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Weymouth and Portland District

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  • Day27

    Portland Bill Lighthouse

    July 13, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Finger und Auslöser sind heute getrennter Wege gegangen - die Bildausbeute war also gering.
    Am Lighthouse in Portland Bill gab es ein Krabbenbrot, das Wimborner Münster in Dorset stand plötzlich da als ich den Ort gerade verlassen wollte.
    Den Schildern zur Panzerausstellung in Bovington bin ich bewusst gefolgt und war beeindruckt von dem was in der modernen Ausstellung alles zusammengetragen wurde.

    Beim Überqueren einer Brücke in Swanage war ich plötzlich in Rauch gehüllt weil ein Dampfzug darunter herfuhr. Den habe ich nicht mehr erwischt, aber zumindest den Lokschuppen samt weiterer Dampflok und Drehscheibe.
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  • Day7

    Portland Bill Lighthouse

    September 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Dieser Leuchtturm durfte in unserer Sammlung natürlich nicht fehlen und so hatte Dagi und natürlich auch wir viel Freude.

    Auf dem Weg zum Camping knurrte der Magen und so machten wir einen Halt in einem coolen Pup wo wir 6 Burger mit Chips bestellten, die Chefin war ganz schön beschäftigt und machte wahrscheinlich den Tagesumsatz mit uns ;-)

    Camping: https://www.ladrambay.co.uk/
    Bemerkungen: wunderschön gelegen, leider hat man uns etwas chaotisch empfangen und dadurch hat die doofe Chinesin an der Rezeption die ASCI-Karte nicht mehr zurück gegeben.
    Dies war aber zum Glück auf unserer weiteren Reise kein Problem.
    Wetter: wolkig und windig
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  • Day40

    Looe to Weymouth

    October 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We sadly left Looe this morning after one last walk around town. Our drive to Weymouth was beautiful especially as it was the sunniest day yet- not a cloud in the sky all day and very warm. It was the loveliest drive mainly through bush and trees on minor motorways. We made a stop for a coffee and one last scone at a lovely cafe in Honiton, an old fashioned town with some lovely wee gift shops and a market on the side of the road. Not far from there we came across a huge stretch of beach. We parked and wandered down a track to the pebble beach where several fishermen were set up. The beach was a long stretch of coast and it was a beautiful sight. Weymouth was not far from there but it was 3 pm by the time we pulled in at our apartment which is at the bottom of a very large house. We are surrounded by large beautiful manor houses, some 5 storeys. It seems a very affluent area. We immediately set off in search for food and thankfully the town centre was only a 15 minute walk and it took no time to find a lovely pub and some nice snacks to eat. This town is also set around a harbour but seems spacious and less old. There are many tourist shops and the usual amusement arcades that go with British seaside towns. However it seems very quiet and relaxed and we enjoyed walking around. We finally headed back to the apartment to get sorted for tomorrow and then we walked back into town (18 000 steps today!) for dinner at an interesting old pub where we had the best fish and chips and mushy peas of the trip. We returned at 9 thinking about our departure tomorrow.Read more

  • Day21

    Beachside at Weymouth

    July 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After Highclere Castle we drove to Stonehenge, technically only Stonehenge carpark as we appear to be tight wads and did not appreciate how much they wanted to charge for entry. On careful consideration we felt that it was more expensive than a number of other tourists attractions we had visited and was way too much for the amount of time we expected to spend looking at a few rocks.
    I did tell Phil that the last time I was at Stonehenge (35 years ago) I pulled up on the side of the road with Deb and many other vehicles and took photos at the fenceline then kept on driving.
    We drove back out of the carpark and headed for Weymouth and the further south we went the warmer the weather became. Where has this been for the last two weeks! By the time we arrived it was about 25C.
    We dropped our luggage off at our B&B, overlooking the seaside, up lots of narrow staIrs to the second floor and walked one way along the beach promenade and returned past our place to get changed into something far more summery and then continued in the other direction along the promenade to the harbour end of town. Some of the boats/yachts resting in the harbour where very impressive. On one even the dog had been brought along. We relaxed with a cool drink in a pub overlooking the harbour then continued our walk further around town.
    Most of the beach is stones like Europe but one section is sand so I assume they truck it in.
    This town is certainly geared to the summer tourist, you can rent a version of bathing boxes (some more swish than others) by the day, week or season, there are carnival rides everywhere along the beach and several amusement stores along the Esplanade.
    The view from our bedroom window over the promenade and water is great. It was a very pleasant place to relax enjoying the view with a pre dinner drink before dining italian tonight.
    While taking in our view we even got to watch a guy paddleboarding with his dog. A very happy pair indeed!

