Lewes is worth a visit. A...
Lewes is worth a visit. A historic town full of old houses, shops, old english pubs, a ruined abbey, castle and Ann of Cleves house. We arrived in Lewes at lunchtime and found a very nice pub serving food at reasonable prices. Then a wander around the shops including a market full of antiques and craft shops. Then a tour of the castle. The castle itself is atop a steep hill and can be difficult for those people who are not very fit or are disabled. There is some stocks in the castle gardens which my friend decided to place her children in, unfortunately she managed to break the stocks much to the amusement of the other visitors. My comment was to my friend who was promptly dying of embarrassment 'they have been there for hundreds of years and you broke them'. A visit to Ann of Cleves house to see what life was like living in the reign of Henry the Eight. The house itself was tudor in style with heavy wooden beams. Anns bedroom was full of wall hanging as wallpaper wasnt used in those times. The double bed was extremely short as people were smaller then. What I found unusual was there was no ceiling in the bedroom you could look straight upto the roof tiles a bit chilly in winter. A trip to the abbey ruins is worthwhile and not too far from Ann's house. All in all I enjoyed Lewes and would recommend a visit. Please be aware that Lewes is full of very steep hills.
"Festival Of the Sea"
The 2005 festival was held same year that Portsmouth was celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Over 500 vessels came to the International Festival of the Sea, which was from June 30th to July 3rd 2005 with more Tall Ships appearing than ever before. The visiting naval fleet is also the largest ever assembled for the event with visiting warships from the guest nations of International Fleet Review (June 28th) joining in the festivities and allowing unique “climb aboard” access to the public. Hundreds of smaller classic, traditional and working vessels will add to the colour, vibrancy and unique atmosphere of Europe’s greatest celebration of the sea.
Whilst the ships are undoubtedly some of the biggest stars of the show, the Festival’s unique character is bought to life ashore by the thousands of artists, entertainers, musicians, and actors, who were specially commissioned to help create a truly extraordinary event.
The next Festival of the Sea to be held in Portsmouth will be in 2009.
Fratton is a residential and formerly industrial area of Portsmouth, Hampshire. It consists of mostly Victorian terraced houses, and is typical of the residential areas in the city. In the past it housed a huge railway depot, but this has mostly been dismantled now, making way for a shopping complex and the redevelopment of Portsmouth F.C.'s stadium, Fratton Park.
There is also a modest shopping centre on Fratton Road, called The Bridge, which is dominated by a large ASDA supermarket, and in atmosphere reflects the working class roots of the neighbourhood, with local, low-budget shops and cafes.
So so pub food
This place is a nice enough pub but gets mixed reviews from us. It was a convenient location, just down the street from our B & B and had a pleasant if typical pub ambience. The waiter was polite enough but let us know we were postponing his dinner and he had not eaten all day. He was obviously overworked. Prices were reasonable though I don't remember exactly what our bill was. I had a tuna melt pannini on a baguette which was a bit dry and without much taste at all. My wife had pizza margharita which was very good. My Guiness was good of course.
HMS Warrior was built at Blackwall, London in 1860, and launched on 29th December of the same year. She was the first 'Ironclad' warship, but that was her downfall because in a matter of a few years her 'modern' form of construction was overtaken by new designs.
HMS Warrior has a length of 420 feet (128 metres), and weighs 9,210 tons. She never had to fire a shot in anger, her strength was her ability to keep the peace at the time. She was used as an oil jetty in Milford Haven in Wales for 50 years and was 'rescued' for restoration in the 1970's.