Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate, England: Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and LX3

Photos of Margate harbour, beach, old town, promenade and street signs, November, 2009

As it’s a Friday, we thought we’d share some photos from our sister site, urban75.

Here’s a selection from a winter weekend at the faded seaside resorts of Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate, on the south east coast of England.

For the trip, we decided to leave our dSLR at home for the first time, and take along our two favourite compact cameras, the Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and Panasonic  Lumix LX3.

We were very pleased with how well both cameras performed, although we missed having a long zoom on our GF-1 (we only had the superb f1.7 20mm lens).

When we were reviewing the photos afterwards, it was actually quite hard to work out which camera had been used at times, although the superiority of the GF-1 shone through in low light images.

Broadstairs

Broadstairs became a popular watering hole for Victorian tourists after the arrival of the railway in 1863 –  Charles Dickens was a famous visitor and wrote David Copperfield while staying at nearby Bleak House.

Photos of Broadstairs, beach, town, shops, streets, pubs and more, November, 2009

Photos of Broadstairs, beach, town, shops, streets, pubs and more, November, 2009

Broadstairs in the rain - a winter's walk along the seafront of the south eastern English seaside resort in Kent, November, 2009

Photos of Broadstairs, beach, town, shops, streets, pubs and more, November, 2009

Photos of Broadstairs, beach, town, shops, streets, pubs and more, November, 2009

Margate

Margate, a short but bracing walk east along the coast, was a big draw for working class holidaymakers, drawn to its sandy beaches, attractions, bars and a bustling fairground.

Photos of Margate harbour, beach, old town, promenade and street signs, November, 2009

Photos of Margate harbour, beach, old town, promenade and street signs, November, 2009

Dreamland, Margate, photos of the world's first amusement park of historic rides and surrounding cinema and shops, November, 2009

Ramsgate

Once one of the great English seaside towns of the 19th century, Ramsgate now has a population of around 40,000 and hosts one of the largest marinas on the English south coast.

Photos of Ramsgate, harbour, beach, town, shops, streets, pubs and more, November, 2009

Photos of Ramsgate, harbour, beach, town, shops, streets, pubs and more, November, 2009

Photos of Ramsgate, harbour, beach, town, shops, streets, pubs and more, November, 2009

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