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Mar 30, 2012 - Christchurch & Poole

Today is my last day in this area so it was hard for me to decide what to do. I started off in Christchurch which is only a few miles from here. It’s a lovely old town with a beautiful Priory church which thankfully wasn’t knocked down by Henry VIII. I met an old bloke in the church who was very knowledgeable & enjoyed telling me all about it. Apparently when Henry seized it from the monks, he gave the church to the town because there was no other church in the area for them to use. It’s the size of a cathedral, in fact it’s the largest...

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Mar 29, 2012 - Isle of Purbeck

Today I headed west into Dorset & explored the Isle of Purbeck, home of Purbeck marble, Swanage, Corfe Castle, the Blue Pool, Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door. It’s not an island, now it’s just a peninsular, but it used to be one so the area is still called Isle of Purbeck. I drove to a Park & Ride car-park just north of Corfe Castle & caught a steam train down through the Purbeck Hills to Swanage. For an extra £1 I could ride in a beautiful old Pulman observation car which was at the back of the train & had windows right across the back so we...

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Mar 28, 2012 - Portsmouth

Portsmouth is about 1½ hours away which is one of the reasons I didn’t tackle it yesterday when I was tired. Today I got an early start & only made one wrong turn. There were 2 exits off the motorway close together & I took the wrong one. It took me a while before I could make a U-turn but I eventually I got back on the right track & arrived at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard just after it opened at 10:00am. This was on my list of must see, must do places & was a major reason why I stayed in this area. Last year I went to Chatham Royal...

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Mar 27, 2012 - Hythe & Exbury

Yesterday I got very tired & I didn’t sleep well last night so today I had an easy day. I started off in the little village of Hythe which is on the coast & I’d read that it boasted the world’s oldest pier train. The pier itself is also quite old, opened in 1881 & at 2,100 ft is one of the 10 longest pier in the UK. For the princely sum of £3, I could not only ride the train to the end of the pier, I could also catch the ferry from there, across Southampton harbour to Southampton & back. What a bargain. I couldn’t resist. The ferry goes...

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Mar 26, 2012 - Beaulieu

Today was a day with a little bit of everything but I didn’t see as much as I’d planned. I got tired about 4:00pm after a long day yesterday so headed for home. So I’m doing a load of laundry, getting ready to cook a proper meal tonight. I ended up with a couple of toasted Hot Cross buns last night plus a glass of wine while I watched the last episode of the new Upstairs Downstairs on BBC1. Next week, they’ve got a new series of Silent Witness. Today was my day for Beaulieu. I got a reasonably early start – one of the disadvantages of these...

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Mar 25, 2012 - Isle of Wight

After breakfast, I wandered over to the main building with my computer to check e-mails, etc & found out that Osborne House on the Isle of Wight is only open on weekends at this time of year so if I didn’t do it today, I’d miss it. It’s where Queen Victoria spent a lot of her time with Prince Albert & her brood of 9 children & I particularly wanted to see it. So off I went to Lymington & just missed a ferry so had to wait an hour for the next one. To make matters worse, we went onto daylight saving time today so I’d already lost an hour....

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Mar 24, 2012 - London to New Milton

Everything happened today without any dramas, which was a relief. The driver picked me up at 8:45am as requested & I had another interesting drive across London to Heathrow because this bloke took me a completely different way. He took me to the Enterprise car rental depot & I now have a beautiful Renault Megane which has most of the features I’m used to, including a built-in Sat-Nav system so I won’t need the portable one I used last year. The only trouble is that I have to learn how to use it. I got the rental car bloke to put in the...

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