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  • Day25

    Bern's Big Day Out

    August 25 in the United Kingdom

    Today is “we will go wherever you want Bern day.”

    So a difficult 6 minute drive to Chawton where Jane Austin lived with her mother and sister for much of her writing life. Lovely little village, lots of thatch and moss roofs.

    We were early so sat in the park in the sun so we had a good run at the ticket office.

    Not sure what the locals make if all this. Although I’m sure some of them don’t mind as the only cafe in the place wouldn’t be here without the museum.

    Question, why is the cafe called Cassandra’s Cup?
    Bonus points for correct answers.

    Was a toss up who opened first the cafe or the museum. Cafe won by 39 secs and it was scones and cream. If only the coffee worked...Alas.

    Great little museum.

    Walk up a pleasant road to Chawton House where Janes’s brother lived. Church on the estate of course .

    All very civilised and when you are that early there are no crowds, just keen groupies.
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  • Day25

    White Hart Hotel

    August 25 in the United Kingdom

    Did we say it was Bank Holiday weekend?
    Accommodation was a bit tight so Bern lashed out on a more upmarket hotel in a place called Stockbridge.
    Great hotel, very nicely put together. Building on the site since 12th century. The pub has been updated a littel
    Parts were originally the Brewhouse for the church next door. Our room overlooks the old cemetery, very atmospheric.

  • Day24

    Portchester Castle

    August 24 in the United Kingdom

    Trifecta of a place just ouside of Portsmouth.

    1 ) Roman fort, best preserved in northern Europe built in about 260 AD to defend against Saxon Pirates.

    After the Romans left the locals moved and if you have an enormous walled area you stick in an Abbey and;

    2) Best and one of the tallest Norman Keeps in UK.
    Was royal palace of Richard II who liked to see stop off on way to France for the weekend and a;

    3) Church and graveyard in one corner which also runs cafe at the back as a little earner.

    "What have the Romans ever done for us?"

    And free parking.
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  • Day24

    Winchester Town

    August 24 in the United Kingdom

    Decided to continue the “Very Big Churches Tour of England” so headed to Winchester.

    Decided to use their Park and Ride as we’d had a look at some of their streets.

    Terrific scheme, carparks on periphery, bus to middle of town every 7 minutes and all for £3 for 6 people.

    This assumes that you have a local debit card or coins that you have not given away to the barmaif the evening before.

    Ah, the Interweb. Eventually it was all doen online and the next time we go it wont take longer than the bus ride.

    Winchester is one of the nicest towns we’ve seen. Great Hight Street with fantastic array of old and ancient buildings, buskers, market going on.

    Where the Thai ladies cooking the street food came from will ever remain a mystery.

    Enormous Guild Hall, couple of Alms Houses, an old type Hospital that still gives out traveller benefits, a working watermill at the bottom end of town and the Cathedral in the back. Nothing not to like.

    Bern has voted it “BEST TOWN YET” in capitals.
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  • Day24

    Winchester cathedral

    August 24 in the United Kingdom

    Very interesting church, no big towers or spires but does have bells, dont know where.

    In the middle of a £22milion restoration. 11 of that is from their National Lottery, what could we have done if we hadn’t sold ours off.

    The present church was started bt the Normans but there was one on the site since the seventh century. Been changed and restored many times over the years. One of the best stories I’ve stolen from Wikipedia. Memorial to Walker is in the cathedral.

    “Restoration work was carried out by T. G. Jackson in 1905–12. Waterlogged foundations on the south and east walls were reinforced by diver William Walker, packing the foundations with more than 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks, and 900,000 bricks. Walker worked six hours a day from 1906 to 1912 in total darkness at depths up to 20 feet (6 m), and is credited with saving the cathedral from total collapse.[24] For this he was awarded the MVO.[25]”

    He definitely deserved it.

    To make the day Bern stumbled on Jane Austen’s grave as she died in Winchester. It’s also got KIng Cnut and Edgbert of Wessex along with a host of not very famous kings. They aren’t pulling in the £8 a time though.

    Excellent place. Then onwards for some more driveing in the rain and some side trips through supermarket carparks (thanks Karen) to a small market town called Alton.

    Tomorrow Jane Austen day.
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  • Day25

    Mottisfort

    August 25 in the United Kingdom

    Second stop of the day.
    How do you top Jane Austin?

    Well Mottisfort Abbey was pretty close.

    We found out what Saturday on a Bank Holiday is like. The carpark was a feral jungle and we only got in because Bernadette jumped out of the car and told a woman that was our spot. Check d afterwards and al the tyres and paint work was OK. Go Bern.

    House is built on an old abbey and was left in good nick to the National Trust in the 50s.

    Great gardens and river runs through the grounds. Usual crowds of kids rolling down grass and lots of small boys picking up stones.

