Oxford, Portsmouth & Southampton
23.01.2016 - 23.01.2016 8 °C
I think we were a bit ambitious with our to-do list today! Only managed a couple of items – note to self: don’t try to fit in too many attractions in one day!!!!
We started with an early breakfast at The Cross Hands, and then headed out to Oxford. Fast drive on the motorways but prefer the “B” roads as you see more of the villages which can be really interesting (stone work, thatch, bridges). Loved our tour around Oxford town centre. The colour of the stone was different to other places, lovely honey colour, sandstone maybe?
Started the walk in misty conditions, but that soon dissipated giving us some sunshine. Still very cold, although lots of tourists around like us, bundled up with hats, scarves and gloves. Standing in the quadrangle at the Bodleian Library was amazing – very hard to get the atmosphere with a photo. Definitely a place on our re-visit list.
Then we headed down to Portsmouth – can’t stay away from the sea long! Aimed for the Naval Museum as JT wanted to see some of it. Visited the small boats display (an entire wharf building I might add) that is a working exhibit where they show small craft from naval history – including the royal pinnacle – as well as restoration projects underway. Very interesting, and discovered a boat supplied by the Woodnuts’ Boatyard of the Ilse of Wight – might be some connection to my elder sisters’ husbands’ family there. Again a place that deserves a full days’ attention to see nearly everything we wanted to.
We then moved onto Southampton to see where Oli has been working in the wharf complex. Stunned to see all the new cars that are waiting to be exported – 2500 cars a day apparently go out! BMW’s, Land Rovers, Jags, Minis where the ones we saw, but probably others from other wharfs.
Walked around the old wall – Roman ruins, and WW2 damaged buildings. The depth of history keeps stunning us. Had a drink at a pub called The Dancing Man. Located in a very old stone building, the internal ceiling was all beams and plastered daub. Great atmosphere.
Then it was time to head back to Yate via the New Forest. Managed to see some wild ponies on the way.