We were going to spend a week, but my mom had been diagnosed with lymphoma just a week prior to our trip, so we cancelled all the extended plans but did not cancel the cruise itself (because it was too late).
I still long for a more lengthy stay..... investigating the lake district, the farmlands, and all the hidden treasures of this beautiful country.....
Departing the lovely lady was difficult....a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I shall never forget!!
|terminal to exit|
Our first stop was a rental car---once acquired, we had 24 hours of fun to be had!! So off we went!
Our first sign for Milfor-on-Sea, where our bed and breakfast was located. This location was perfect because it was quite close to Southampton where the ship came in.
Of course, driving on the left took some thinking!! I was the co-pilot..... always saying..."too far left" "too far right" ....
And here it is, The Beach House, where we stayed. Owned by French folks who served a wonderful breakfast and welcomed us with fresh apples and lovely smiles, we were delighted to get settled.
Here, the view from our upstairs.... across a patio area, gardens, and the sea...
This was our suite---and the bath was glorious. I don't know why I didn't get a picture of it....extra large tub, fluffy towels....very nice!
We did some reading about this forest, very close to where Morwenna lives!!
It was difficult choosing a place to eat that night....there were so many wonderful choices! We walked from our inn as well....so nice!!
I LOVE Indian food!!
After a good night's sleep, we packed up and headed to Winchester. I had seen it briefly on my last visit, but longed for more. And, it was on the way to the London airport...
First stop, tea for two
Loved the hedges, the thatched roof houses, the chimney stacks....all the green!
And here it is...Winchester Cathedral....Jane Austin, a beloved author, is buried there.
Winchester is home to many, many, many shops and restaurants....it is a delight!
Many tea shops, gift shops, restaurants, and antique stores, too
Look at this gorgeous wall of pansies.... surrounding a doorway
Baskets of flowers were dripping in blooms!
Inside the cathedral...
yes...........a cricket game!!
I love seeing how people shop....this butcher had beautiful meats in his window.
Just an alley between homes.... flowered and lovely
This building looked almost German or Austrian...
And then....time to get in the car and head to the airport. Luggage? Check? Passports? Check.... Ready to go? hmmmmm....please no!
but we did....
Until next time!