As promised (before the blizzard of 2009), our English seaside tour continues in Leigh-On-Sea.(Photo by Richard Bartholomew)
As it has since the 16th century, Leigh earns it living from the sea.
the town's position at the mouth of the Thames also made it a strategic naval defense site in the wars against against pirates and other European navies.
Old Leigh's past is everywhere you look.
From the old port side houses and leaning lampposts ...
... to the traditional lace curtains visible behind shuttered windows.
While it's tempting to look up at the interesting architecture ...
... and the sky-high windowboxes overflowing with flowers
Do so and you will miss the narrow winding cobblestone streets.
Well, now you've seen a bit of Old Leigh, how about a pint at The Peterboat Steak & Ale house?