Thursday, 22 September 2016
22.09.2016 - 22.09.2016
Another satisfying breakfast and then off to the station where we collected the tickets I'd organised through the Internet. All very efficient. Our trip to Winchester is a stop along the way to London. The train was immaculate and remarkably quiet and smooth. We clipped along at a rapid pace with only a brief stop at Southampton Airport. Winchester was just over 15 minutes away.
Winchester was an amazing place with an overwhelming array of buildings that crowded the narrow streets. The main target for the visit was the cathedral but there were many other architectural styles to tempt my attention. We found the cathedral inside an extensive park. What a massive structure. Unfortunately it is difficult to find a vantage point to take in the whole building. We were unable to enter the cathedral it being closed to the public for an 'Invitation Only' function for the Mother's Union to celebrate their 140th anniversary. The crowd was reported to be over 3,000.
Jenny had intentions to have a pub lunch in a proper English Pub and a helpful lady at the Library had suggested The Black Boy. With just vague instructions we headed off in the general direction. We had to deploy our umbrellas for a while as we wandered along the wall surrounding the Cathedral Close. We found the pub but were not prepared to wait for the place to open as there was some confusion as to whether it even opened on Thursday.
We were surprised how quickly we covered what appeared to be an extensive area on the map. Turning in the direction of the station we found ourselves at the West Gate having passed again through the centre of town. We figured that the streets being narrow, the buildings compressed and the city blocks much smaller than we are used to we have overestimated the distances. It isn't that we rushed but we were all done in under four hours.
The return train trip was as smooth and brief as the outward journey. We were back in Southampton well inside the Peak-hour train limitations. The ticketing and perceived control was very strict but in reality was totally slack. There was little chance that a violation of the off-peak limits would have been detected.
Rested for a while then headed out again for a meal and to stock up on soft-drink for the cruise. Found a strange cafe that offered a simple range of meals based on a 'Breakfast All Day' theme with some variations. One strange quirk is a jacketed potato in lieu of chips (french fries) another is the number of dishes that featured baked beans. We both enjoyed our meals.
We went back to the 'PoundLand' store where all items are ticketed at a pound. What we were after was the four pack of tiny 250 ml bottles of Pepsi for a pound. Works out at AU$ 2.00 per litre a lot less than the shipboard price.
The FitBit has recorded over 16,000 paces today, makes up for the lack of exercise on the way over. Off to Portsmouth on the National Express Coach tomorrow.
There's an image of the Winchester Cathedral, view it by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony