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Hampshire

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  • Day11

    31-7 Bransgore

    July 31, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Wát een verschil met gisteren. Bijna alleen maar vrijliggende fietspaden, droog, beetje zon en nog geluk hebben ook. Ik volg de bordjes "veerpont" bijv. Mooi gravelpaadje. Zeg dat tegen een meneer, die mij vervolgens wijst op herten. En wil ik niet met de pont? Jawel. Ben ik er al een klein stukje voorbij. Kom ik bij de pont: moet je bellen, maar dat is mijn a.s. medepassagier al aan het doen! (ik had de toegangscode van Engeland niet geweten. Nu wel trouwens: 44).
    Bij de hoovercraft naar Hyde kom ik een franse fietser tegen, de kaartverkoper denkt dat we getrouwd zijn. We fietsen ieder onze eigen kant uit (na de eindeloze pier gestept te hebben) maar treffen elkaar weer in Brockenhurst op een terrasje. Hij heet Gwen en is nu in Salisbury als alles goed is. In het bos help ik iemand met een lekke band. Na de lunch heb ik wel opeens pijn in mijn rug.
    Alleen de camping vind ik niet zo leuk, met heel veel "startbanen". Ik moet betalen om mijn tablet op te laden, terwijl de camping niet goedkoop is. Beetje de pest in, maar ik zet het van me af. Ga ik hem vlak voor sluitingstijd halen, is de stekker er uit. Krijg ik mijn geld terug en morgen laden ze hem gratis nog een keer. Terwijl hij 20% voller is en hij maar 2,5 uur heeft kunnen laden. Ik vind het best.
    Morgen ff kijken of ik toch wil blijven. Er zitten hier adders en hagedissen. Ik denk toch dat ik door wil, fietsen door de New Forest vond ik erg gaaf. Overal die pony's! Wel weinig forest, veel hei. Mooi!
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  • Day10

    30-7 Gosport

    July 30, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Wat een klote dag. De "fietsroute" gaat 99% over een bizar drukke weg, ik zie ook geen alternatief. Eerste bui in een museum met het grootste Romeinse paleis met de mooiste mozaïeken. Was inderdaad prachtig. Nog een toer door de opslag, waar je zomaar een 400.000 jaar oude vuistbijl mag vasthouden!
    Tweede mega bui in pub, met de slechtste frieten ever. Maar zometeen komt er een mooi stukje route! Is tijdelijk weg ivm reparaties aan de zeewering. Rijd ik wéér over de stoep, pardon fietspad, van een crisis drukke weg. Ik moet er gewoon van huilen. Gelukkig valt de wind tegen door alle bebouwing dan weer mee.
    Ik ben ondertussen ook opeens mijn kaart met alle camping en caravanning sites kwijt. Gloeiende gloeiende. Nou ja, hier zijn ze toch niet.
    In de derde, echt hele natte bui haal ik net de pont. Aan de overkant beter weer, maar waarom nog steeds zo veel verkeer? Gelukkig mag ik op "the Kingfisher" kamperen, al kost het 2 keer zo veel als anders. Ondertussen heb ik ginger wine gekocht. Pjoeh, valt niet mee om daar aangeschoten van te raken, scherp. Je warmt er wel lekker van op. Gelukkig heb ik ook 2 repen chocola gekocht.
    In de hierbij behorende pub kan ik gelukkig mijn tablet opladen en ik sta prima in de luwte. Ik kom toch niet erg in een joepie stemming.
    Doe mij nog zo'n dag, dan neem ik de trein (naar huis?).
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  • Day1

    Winchester, part 1

    September 11, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    For this staycation we travel to a part of the country that neither Helen nor I know well - Hampshire. En route to our apartment in Gosport, we stop off for the day in the cathedral city of Winchester. It is steeped in history, being the start of the Pilgrim's Way to Canterbury, and well worthy of a longer stay in the future.

    We start at the Statue of King Alfred the Great and proceed along the High Street past the Guildhall (1871 and built in the Gothic Revival Style) to the 15th century Buttercross Monument. There are many beautiful old buildings around us we continue up to Westgate and the medieval Winchester Castle - only the Great Hall (13th century) remains now. It houses the "Winchester Round Table" as well as a statue of Queen Victoria and has a lovely medieval style garden next to it.
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  • Day1

    Winchester, part 2

    September 11, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Winchester Cathedral is is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and founded originally in 642. Jane Austen is buried here, amongst many others. It is a magnificent place and has a beautiful quire as well as a Holy Hole into which pilgrims would crawl to be next to the bones of Saint Swithin. Beautiful mortuary chests are positioned along the top of the quire. We visited the interesting Kings and Scribes exhibition that was on.

    We visited the tiny St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate Church literally above an arch in a road and proceeded past The Pilgrim's School to the remains of Wolvesey Castle for a visit. Then a nice walk along the River Itchen with the playing fields of Winchester College on one side of us. Crossing the road, with views of St Catherine's Hill on the other side, the walk finished at the Hospital of St Cross and its Almhouse - the oldest in the UK.

    A great place.
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  • Day3

    Gosport Borough

    September 13, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After a short drive to the River Alver Country Park, we are happy to be walking on grass and in the fresh air. There are several relatively short circular walks here which we combine to make a pleasant few hours of walking. The Little Woodham 17th century re-enactment village is closed blue to Covid. We carry on through the Nature Reserve and aroud Noah's Lake, where there are lots of water fowl. Down and across Junkett Bottom and Sandhill, a former refuse tip with views across The Solent to the Isle of Wight, before going through the Browndown MoD site and its gorse vegetation.

