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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton October 12th 2017

Today was a driving day. We left Wells after breakfast and made some stops on our way to Southhampton. The first was at Stourhead. This is a big property with beautiful gardens. There were already quite a few people in the carpark as we parked our car, and some already in the gardens. The house did not open until 11am, so we started in the gardens. The weather was fine and the sun was coming out, so a good day! The gardens were lovely to walk through. A large lake invited us to take photos including the reflection of the buildings and trees on the water. Around the lake there are many small buildings- grottos, temples and cottages. We were surprised that you couldn’t see the house from the gardens, or the gardens with the pond ... read more
Autumn colours at Stourhead
Gothic house at Stourhead
Front of the house at Stourhead

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton August 5th 2017

Princess Cruises provided a transfer from our London hotel to the cruise terminal in Southampton. Once again, a private driver and car picked us up. It was quite interesting to converse with the driver, an immigrant from Afghanistan, about the current world situation. He had a brother located in New York state and a sister in Germany. His brother operates an Afghan restaurant while he is a professional driver using his own car. I must note that I found it interesting that highway distances are still indicated in miles in the UK while temperature and other measurements are given in Metric. I've known Southampton as the arrival and departure port for the great transatlantic ocean liners during much of the 20th century. The Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, S.S. United States and QEII as well as the ... read more
Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook
Port of Southampton
Automobiles the the Port of Sothampton

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 7th 2016

Dateline: Southampton, England May 7, 2016 Sunny Southampton, Titanic, Mayflower, Stinking Rich and Underground Vaults Friday, after a 2 hour drive, we left the little airport in Florence but only by a miracle. We checked a couple of bags, as the plane was going to be small, and headed off to find some lunch. Delicious Margarita Pizza. The airport was very crowded so we decided to keep our seats in the restaurant as long as we could. We still had about 2 hours before we needed to be at Gate 7 which was just downstairs and about a 3 minute walk away. We would take turns looking in the pretty shops and reading. About 10 minutes before we were to board Cope took another walk around to check things out and …lo and behold…our gate had ... read more
City Walls
Opening to shoot an arrow from the wall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton January 5th 2016

Tuesday 5th January, 2016. Embark Marco Polo Yesterday we received a message on voicemail to inform us that we would now be embarking the ship at Southampton instead of Avonmouth. We were a little p***ed off about this as the same thing had happened to us last year! At the 11th hour we were told we would not be going from Avonmouth but from Plymouth. So now we have a 3/3 score of not departing or arriving at Avonmouth - our home town!!! Even more irritating was that we had arranged to have lunch with our friends Mike and Liz who are kindly storing our decrepit car on the driveway of their posh Southfork Ranch type house. The change of port meant that we had to check in earlier than originally planned so that we could ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton October 29th 2015

Morning arrived at long last, up before the alarm, repacking done and taxi awaiting at 08.15. Now I know embarkation doesn't start until 12 noon and yes I know the hotel is a two minute taxi ride, but I've been waiting for this trip for a year and I am ready to go! Of course we were the first ones there and the folk who had been on the one night cruise had yet to disemabrk, so we sat patiently watching the departing passengers leave, quietly coveting their NCL Escape goodie bags. A few more people arrived, including Bruce, an American guy who Alex met in the elevator at the notel, so chatted to him and an older single gentleman who lived in the Bahamas. Eventually our cases were checked in and we were in group ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton October 28th 2015

Quite a few things on the agenda today so headed to the mall first thing, grabbed breakfast in M&S before heading off to Chichester to visit with Alex's 90-odd year old Grandad in his nursing home. Ron was delighted to see Alex and we wheeled him into a sunny spot in the garden and let them have a good catch up, it was an emotional moment as time goes by so quickly and we don't get over to the UK to visit so often, so it was a nice hour spent. After saying our goodbyes we headed back to Southampton and after some last minute purchases, grabbed some food to go and drove across to the dock and said hello to the beautiful Norwegian Escape, sat on the pier opposite and stared in awe of the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton June 19th 2015

Assumption - We will sleep on the plane, as we have an overnight flight. Fact: Reagan (at 4 years old) generally gets 12-14 hours of sleep a day. The night before we left, she was up all night with nightmares. She went to school in the morning and I was hopeful that she would nap before we embarked on our day long journey. No such luck. Ok, so maybe she will sleep on one of the 3 planes that we would be on over the next 14 hours - some, but very little. Fact: Reagan had approximately 3 collective hours of sleep throughout our travel. I will spare you the detail of what a 4 year old on that much lack of sleep/food behaves :) and leave it to your imagination. Fact: The complimentary wine onboard ... read more
Peppa's family

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 25th 2015

THE END - it's been fun !!!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton May 25th 2015

Hi everyone, arrived home safely, was up 48 hours, so very tired and very jet lagged !! Got to the airport nice and early Saturday evening in Melbourne. Remember we were trying to get our upgrade using Sue's points, well Stu went off to speak to customer services, came back and said they received Robert's e -mail from the Melbourne Qatar offices and they have two seats left in business class and we can have them using Sue's points !! Well I was estatic, then he dropped the bomb shell !!! Sue needs to be with us to sign !! Noooooooooooooooooo, then Stu said 'well it's not going to happen as NO Sue', but then said he got the best economy seats booked on the plane !! Well I was baffled as I didn't know there ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton January 11th 2015

It is just one week to go before we set off on our journey. Excited is an understatement of how we feel. In the last few days Lyn has discovered relations in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, who descend from her Great Great Grandfather Simeon Strange. We have already set up meetings in Melbourne and Adelaide; this adds another dimension to our trip. First stop Heathrow airport terminal 3 next Sunday. Bye for now... read more

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