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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth June 19th 2019

Right - not had much time for blogging the last few days, as it's either been long travelling stages, or lots of time with people. But now we're at Port Solent, Portsmouth, with time to kill before our overnight ferry, so here we go. It was getting on for 11 by the time we rolled out on Sunday, after lots of packing up, stowing away, and swapping back of borrowed kit. (as far as we know, we DID succeed in getting back all our own stuff, and nothing of anyone else's!) The rest of the morning the weather was grim, all the way up the M5 and M42, but started to clear a bit on the M6, so that the long A14 stretch was in really nice weather! Still, a long journey, right across to Wrentham, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth April 1st 2018

Friday March 30,2018 Awoke to rainy weather in Portsmouth,UK! I gave a hug to my Aunt&Uncle and said”Good Morning.” I patted their black Labrador named Cilla. After having a lovely breakfast and a wonderful cup of Earl Grey tea, I got dressed and ready for our day. “A Beastly,yucky and dreary day in Portsmouth!” Aunt Philippa,uncle Jeremy and I got excited to head to Waitrose and an Art Exhibit in a revamped Silo, about 30 minutes away. Waitrose is a wonderful and upscale british grocery store like Sainsbury. One of the few unique things is a DIY Scanner where you scan your grocery items, which is fun! We then headed back home to get lunch ready and relax a bit. Philippa and I took Cilla for a walk on their country road which was great because ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth October 13th 2017

Our main reason for coming to Portsmouth was to see the Mary Rose -Henry VIII‘s battleship- and the Victory- Nelson’s battleship- at the Portsmouth Naval dockyard. Today was the day we had set aside for the visit. After breakfast, we walked from Southsea down to the dockyard. It took us about 30 minutes. Unfortunately the weather was again overcast and a bit drizzly. The drizzle cleared, but it remained grey and with a cold wind for most of the day. We had thought of also going up the Spinnaker tower, but we didn’t think we would get a great view today, so abandoned that idea. Once at the dockyard, we looked at the plan of the exhibits and decided to start with the Mary Rose, because it was the farthest exhibit from the entrance. The ship ... read more
Some of the Mary Rose guns
The remains of the Mary Rose
Looking across the dockyard to the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth July 31st 2017

Day one of 'three go round Europe' and given that we're in the right hotel, at the right time with a still intact roof box and a sleeping baby, I'd say it was a success. With the boy in nursery we had to figure out how to pack the entire house into the car, remember everything and fit roof bars and a roof box all in time to fetch him at one and head on our way. Having not realised it was the 'national panic buying of roofboxes weekend' we head stupidly assumed Mr halford and his team of friendly efficient staff would supply and fit us a nice box on our roof. Several fraught hours shopping and umpteen phone calls and we realised that we would have to go it alone. With plenty of encouragement ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth June 14th 2017

Wednesday 14 June we left Plymouth behind and made our way to Portsmouth via the motorway and pretty English villages. We are staying at the Royal Marine Club for six nights - a very nice hotel just near the harbour. Parking at the hotel was at a premium but John found a parking spot for our little red bus and there it will stay until we leave. Thursday we bought ourselves a ticket to the historic dockyards which allows us to explore this great place over a number of days. Our first stop was HMS Warrior 1860, a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61 and HMS Victory. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalger in 1805, the shop he died on. We ... read more
Dinner with David and Christine Farmer
Part of the Mary Rose
Portsmouth Docks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth September 6th 2015

Geo: 50.7989, -1.09116Okay folks after this we will be caught up and will not hassle you with as many rapid entries. But today we took a two hour train ride south of London to Portsmouth where the HMS Warrior is docked. Also present is the much more famous HMS Victory, which is in dry dock, and the HMS Mary Rose, which is in the final stages of preservation.The Warrior was the first metal ship. It was not a clad as were the confederate ships but rather like the Union Monitor, although much larger. The ship had both sail and steam power. When launched in 1860 it is said to have made existing ships obsolete. Warrior soon became obsolete herself as sails were dispensed with on newer models.Victory, of course, was Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar. Also where ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth April 11th 2015

PORTSMOUTH - miasto położone na południowym brzegu wyspy Portsea nad Kanałem La Manche. Wyspa jest przepiękna, otoczona z jednej strony wspomnianym kanałem, z drugiej cudowną, malowniczą cieśniną Solent, z innej zaś strony można podziwiać piękne wzgórza i lasy, które porastają okolicę aż do skalistego wybrzeża. Strategiczne położenie tego miasta pozwoliły na założenie tu największej bazy marynarki wojennej. Pierwszy port w tym rejonie powstał za czasów Normanów czyli około 1050-1150 AD. Rozkwit miasta przypada jednak na czasy panowania Henryka VII czyli 1485-1509 AD który to właśnie w Portsmouth wybudował królewską stocznię z pierwszym i największym na świecie suchym dokiem, który jest nadal w użytku. Później miasto odgrywało ważną rolę we wszystkich wojnach prowadzonych prze Wielką Brytanię. W okresie wojen Henryka VIII wykorzysty... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth August 22nd 2014

Friday August 22,2014 This morning , I awoke a bit early than usual but it was nice to see the blue sky again! Came down around 9:15 am and had breakfast and greeted everyone. After breakfast, I got dressed and ready for the day! Today was my day to travel to LONDON but by driving with Jill who is an friend of the family. Before we got into the car, I asked if we could take some group pictures and we did get some good photos. Jill and I said goodbye around 11:15 am and jumped into her MINI-COOP which was nice! Our journey only lasted about an hour, she lives near Wimbeldon Park Tube Station which is really neat. Jill drove past WIMBLEDON itself and pointed out Courts 1&2 where Tennis "Greats" have played, which ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth August 21st 2014

Thursday August 21,2014 Awoke in Portsmouth with blue skies and some sun but the weather was playing tricks with everybody. I went downstairs and greeted everyone around 8:45 am. I had a nice breakfast then I walked back upstairs to change. After breakfast and "english" tea, we all went outside because it was very beautiful. I went to watch Philippa and Jeremy play tennis against Hermione and Jim, in the end the parents beat the "youngsters"! Great Rallies! Good game played by all! Around 10:35 am, I went with Jeremy to pick up a cousin of Philippa and a 2nd cousin once removed for Hermione & I. Jane Watkeys comes from Swansea, Wales and she is a retired doctor! It was great to see and catch up with all of her news! Later on, we set ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth May 17th 2014

Around March-April something got into me as I was among the first ones to reply to participate in the events organized by our Social Club at the company. This is how I ended up going to a roller skating disco in April with a confident approach: it can't be that hard to stand and just let myself roll ahead, right? It was a disaster for me. The last time I had wheels on my feet was when I was around 12 and I thought you can't forget that. Well, my brain remembered but my body did not. It was quite an argument inside my head when I had to face with the fact that I just can't stand up from my seat with the roller skates on my feet. When I had something to hold onto ... read more
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