day in a small park in Bristol
A sunny day in a small park in Bristol
The HMS Inverness at the Bristol Harbour Festival
The HMS Inverness at the Bristol Harbour Festival
A soldier with a gun, on board the HMS Inverness.
A soldier with a gun, on board the HMS Inverness.
A RNLI lifeboat on the river in Bristol.
A RNLI lifeboat on the river in Bristol.
The front of the HMS Inverness, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
The front of the HMS Inverness, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
A narrowboat with an inflatable spiderman on the side.
A narrowboat with an inflatable spiderman on the side.
The ship's bell on the HMS Inverness.
The ship's bell on the HMS Inverness.
The bow of the HMS Inverness, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
The bow of the HMS Inverness, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
A steam train transporting tourists in Bristol.
A steam train transporting tourists in Bristol.
The harbour packed with boats at the Bristol Harbour Festival
The harbour packed with boats at the Bristol Harbour Festival
A stone tomb in Bristol Cathedral
A stone tomb in Bristol Cathedral
The pulpit, choir stalls, and organ, in Bristol Cathedral
The pulpit, choir stalls, and organ, in Bristol Cathedral
A stained glass window inside Bristol Cathedral
A stained glass window inside Bristol Cathedral
A little park next to a church, filled with flowers, in Bristol
A little park next to a church, filled with flowers, in Bristol
A hot air balloon at the Bristol Harbour Festival
A hot air balloon at the Bristol Harbour Festival
A close-up of the hot air balloon at the Bristol Harbour Festival
A close-up of the hot air balloon at the Bristol Harbour Festival
A church on a hot day in Bristol.
A church on a hot day in Bristol.
A parachutist trailing smoke at the Bristol Harbour Festival
A parachutist trailing smoke at the Bristol Harbour Festival
A cannon firing display at Bristol Harbour Festival. Plus a parachutist.
A cannon firing display at Bristol Harbour Festival. Plus a parachutist.
More cannons firing at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
More cannons firing at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
A close-up of the ship firing cannons at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
A close-up of the ship firing cannons at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
The Pyronaut - a fire-float ship firing water, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
The Pyronaut - a fire-float ship firing water, at the Bristol Harbour Festival.
An acrobatic street act called the Black Eagles, in Bristol.
An acrobatic street act called the Black Eagles, in Bristol.
Another photo of the Black Eagles show in Bristol
Another photo of the Black Eagles show in Bristol
Bristol Cathedral on a warm day with people lying outside.
Bristol Cathedral on a warm day with people lying outside.
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