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    • Day 9

      Rookesbury Park Club Campsite

      June 22, 2022 in England ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Nach unserem anstrengenden Stonehenge Abenteuer suchten wir uns diesen schön gelegenen Campingplatz auf dem wir einen wirklich schönen Stellplatz bekamen und uns von der Anstrengenden Wanderung erholten.Read more

    • Day 8

      Southampton/Isle of Wight

      June 11, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Over the weekend, we drove to meet family in Southampton. We took a ferry to the Isle of Wight, which is a seafront of beaches with dinosaur remains, fossils and Queen Victoria’s castle. We tried the popular Victorian sponge cake, and it did not disappoint. On Sunday we attended a Church of England service with cousins and finished the day off at the New Forest National Park where we saw wild horses!Read more

    • Day 23

      Embarking Celebrity Silhouette

      October 20, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      As beautiful as the weather was yesterday, it was that crummy today … at least until late afternoon.

      We woke up to decidedly chilly temps and rain, which continued on and off throughout the day. At times it was just a barely noticeable drizzle. At other times it was a downpour … usually short in duration. Keeping fingers crossed that we’d catch a break when it was time to embark Celebrity Silhouette, we went down to the dining room for our morning meal.

      In fact, we did luck out a couple of times with the weather.

      First, there was a break in the rain when we set off to drop off our checked bags with the longshoremen at the City Cruise Terminal. To double our luck, we found an old IKEA cart at the entrance to the port … which made managing our bags on the sidewalk that was in less than good condition much easier.

      We had no desire to board the ship … it was only 10:30a and we planned to walk into town for some gelato before embarking Silhouette. But we wondered if we might be able to check-in while the terminal was still quiet. So we headed there next.

      No problem … even though our check-in slot was between 1:00-1:30p. No one blinked an eye. They just directed us inside with instructions to have our passports and express passes handy. No lines anywhere … just a few passengers lallygagging here and there. Formalities took maybe 5 minutes and we were done. We would realize later just how lucky we were to have managed check-in so quickly.

      Leaving the terminal, we walked out into ever-increasing rain. No can do on the walk into town for gelato. We had arranged for a late check out at noon at the Holiday Inn and left our carry-on bags there, so we returned to relax in our room for a while. A smart move, as it turns out. No sooner were we under cover that the rain really started to come down … the downpour lasting about an hour this time.

      Another lucky break in the rain just as we decided to return to the terminal to embark the ship shortly after noon allowed us to walk to the City Cruise Terminal without getting wet. In fact, the clouds seemed to be moving out … the sun breaking through with patches of blue in the sky. Excellent!

      Seeing the lines snaking around the waiting area inside the terminal — passengers queued up at least four deep, waiting their turn to check-in — made us appreciate our quick check-in this morning all the more. Since we’d completed the formalities already, we were allowed to skip the line with just a quick scan of our express passes and continue straight to the gangway.

      The rest of our embarkation day story will be in the next footprint …
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      love it when things work out so smoothly

    • Day 21

      We’re Negative!

      October 18, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 57 °F

      To embark the ship on Thursday, we need to not only have proof of our COVID-19 vaccines in hand, but also PCR or antigen test results showing that we are in good health.

      Once we were settled into the room, we took out the e-Med testing kits we had purchased earlier this year. Using the free wi-fi provided by the hotel, we connected with testing proctors who gave us step by step instructions and watched as we followed through. Fifteen minutes later, we had what we wanted … a “single pink line” negative result for each of us!

      We’re now all set for embarkation day. But first … a bit of relaxing tonight … and a bit of sightseeing tomorrow.
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      I had to help Maryruth do e-med last spring. hoping things will have eased a bit by next March when Deb and I do our Viking cruise on the Rhine

      Two to Travel

      Technically no testing anymore. I think Celebrity did this because it was a TransAtlantic returning to the USA 🇺🇸.

    • Day 22

      A-Wander in Southampton

      October 19, 2022 in England ⋅ 🌬 63 °F

      Admittedly, Southampton itself doesn’t offer all that much … sightseeing-wise … especially if you’ve been there before as we have.

