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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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  • 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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  • Day25

    Day 23 Southampton - London

    August 24, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Off the ship for the final time this morning about 8 am. We arranged to get a cab to the rail station with a couple of friends we made on the ship and disembarking was so easy we were off the ship and at the station within 25 minutes which meant over an hour’s wait for our 9.30 train to Waterloo station in London.

    That all went smoothly enough and we arrived about 11.15 and picked up a black taxi to our hotel/apartment in South Kensington. You know how Londons cabbies used to do “the knowledge” (which was a test that meant they had to memorise every street and the quickest direction to it in central London)? Our cabbie was obviously a complete failure at the knowledge as after 40 minutes in his taxi we were further away from where we wanted to be than when we started.

    We had done this trip a few times before so I knew he was completely lost and following a few increasingly heated exchanges we parted ways, settling on a ten pound (out of the 45 on the meter) as fair exchange for his uselessness. I imagine he can still hear the very colourful language I used as I left the cab and hopefully my parting advice to him about choosing a different career path comes to fruition.

    Anyway ten minutes and one driver who did actually know his way around later, we were at the Collingham apartments. We have stayed here about 4 times previously and they really look after us. We have been given a split level balcony apartment and there was a bottle of wine and chocolates awaiting us on arrival.

    London has a reputation for cool cloudy weather, well not today! Almost 30 degrees with more just like it forecast for the next few days. It was a very hot and sweaty journey by tube out to Camden Town Markets for the afternoon where we were met by every other person in London who also wanted to be there on a Saturday afternoon - jeez it was packed!

    Made a few purchases and made our way back to Kensington about 4 pm. After a quick stop at one of the local pubs and a bit of supermarket shopping we decided to call a halt to the day about 6 pm.

    I had intended to get to a local football match (probably QPR) but the time it took to get to our apartment and the crowds at Camden Town put paid to that. A quiet night in cooking for ourselves in preparation for another day in the London heat tomorrow.

    Photos show... The Collingham Apartments; several shots of the inside and balcony of room 122...
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  • Day23


    October 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Absolutely beautiful little village built up around an Abbey, which has since been turned into a (very expensive) tourist trap. Evidently there is a Decent car museum amongst it all but we didn't have the time to spare in justifying the exorbitant entry fee.

  • Day9

    Saint Michael and All Angels

    April 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    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

  • Day26

    A walk in the New Forest

    August 18, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today we had a brilliant day getting back to nature. We headed off to the New Forest and started with a long walk through the New Forest Wildlife Park. We arrived in time to see the feeding of the Otters - some very big ones and some extremely small and cute.

    The big attraction for Mary was always going to be the Butterfly House, but on the way she stopped see the Harvest Mice - so tiny and fascinating - we spent a good time there watching them. There were dozens of large butterflies to see - couldn't get a good photo of the big blue ones - but got some good photos of others. It was like a steam room - funny to be so hot in the UK!

    We drove around the New Forest to places where you would love to stop for longer, Lynhurst, Minstead,Totton, Boldre, Lymington and Beaulieu. Each place had plenty of things to see and do, there were museums, marinas, market towns and pubs. Today was nearing the end of school holidays and so there were heaps of people, cars and bikes everywhere. Still it had a great holiday atmosphere.

    On the drive home, through the Solent National Nature Reserve, we crossed cattle grids because there were free ranging horses/ponies and cattle all along the road - just brilliant. Large flat, moor like areas - very different from the rest of the New Forest.

    Tomorrow we leave Southampton for a couple of days in Brighton - a place we decided a couple of trips ago that we needed to return to and see all the sights - let's see how we go with all the holiday makers.

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  • Day12

    Vandring och pubmat

    May 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Från början var det meningen att vi bara skulle gå en liten promenad på max 3 km, men som alltid skenar vi iväg helt okontrollerat. Det blev över 9kms vandring, leriga skor, och lunch på The plough inn. Plocktallrik med alla möjliga godsaker. MUMS!!

  • Day1

    Isle of wight

    April 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Mit der Fähre gegen 11 uhr gelandet. Artur braust ber die Insel immer dicht links am Rinnstein lang😜😜Haben das Sommerschloß von Königin Victoria auf der Insel besichtigt und die Needles am Westende der Insel. Zur Entspannung gibt es jetzt einen Drink🍸

  • Day6

    Letzter Tag

    April 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Heute Koffer packen (viel Marmelade gekauft)!!! Mal sehen ob er zugeht😜😜Zeit ging viel zu schnell vorbei😒Morgen ca. 150 meilen zum Flughafen✈️Tschüss Puppenstube Südengland🏰🏰600 Meilen hat Artur im Linksverkehr geschafft🚗🚗

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