Above Bar - Below Bar
You'll find that the town centre is often referred to as being two distinct entities - the half which is "above bar" and the other half "below bar". This doesn't refer to the strategic siting of one of the pubs (HaHa!) but rather the old town's Bar Gate in the middle of the High treet which was the northern entrance to the Medieval walled town. There is actually a church called "The Church Above Bar"which sounded like my sort of place of worship until I found out why and so I'll continue with my devout atheism for the time being.
The actual walls to which it was once attached have long since disappeared (partly due to the German WWII air raids) and the gateway just sort of IS. Interesting though and it is in remarkably good nick!
Return to the QE2
Our small boat made one last pass of the QE2, approaching from the opposite side of Southampton Water. By the time we cruised under the great liner's bow, a number of sailboats were also checking out the ship from close quarters. The crew was finishing their maritime re-certification lifeboat drill as we rounded the QEII Berth and we began up the River Itchen.
More photos, technical statistics, and a brief history of the Queen Elizabeth 2 can be found in my Southampton Travelogues.
My home town
I lived in southampton for 18 years before i moved to university but its still my home town and i love coming home to it. Its not everyones cup of tea, extensive bombing in WW2 left most of the city flatted and the rebuilding wasnt too attractive. however there are still gems to be found amonst the concrete, such as medieval houses and historic landmarks- great if you have a special interest in maritime history and its proximity to the new forest and south coast beaches as well as other south coast cities makes it a good place for outdoor people too!