      Of course, we could have stayed in London … but a big city wasn’t what we wanted since we had just one day prior to embarking our cruise in Southampton. Of course, we could have taken the ferry to the Isle of Wight … or done a tour that would have taken us to some of the charming towns and castles nearby. But, we just wanted an easy day to rest up after a long travel day. Southampton gave us just that today.

      A tasty and filling breakfast at the Holiday Inn — included in our room rate — started off our day. Despite a light breeze, the temperature was comfortable. The early morning overcast gave way to sunshine and patchy blue skies by mid-morning. Perfect for a wander around town.

      Our meander took us to old city walls … where we walked in the footsteps of yore and wondered what life was like when these same walls stood tall and strong to protect the residents. Along narrow, cobblestone streets we walked … where colorful blooms and interesting architecture charmed us. To two museums we went … the Seacity Museum offering a peek into history and the city’s connection to the ill-fated Titanic; the City Art Museum giving us a glimpse of some colorful and interesting art.

      Our quest for a midday meal took us to the Duke of Wellington, an inn/pub built over the foundations of a house dating back to the 12th century … and housed in a building that dates back to around 1490. Damaged by enemy action during WWII, the inn was restored in the 1960s but has the charm of much earlier times … delicious fish & chips and an exceptional brownie served with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Yummy! Yummy!

      We returned to the hotel mid-afternoon, happy and satisfied with our day of exploring Southampton … and ready to put our feet up after an 11,100-step day.
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      Sonia Gelman

      Nice. I like this kind of explore


      not sure how long we will be in Southampton but the Duke of Wellington sounds like a major choice.

      Two to Travel

      If you’re taking the O xfer they will take you directly to the ship … May not have time to get back ashore if you have an early sailaway.


      ah. I thought as much

    • Day 19

      Hardhat Diver’s Labor of Love

      June 13, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      In the early 1900s, Winchester Cathedral was sinking. A man named William Walker singlehandedly save the building by donning his hardhat diving gear and spending hours underneath it in the mucky sludge to save it. This dangerous task was a labor of love.

      It took him five years, from 1906 to 1911, to complete this Herculean task. As you can see, there’s a bust in his honor as well as a pub named after him near Winchester Cathedral.
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    • Day 25

      Day 23 Southampton - London

      August 24, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 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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    • Day 4

      Nach der Radtour

      September 11, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Heute Abend ist mediterane bzw. italienische Nacht, die Klamotte sollte grün/weiß/rot sein. Schon beim Abendessen gibts eine kleine Showeinlage. Die Party im Atrium wiederum ist very british. Wir machen wie immer alles mit, besuchen auch Show und Bar und unseren Absacker 🍷 nehmen wir heute mit auf den Balkon.Read more

    • Day 4

      Radtour "Das Beste von Southampton" 2

      September 11, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Auch die fleißigsten Radler brauchen mal eine Pause. Also stellen wir unsere Drahtesel an der Stadtmauer ab und machen Sightseeing zu Fuß. Im urigen Pub essen wir ganz traditionell Fish and Chips, dazu gibts Cidre und Ale - lecker 😋. Noch 10 Minuten shoppen und schon müssen wir zurück zu den Rädern. Und was sehen wir da? Eins 🚲 ist weg 😱! Geklaut, mitten in unserem schönen Ausflug, nicht zu fassen. Murdin will nun neben uns herlaufen und uns so zum Schiff bringen, nebenbei noch das Tudor Haus zeigen und den Pub, in dem die Ingenieure der Titanic immer ihr Bierchen tranken. Nach kurzer Schockminute finden wir eine bessere Lösung: ich nehm den Shuttlebus zurück zum Schiff und Murdin beendet die Radtour mit meinem Fahrrad.Read more

    • Day 5

      Southampton/Windsor /England

      September 11, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Heute besuchen wir die Königin. Ein zweites Mal fahren wir nach Windsor und schauen uns das Schloss und die Kathedrale an. Auch die Wachen sind wieder von Interesse. Wir haben Gelegenheit einen neuen Bus zu kaufen. Im Doppelpack mit einem schwarzen Taxi ist er zu haben.Read more

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