Tuesday, 20 September 2016
20.09.2016 - 20.09.2016
Despite the late start we both had a reasonable sleep and awoke quite alert and ready to take on the day. First order of business being breakfast. Premier Inn has three levels of choice, we opted for the Continental all you can eat. Starting with cereal, some yogurt, fruit salad, toast and even flapjacks. We were well satisfied that we would survive through the day.
We started our trip to Southampton with a shuttle bus to Terminal 5 at Heathrow at 09:00. We waited there for the Southampton service which was packed solid both in seats and the storage bins. A bit of rearranging found room for our lot. The weather was decidedly gloomy but it was pleasant to see woods, parks and fields along the way. Just after 12:00 we arrived at the bus terminal and found that most of our fellow passengers were also getting off. Many of them appear to be University students.
A quick taxi ride to the Hotel where we were given our room despite the 14:00 check-in time. Nice. The room is quite large with a child's bed as well as the large double. But there are no facilities for self-catering. We've decided to take the daily breakfast option for the duration of our stay.
Spent most of the afternoon updating these journal entries and sorting out the safe deposit for the passports, cash and jewelry. There is no in-room safe, something which we had taken for granted.
Went for a short walk and finished up in the food-hall of a local shopping centre. Seemed like a good time to have dinner. Back 'home' to catch some news and plan for the remainder of the week. The small part of the city we visited is littered with some interesting old ruins and remnants of the City Wall. There is so much history out there to be explored. Getting around is not easy when you can't see the sun to establish a known reference point. Still trying to orient the simple map from the hotel foyer.
There's an image of Southampton's Bargate, 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