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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton July 10th 2023

Day 10 - To the Manor Born Our destination for today was Chilworth. It's an outer suburb of Southampton. We decided there's no point going all the way into Southampton which is quite a big city if we were just going to move on the next morning. Distance today is 44 miles or about 70kms. The George Inn was very comfortable (for me as I had the double bed) and a little less so for Jeff (on the roll out bed), Food at the pub was a bit hit and miss but still a nice place to stay. We left via National Route 24 which provided such magnificent riding yesterday and this morning it didn't disappoint. Quiet roads with fields all around, some with corn, some grass for hay, and other with vegies of some sort. ... read more
Thatched roof houses everywhere
Interesting Facades

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton March 31st 2023

March 31 – We’re Alive..... Kirsten wakes me up.... It’s 6:30 am, we’re alive and we’ve made it to Southampton. I rollover and mumble great, wake me up later for breakfast in a couple of hours. Just like an alarm clock, Kirsten wakes me up fully dressed and ready to explore Southampton. I rollout and crawl to the bathroom. Kirsten says I’ll be up on the LIDO deck waiting for you, the next sound I hear is the door slamming. I’m half dressed, brushing my teeth and I hear the door opening. It’s Edwin, coming to clean the room. I swear he is living in our closet. I finish dressing and head out the door, Goodbye Mr. Steve.... Kirsten in true form is waiting and ready to go, she has made me breakfast and lunch and ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton January 11th 2023

Well the day has finally arrived. The house is cleaned, cases packed and dog staying with Anna, Ian’s daughter. We load seven cases into Ian’s brother camper van the only vehicle big enough to accommodate us and our baggage as we travel to Southampton. We arrive early and as seasoned travellers with Cunard we have priority boarding so are swiftly through check in and security. We go to our cabin, home for the next three and a half months and wait for our luggage. The luggage arrives too late for us to dress for dinner so after unpacking and managing to find a home for everything we go to Kings Court, the buffet restaurant and grab some food which I find disappointing but Ian enjoys. (Ian - Thai veg curry, very nice.) Then it’s off to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Southampton August 11th 2021

Yesterday was a perfect day. Up on time (a miracle) we parked up at the station in Bridgenorth We then re parked when we realised we'd parked as far away as it was possible to park from the station itself. We got on our steam engine in our own compartment for the day and off we went. We (ash) heat a great time filling in the kids eyes spy booklet they gave us and spotting milk horses, wool dogs and ham cats out of the window ? Our first stop was Kidderminster for a wander round. Ash had to be pulled away from the box of free VHS tapes in the 'antiques' shop and Seth developed diabetes and a green face from the ridiculous lolly he persuaded is was a good idea.,...we had a cuppa, escaped ... read more

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

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