Lewes is worth a visit. A...
Favorite thing: 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.
Portsmouth and Gosport are...
Favorite thing: Portsmouth and Gosport are thriving areas, they were both Navel ports, and up to a point still are, but holiday makers go there in the summer and both have a lot to offer.
Fondest memory: The Victory you have to see this.
HMS Victory is the only remaining 18th century ship of the line anywhere in the world. She is oldest serving warship still to be in commission.
HMS Victory appears today in the form in which she fought her most famous battle, the Battle of Trafalgar (21st October 1805) at which Admiral Lord Nelson was shot by a French marine from the fighting top of the Redoutable. Her appearance today still gives an immense impression of the conditions on Tuesday 14th February 1797.
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Fondest memory: Portsmouth was a place I'd always wanted to visit, as my Dad was based here with the Royal Navy before I was born. So it was very interesting for me to see this city, especially since my older brother was born in the area.
We arrived in Portsmouth about 3pm and immediately went wandering around doing some sightseeing. Eventually we checked into our bed and breakfast, a lovely place right near the water, then headed for the pubs. There were 3 within 200 yards of the B&B. It had been a beautiful, hot, sunny day and now we were ready to relax. We bought a few pints of beer and sat ourselves down on the patio of the Spice Island Inn. From our vantage point we could see the ferries going back and forth in the harbour and military planes flying overhead. We sat for a long time relaxing as the sun slowly set. It was such a peaceful time and one of the best parts of our trip.
The Mary Rose Ship hall. The...
Favorite thing: The Mary Rose Ship hall. The Mary Rose was lifted from the seabed in 1982 (after years of preparation) and is now being preserved by using the newest technology.
Before visiting the ship hall, you should start with a visit of the Mary Rose Museum.
Every half hour a 15 minute film is shown about this resque operation.
(and again not allowed to take pictures)
HMS Victory, the flagship of...
Favorite thing: HMS Victory, the flagship of Lord Nelson and also the place where he was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar.
You have to join a guided tour to get on the ship and see the inside (and to see the place where Lord Nelson was shot and the place where he finaly died).
It wasn't allowed to take photos on the ship. Take a look at the travelogue for more shots.
Fondest memory: I love the Naval History and old sailing ships of the 1700's - 1800's!! It is amazing what these men went through every day to defend their country. Many men were taken by 'press gangs' in the middel of the night, and found themselves as crew of these ships, fighting for their lives!!! We can not imagine the hardships these men faced every day, from the food or lack of, to the battles, to the years away from home.
See the Historical Dockyard.
Fondest memory: I was at Portsmouth Polytechnic (now Portsmouth University) for three years in the eighties. It was a good place to be a student. While there I was a member of the student drama group (Polydrama), and the teamwork between our backstage crew (of which I was a member) was amazing.
A BIG BANGThis cannon at...
Favorite thing: A BIG BANG
This cannon at Portsmouth gives you an opportunity to see closeup what the vessels carried as armament. They are super heavy and capable of rendering consideraable damage. It was these that gave birth to ships like Old Ironsides and eventually rendered wooden warships obsolete.
Upon seeing the Garrison...
Upon seeing the Garrison Church one could not help but think of an incomplete two story building. This church is certainly not stunning in appearance though it has considerable historical significance.
spend some of your time...
spend some of your time visiting the:
ST. THOMAS CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL
Have to get back to do a quick little Canterbury tale. We did not stop, this was a classic point, click and shoot driveby. Mindful of what happen on the streets of South Central Los Angeles, this was an entirely different type of driveby shooting.
If you were born and raised...
If you were born and raised in the UK don't fail to cruise at least once on this wonderful British built ship named
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Portsmouth, I should explain, is the closest city to Southampton provided by the VT roster. We did not have an opportunity to spend worthwhile time in Portsmouth on our excursion but we did get a few pictures, it was a scurry in and then we were gone. Supplemented with our visit to a number of areas in and around the general area ought to be sufficient for a page which I'm using Portsmouth as a launch point.
Here, in Southampton, was the end of the first leg of a Trans-Atlantic voyage from New York City. We came across on the flagship of Cunard Lines, the QE2, a ship destined to be one of the greatest ever built.
She still plies the Oceans of the World and will no doubt become a major attraction one day as time and competition force her into retirement. I'd like to think that this wonderful ship will be appropriately established as a museum in a fashion similar to the Queen Mary.
Those who enjoy cruising as a means of travel should experience at least one voyage on the QE2, it is so filled with history that it is an attraction unto itself. To this day, it is still among the most stable and fastest cruise ship in this huge industry.
There just cannot be a more memorable sight than these two grand dames of the Atlantic Ocean, it has brought tears to to the eyes of many millions of people. Whether leaving or entering New York Harbour, this wonderful ship unfailingly slows traffic as people crane their necks as if to see History itself. I need not say what the Statue of Liberty brings forth as a human reaction. The symbolism is world reknown.
Fondest memory: ..
Our tour guide was a taxi driver. We actually took two tours through him, the first on the day that we arrived in Southampton as we came in from New York City and then again, upon returning from a 15 day cruise down the coast to visit Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Gibraltar Corsica and Morocco.
On the first of these occasions, we had taken a long walk through much of the historical areas in Southampton and hailed a taxi. The driver, as it happens, was an excellent tour guide and offered to give us a quick tour of the nearby areas. We also made arrangements for him to be waiting for us when we returned from our Mediterranean voyage.
Our second excursion was one that started much earlier in the day as he was ready to roll as soon as we disembarked. As we had no luggage to be concerned with, we had all day to spend with him and cannot say enough about his efficiency and historical knowledge.
He often was called upon to be the taxi for the President of the Cunard Lines. As such, he had far more insight than the average person about the history of the QE2 and the 'inside stories' that he told us were as a history teacher. He is far more than a taxi driver.
Visit also the Royal Naval...
Favorite thing: Visit also the Royal Naval Museum to get an overview of the Story of the Navy.
(on the photo: HMS Warrior)
HMS Warrior 1860, the fastest...
Favorite thing: HMS Warrior 1860, the fastest and most powerful battleship of her day.
For some photos of the inside of the ship take a look at the travelogue.
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