One day last month I drove to Bristol for a blogging conference at M Shed in Bristol Harbour. I picked up lots of tips, like you do at these things and met some of the bloggers I talk to online for the first time. So it was quite a day.
The setting was great. M Shed is a museum and is home to displays of 3000 Bristol artefacts and stories showing Bristol's role in the slave trade and items on transport, people and the arts. It takes its name from how the port identified each of its sheds.
I didn't get to look around the museum, but when the sun came out I did pop out and take some pictures of the docks.
Outside the museum are four electric cranes which are the last of eight that worked on the quayside unloading ships quickly onto road transport, railway trucks or barges or into transit sheds for short-term storage. They were pretty impressive and at times can be seen working.
They are as big as they look and I was captivated by them. Here's just a few of the photos I took of them.
In front of the museum are a number of historic vessels which also bring the area's history to life.
Opposite the city of Bristol climbed into the distance with the historic buildings blending effortlessly with the modern structures.
And to end I'll leave you with one last shot of those cranes, which totally had me hooked!
Bristol, I think I'll be back to explore the rest of your sights soon.