    Had a lovely time.
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  • Day255

    Highclere Castle

    May 7 in the United Kingdom

    Vielleicht würde euch dieser Footprint schneller bekannt vorkommen, hätte ich ihn 'Downton Abbey' genannt. Das echt Haus heißt aber 'Highclere Castle', also wollen wir es mal dabei belassen - so richtig Downton-ig sind die Bilder ja auch nicht...
    Wie dem auch sei. Ich bin schon beinahe lange wach heute und dementsprechend müde jetzt. Außerdem kommt glaub ich so etwas wie ein Sonnenstich noch dazu. Also sollte ich wirklich ins Bett gehen. Mach ich auch gleich - versprochen!
    Der Grund, weshalb ich schon so lange wach bin ist einfach, dass ich wieder gegen zwanzig vor sieben Dank der Sonne aufgewacht bin. Dann bin ich joggen gegangen, weil ich ja schon wach war. Nach dem Joggen hab ich mich abgeduscht und bin dann einkaufen gegangen für das Picknick später. Nachdem ich alles fertig bereitet und gepackt hatte, bin ich nach Newbury zum Bahnhof gefahren und hab da Maria abgeholt, um dann zusammen mit ihr zum Highclere Castle zu fahren. Wir sind beide große Downton Abbey Fans und hatten dementsprechend viel Spaß!
    Wir sind als erstes in das Haus rein gegangen, aber man durfte leider keine Bilder machen. Ganz viele nette Menschen haben Innen mit uns geredet. Uns ist förmlich die Spucke weggeblieben, weil alles wirklich haargenau so aussieht wie in der Serie! Nur Lord Granthams Schreibtisch steht in echt auf der anderen Seite. Wirklich alles andere kann man sofort wiedererkennen! Das war ein echt schönes Erlebnis.
    Nach dem Haus waren wir in dem Geschenkeladen, wo irgendwie zwei Tassen in meinen Besitz gekommen sind... Danach sind wir zu Toto gegangen und haben das Picknick geholt, welches wir dann im Schatten von einem alten Baum (ich weiß nicht was für ein Baum, ich kann nur sicher sagen, dass es keine Palme war...) genossen haben. Ich hatte Obst gekauft, Brote geschmiert, Gemüse geschnitten für Humus, andere fertig Snacks gekauft und dann noch die Reste von meinem Kuchen mit - wir sind durchaus satt geworden und es war auch echt alles sehr lecker!
    Wir sind dem Schatten des Baums mehrfach gefolgt, weil es in der prallen Sonne einfach zu warm war. Ich hab ein bisschen auch gelesen bevor wir uns dann auf den Weg gemacht haben um Bilder zu machen. Es waren zu der Zeit immer weniger Menschen da, was natürlich ideal ist. Ich mag das Bild, wo ich springe sehr gerne. Nicht zu sehen sind die anderen Bilder aus der Reihe, wo man nicht nur meine Unterhose, sondern auch die Angst vor den Kieselsteinen auf nackte Füße sehen kann. Zu sehen ist dahingegen eine Frau, die sich köstlich über meinen Sprung amüsiert hat. Ich hoffe mal, dass sie mit mir gelacht hat und nicht über mich. Da ich auch gelacht habe muss es ja mit mir gewesen sein, anders geht das ja gar nicht, egal ob sie das will oder nicht.
    Nach den Bildern haben wir uns ein kaltes Getränk gekauft und noch ein bisschen Kuchen gegessen bevor ich Maria dann wieder zum Bahnhof gebracht habe und selber nach Hause gefahren bin. Hier hab ich dann geduscht und schon wieder gegessen... Jetzt bin ich müde, hab Kopfschmerzen und Durst. Dementsprechend gehe ich jetzt ins Bett, nehme eine Tablette und trinke etwas - vielleicht nicht in der Reinfolge.
    Euch allen eine gute Nacht! Ich hoffe ihr hattet auch so einen wundervollen Tag wie ich und konntet das tolle Wetter genießen. Ach ja. Ich hatte heute frei, weil ihr am ersten Mai frei hattet - der Maifeiertag in England ist immer der erste Montag im Mai - so, jetzt haben wir auch noch alle etwas gelernt!
    Gute Nacht und bis morgen!
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  • Day9

    Saint Michael and All Angels

    April 29 in the United Kingdom

    Situated at the top of the High Street, Lyndhurst Parish Church is dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels.  For a village of modest size, it’s an incredibly imposing, Gothic, primarily red-brick structure with towering 160 feet high spire that can be seen for miles around.
    Constructed between 1858-69, the Parish Church was designed by William White, and is well-known for its fresco by Lord Frederick Leighton showing the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, with biblical characters said to be modelled on local people.Read more

  • Day21

    Hampton Court Palace, England

    September 9, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    The last place we visited on our 6 day London Pass was Hampton Court Palace. The building of the Palace began in the 1500s by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, he was a favourite of King Henry VIII. The King seized the Palace when Wolsey fell out of favour. Numerous Monarchs have lived in the Palace and redesigned and extended on the original design. It is an enormous Palace with beautiful grounds with numerous manicured gardens. Not only could you do an audio tour but they also had an interactive tour with historic parts played by actors. We travelled onto Andover for our accommodation tonight.Read more

  • Day13

    Winchester

    April 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    This morning we went to Winchester to view the cathedral and the remains of the medieval town. Winchester was the capital of Wessex before the English capital moved to London. A large statue of Alfred the Great is in the town square. We got to see the boxes containing the bones of the early English Kings such as Ethelbert Ethelred and Knute. We came back to the ship and I had a Pancho Villa burger. In the evening we went to a musical presentation called the Rat Pack, featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Junior. Afterwards we went to a presentation given in tribute to Edith Piaf.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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

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