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  • Day7

    Portchester Castle and Bosham

    September 17 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Portchester Castle has been descibed as "a Medieval Castle within a Roman Fort". It was originally built by the Romans as one of the "Forts of the Saxon Shore" in the late 3rd century to defend against Saxon pirates. The first picture shows the castle as viewed from our Portsmouth Harbour tour (it became an important port due to its location at the head of the harbour) and the second shows Helen and part of the Roman Walls (which are still almost completely intact). Portchester was developed as a castle in the 13th century, with a keep and an Inner Bailey (courtyard) in one corner, and used as a prison in the 17th and 19rh centuries, during the Anglo Dutch war and the Spanish Succession, respectively. The rest of the enclosure now has a small, local church and lots of open space within the walls.

    We travel on to Chichester in West Sussex via Bosham, a beautiful coastal village on an inlet which forms part of the Chichester Harbour area. We see the Holy Trinity Church and walk round the small harbour - stunning.
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  • Day24

    Portchester Castle

    August 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    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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  • Day1

    Southampton Port

    February 16, 2011 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    First impressions of the ship are good, seems a nice classy ship, people had told me it was a bit tired and needed a refit, but I disagree, its lovely.
    Theatre is nice, if a bit on the small side.
    The bars are good and varied in style.
    Went to the restaurant last night and the food and service could not be faulted.
    Got up early again this morning, to see the storm...lol.
    The ship is rocking quite a bit, and some very big waves are hitting the side.
    Just been for breakfast in the buffet, lt's called the Conservatory on this ship.
    It was quite empty, very easy to get a seat...so the rough seas have a good side in this case...lol.
    Going to have a quiet read somewhere, then there's a "meet & mingle" type thing I'm going to later.
    Btw, the average passenger age on board is quite old, so I'm expecting quite a sedate cruise....lol.
    Woo hoo just won my first on board quiz all on my own.
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