    Next there was another short drive to Lee-on-the-Solent, a seafront town on the coast of The Solent with shingle beaches. Lots of people doing seaside stuff - paddling, swimming, sailing etc. The ice cream was well deserved!

    Back via Stokes Bay, Clayhall to Gosport. The beers were very well deserved!
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  • Day2

    Eastleigh

    May 12, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute sind wir von der Südküste über Brighton und Arundel, Eastleigh nach GLASTONBERRY gefahren. Malerische Badeorte mit ihren bunten Badehäusern. Tolle grüne Strecken, strahlend blauer Himmel und Sonnenschein.Read more

  • Day4

    Winchester - schon wieder eine Kathedral

    June 21, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Die nächste Station war dann Winchester. Auch hier ist die Kathedrale sehr beeindruckend. Da hier aber eine kirchliche Veranstaltung stattfand, können wir Teile des Innenraums nicht besichtigen. Aber der Rest war auch genug.

    Nun müssen langsam Schlösser und Burgen kommen, sonst wird es eintönig 😬
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  • Day3

    Day 2 Southampton

    August 2, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned which seems to be a bit of a recurring theme so far... The delay meant we had to jump on-line and change our transport arrangements to Southampton (at a cost of an extra 20 pounds).

    So the flight from Singapore was delayed, and delayed, eventually taking off just after 3 am. The flight itself was pretty uneventful with a sleeping pill ensuing 9 of the 13 hour flight passed with me knowing nothing about it. We were just about to land at Heathrow (literally just over the end of the airport) when we had to do an emergency go around as there was a plane on the runway in the way. Luckily no issue apart from from some startled looks on the passengers faces and we eventually landed safely.

    A quick trip through immigration and then onto the loser cruiser (err...bus) to Southampton arriving about 2.30pm. We are staying at the Premier Inn West Quay which is pretty basic but close to the centre of the city. So we walked down to the Sea City museum to visit the Titanic exhibition and history of the Southampton (both really good).

    While we were there we saw some photos and commentary about Robert Hickens who was the grandfather of a friend of Christines (Deidre) and the Quartermaster on the Titanic. More of him later as we have a special job to do when we get to the Titanic Experience in Belfast.

    We went out for dinner and were going to a local pub (the Titanic) which is cute from the outside (see attached picture) but really basic and I don’t say that lightly. It had a small but friendly crowd of regulars so we had a couple of drinks there and adjourned to the nearby Standing Order pub for actual dinner.

    An early night as we were both knackered after about 38 hours of travel/faffing around.

    Photos attached show our seats from Chch to Singapore; Singapore Airport terminal 3; seats on the much delayed flight to Heathrow; the double round approach to Heathrow; the Standing Order pub; the Titanic pub; the old City Gates Southampton; a bio of Deirdre’s grandfather; a mock up of class 2 Titanic cabin; a article from an April 1912 newspaper again featuring Dee’s grandfather.
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  • Day4

    Day 3 Isle of Wight

    August 3, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    About 16 months ago during our last trip in Japan we attempted an epic public transportation challenge, well today we undertook a similar journey across to the Isle of Wight. Now I had been hoping for a little bit of inside information as a colleague of mine had recently been to the UK and planned to go, however she decided that the sites of Leeds were more alluring so no insights were to be had....

    We left the hotel at about 8.45 and typically having just missed one, took the 9.45 train from Southampton to Portsmouth which stops at every lamppost between Southampton and Portsmouth and then caught the bus down to Southsea. From there the day’s transportation highlight - a hovercraft. Yes, the last remaining hover passenger service in the world runs from Southsea to Ryde, it’s an epic ten (!!!) minute journey across the mighty (you’ll have to take my word for that) Solent channel.

    By the time we arrived it was after midday and time for lunch, so after a walk up (and I mean up, it’s a steep little township) the Ryde Main Street for a look around, we went back to the waterfront to the Royal Esplanade pub for lunch. That was nice enough, but there was no time to linger as we had legs four, five and six to complete.

    That involved a bus trip to Newport in the middle of the island on a double decker and we managed to score the front seats on the top deck for a rapid trip through the pretty Isle of Wight countryside. From there it’s a connecting bus and an equally foot to the floor ride down to Cowes. Honestly you’d have thought we were on the Isle of Mann the way those drivers wrestled those buses rapidly through the narrow roads, and getting into the Cowes bus stop involved some of the tightest and best manoeuvring of a large bus I’ve ever seen. These guys must have been failed F1 drivers at some point...

    Cowes is famous for the yachting regatta that takes place each year and as the starting point for the Fastnet classic, a famous open water yacht race that back in the late 70’s resulted in some really tragic loss of life as a big storm blew in. The Fastnet started today and happily there were no weather dramas to report. After a walk through Cowes township we decided a trip to another pub was in order so repaired to the Fountain Hotel next to the large yacht harbour.

    After a quick pint of an underwhelming lager (and a half of berry cider for Christine) we caught the Redjet fast ferry for the 25 minute journey back to Southampton to complete the round trip and arrived back to our hotel (by foot) at about 4.30pm.

    We’ve sussed out a nice restaurant down by the waterfront for dinner and we have the morning in the city before boarding the Nautica in the early afternoon. Ship’s wifi permitting, I’ll report in after that...

    Photos attached show.... Our hovercraft!!; Our Hovercraft from another angle!!; me on the hovercraft!!; a rare slow point of view from the bus; the Main Street of Ryde: the Royal Esplanade pub (pubs may become a recurring theme so be warned); the Redjet fast ferry (with it’s slow cousin the background); the dining room of the Royal Esplanade pub (featuring me at the bar!).
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Hampshire, HAM, Sūþhāmtūnscīr, ハンプシャー, Hampshire County, Хэмпшир