Monday, 23 August 2010

Our First Day On The Isle Of Wight!

(I was planning to upload these posts as soon as I wrote them, but a lack of a 3g connection means that I can't. The dates of the posts won't therefore always match up with the real dates! I'm also doing all the first drafts of these articles on my Android phone, the HTC, using Blogaway, and I'll be adding photos in later.)

Our day started early this morning. I was a little too careful with the timings, and we arrived an hour too soon for our 930 sailing in the Wightlink Ferry. By an hour too soon I mean we got to Portsmouth at 730 instead of 830!

Waiting For The Ferry

After having a leisurely walk around Old Portsmouth in the early morning rain, we headed back in the terminal to wait for our ferry.

In our little Daihatsu we were among the first on the St. Cecilia car ferry, and we were put on the hydraulic raising deck, which caused a few anxious moments as it jerked into position!

Loading The Ferry

Leaving Portsmouth

Suzanne, Ols and I spent most of the hour-long journey on the outside upper decks, even though the weather was getting worse by the minute. Portsmouth and Southsea quickly disappeared into the grey mist , but it was fun to watch the ferrys, sail boats and sea-forts go past.

On Our Way

Arrival!

Once we arrived in Fishbourne it was time to rely on our Garmin Sat Nav to get us over to Gurnard Pines, which in heavy Saturday morning traffic took us just under an hour.

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Gurnard Pines is a small, family oriented holiday park with a mix of chalets and newer semi-permanent caravans. We had rented our chalet privately, and we paid the extra to get passes to use the indoor and outdoor pools, Gym, and Tennis Courts.

After a light lunch we drove to Ryde to have a look around. The weather had started to clear up, and we really enjoyed looking round this pretty seaside town, even though we only had a couple of hours to spare. Ols enjoyed watching the Hovercraft come in, and Suzanne loved the boutique style shops, especially Le Petit Francais and Chic Antiques.

Next Time!

We were all feeling a bit jaded by four o'clock, so we went to the big Tesco Extra to get some supplies, then it was back to Gurnard Pines for a Pizza Dinner.

Tomorrow? The Isle of Wight car boot sales first thing, then some of the islands attractions, depending on the weather.

Cheers, Rob.

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