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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester November 17th 2018

The plane ride was good, a picnic with complimentary wine and cheese and crackers that I’d brought were a great way to start the flight. After customs, we found the location of our bus ride to Winchester then found some Italian coffee to pass the 3 hours we had to wait. The bus ride would have been interesting if we would not have kept falling asleep. We arrived in downtown Winchester, hopped into a cab and went to our hotel. We wanted to go to dinner in downtown Winchester but couldn’t find the wherewithal to leave so ate at the hotel restaurant. This was actually a good choice as the food was good and gluten-free. The buffet breakfast had lots of choices so we could fill up on food that would last for several hours. We ... read more
Mulled wine stand at the Cathedral
A Street Performer sword swallower
The Winchester Cathedral by day

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester October 11th 2018

After witnessing yesterday‘s epic traffic/gridlock at Waterloo Bridge, my brain would simply NOT shut off during the night, trying to calculate the best way for me to catch this morning’s train to Winchester. Every mode had risks: the Tube involved carrying my large, heavy case on stairs at each end, all surface-modes involved rush hour. So, after about three hours’ sleep, I showered, packed up, woke Fae for a hug, and took off for Waterloo Station at dawn. Naturally, I caught the first bus and arrived a ridiculous two hours early. However, I made the most of my time, ensconcing myself at a luxury mezzanine cafe, enjoying Eggs Florentine and a latte while watching the mayhem on the station floor below.... Tonight I’m in a cozy Air BnB room near the rail station, and have spent ... read more
Winchester (rushing the season a bit)
Winchester Buttercross
Winchester riverside park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester November 8th 2017

On our way to pick up a cruise to Norway via a stopover in Winchester. A quick cruise up to the Arctic Circle to try and spot the Northern Lights in Alta, Norway. Just four Norwegian ports. Cheers... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester May 29th 2017

Hi travel followers/lovers. We finally got a free day (raining and miserable outside) to start updating everyone on our UK adventures. After leaving Martinstown and after we finished our first UK house sit, we had 4 days to tour the south west coast of Cornwall, England. We travelled from Martinstown to Polperro via Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Plymouth. All lovely towns, BUT I must say Polperro has to take the win for the most beautiful little cove we have seen to date. We stayed the night at Milly's B&B after walking to the Smugglers Cove , but the weather was a bit crook so we waited it out in front of the fire with a couple of "Pimms & Ginger ales" in the Three Pilchards Inn while overlooking the harbour. Just one of those spots and ... read more
Polpero Harbour
Polpero main street
Polpero Harbour & township

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester June 2nd 2014

Visit to Winchester Mark took a day off on Friday, 5 March 2014, and treated me to visit Winchester. We had lunch at the Chinese Restaurant near the station. Then, we headed for the Cathedral via the High Street. After paying the admission fees, we started strolling through the inside of the Cathedral, found the medieval nave, 12th century font, Jane Austen’s grave, the great screen, monuments of celebrities including William Walker, choir stalls with ornate carvings with the theme of a lively enchanted forest, the fishermen’s chapel, and looked round the library and Triforium Gallery. We saw the priceless Winchester Bible and a number of beautiful illustrated books in the library and fragments of the old monuments including the tomb of St Swithum. The highlights include the Norman Crypt situated beneath the east end of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester October 21st 2013

We chose to stay closer to Basingstoke this day, and visit Winchester. What a beautiful little place! We strolled around the streets and saw all the sights. We went to lunch at the Royal Oak pub, which was very good. They had a lunch special that we all got, which was a sandwich, chips, and a drink. I had duck on a baguette and a beer. After lunch we walked around for another few hours and then drove back to Basingstoke. Our friend's husband had to work this day and we went back to meet him and the kids. He works for the Lord of Portsmouth, so we met him at the property for a little tour.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester August 22nd 2012

England Segment Winchester Aug 19 – 22 We took the Heathrow Express to Paddington then the Bakerloo to Waterloo Station. After fumbling around a bit to validate our train ticket I noticed that the ticket was good for anytime that day. After Ross verified that we caught the very next train that left in 9 minutes. Saved us an hour or more waiting and it was a direct train. We had a late lunch at Porterhouse and then taxied to Giffard House B&B. Very nice place – we have a huge room with 2 bathrooms. We went walking and most things were closed as it was Sunday. Bed early. Monday was spent walking, shopping, sightseeing and shopping. Excellent lunch at Ginger Two and a bargain dinner at The Slug and Lettuce. Tuesday we rented bicycles and ... read more
Monday shopping crowds
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester August 10th 2012

Going Again A few days left until we leave for Iceland where Ross will try a marathon after fracturing his foot in 3 places. Then we fly to Heathrow, take the train to Winchester and do another walk. I need to try out my second pair of hikers. The Coast to Coast boots did not feel good at all this week and they are on their way to the Salvation Army. Poles are ready though and hopefully the cameras. I'll try to keep them dry this time. I tried to read through the walk directions (this time only 100 miles in 10 days) and noticed 2 hills and Ross tried to explain how high 800m is. Seemed doable. Time to gather documents and set up the itinerary.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester February 11th 2011

Having spent our entire journey up to this point in the larger and more famous cities in Europe, you might think that going to Winchester would be lacking in something for our grand finale. There's no public transit, no tourist spectacles, no broadway shows and no malls. However, replace all that with cozy pubs, christmas markets, beautiful churches, and people who have been waiting two years to see you again. Winchester has been, to me, a home away from home. It's not often you can walk down a street two years later and still see people you recognize, and who, in turn, recognize you. It's as close to perfect as I've found in the world, and after traveling to Berlin, London, Barcelona and everywhere else, Winchester was the right place to cap off such an amazing ... read more
The River Itchen
The Path to St. Katherine's Hill

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester January 9th 2011

Right well today is the big day, flight leaves in about 9 hours... read more

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