    Phil - I made the mistake of packing the cat. This was bad, as a few of our accomodation places did not let me get it out and swing it around. But to her credit Wendy has picked some great places to stay. I can say I am now converted to B & B's. We did them in Europe, and now here, and they are more homely than a cold hotel room. Also, you just do not know what you are going to get. (Or how many steps up a spiral staircase you will need to manouvere with a loaded suitcase).
    Stonehenge was a rip off. They know it , so they charge you £5 to park your car, and this comes off the entrance fee. This is because so many people would have parked and gotten to entrance and then decided it was too expensive, and went away.
    On the way to Heathrow tomorrow. I am ready to come home fully satisfied I have done the UK.
    And a big Happy Birthday to my mum, Norma. This will save me the cost of an overseas phone call, as our money is running out.
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  • Day22

    Portland and travel

    July 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    On one of my first gazes out of our sea view window this morning I noticed man and his best friend were out paddle boarding again. They have it mastered.
    After the obligatory B&B big breakfast at which I tried kippers for the first time and didn't mind we drove down to Portland which is south of the seaside town of Weymouth connected by a causeway of sorts. The area was much bigger to drive around than I had imagined but only one road in.
    We drove to the top of the island, not really an island but thats how it feels.
    The views were spectacular and they had a statue of olympic rings up there as the area hosted the sailing events for the Olympic Games in 2012. Portland also has the National Sailing Academy on site.
    We then drove across to the other side where the light house is situated and had a walk around there too. It operates all electronically now after removing the last light house keeper in 1995.
    On the drive around the homes become very same same as most are built from the same stone - Portland Stone! An interesting fact that this is where Portland Stone comes from.
    It is a very rugged coastline and no sand in sight, just stones on the beach, as the area is part of the World Heritage listed Jurassic Coast.
    It was another beautiful day today in this area with the temp getting to 25C by late afternoon. Two lovely days to finish out trip - a bonus!
    We left Portland stopping in Dorchester for lunch and a short wander on our last real day in the UK. The town centre area was quite a cute mall area.
    From Dorchester it was a long drive to Heathrow where we are booked into the Premier Inn which has a walkway to Terminal 4 where we depart from in the morning. Now that is handy!
    Phil did have to drop me off with the luggage though while he found his way around to the other side of Heathrow to return our rental car. All went well and he was even lucky enough to get a shuttle back to this terminal so he is now 'home' safe and sound.
    And now at the end of the day the sky is cloudy again.

    Phil - Well, the drive is over! Dropped back the little car that never missed a beat. It tried to match Volvo's, BMW and Mercs that zoomed by us, but the egg beater engine could only do so much. However, after driving 2200 km, around the freeways, and local small lanes, I would rather have the small car. You can literally put them anywhere. So my summary on cars in the UK, is size does not matter.
    Heathrow Airport is big. It takes about 30 minutes to drive around it, as there is a perimetre road around it. Mind you, you see a plane taking off every few minutes, so it is hard to keep an eye on the road when watching the tyres fold up into the plane.
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  • Day4


    August 15, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Das sogenannte Aquarium war ein Horror-Amusement Park! Schlimmer als viele Zoos, kleine Becken mit deorimieeten Tieren. Ich bin beschämt, das wir dort waren. Entsetzlich.

    Hive Café an der Jurassic Coast auf der anderen Seite war super. Karl und ich haben Hummer gegessen und Asha und Jay Kinder fish & chips. Totaler Erfolg.

    Jetzt gehen wir im Scheunenrestaurant am Bauernhof essen - genug Hamburger, Fritten, Bacon und so weiter gegessen die letzten paar Tage....
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  • Day9

    Back to Portland

    June 8, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We arrived back at Portland just after four, with J&N&JW a couple of hours behind as they stopped at Castle Drogo. The roads were amazingly good despite warnings about the Cornwall show. Sunny and very windy for a spell. Portland beautiful as ever. Some succulent planting and a blue Agapanthus. Sea bass for supper and an early night.Read more

  • Day4

    Jurrastic Coast

    May 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌫 11 °C

    Die Jurassic Coast ist ein Abschnitt entlang der südenglischen Ärmelkanal-Küste. Von Orcombe Point, bei Exmouth in der Grafschaft Devon im Westen, bis zu den Old Harry Rocks, bei Swanage im Osten, erstreckt sich auf einer Länge von etwa 150 km ein Küstenstreifen, der im Jahr 2001 als erste Naturlandschaft in England von der UNESCO zum Weltnaturerbe aufgenommen wurde.Read more

  • Day1

    Portland dorset

    May 31, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We began our adventure driving to Portland with the roads busier than usual arriving in sunshine and joined by Jim and Nat and Juniper. JJ cooked a special Spanish bake and we retired early ahead of and earlier than anticipated start due to anticipated fog later on Saturday. Excellent start to the holiday.Read more

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