Salisbury, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight – May 28th 2009
So we get up to a sort of late start by this trips standards but we head into Salisbury, and its not as bad as when we got in last night. We actually thought it was foul and pretty yuk. But its pretty from a different perspective in the day light. Maybe we were just on the wrong side of the tracks.
We head to one of englands finest cathedrals, Salisbury Cathedral. It’s a pretty impressive cathedral. Suze stays on the outside whilst I go in and cruise around. Its not massive, but it has one very important document and probably the most legable copy of the Magna Carta. The cloisters outside were also very pretty with the sun coming through them.
We head off towards the coast, and head Southhampton, but we don’t even stop as it just looks like a big port and keep heading towards Portsmouth. Once we get to Portsmouth, we park our car at the ferry terminal and decide we should go across to the Isle of Wight by hovercraft. Yep, a hovercraft. Amazing.
We board the hovercraft and head on over. Its pretty quick too, and its not long til we are on the island. We decide to go to the other side of the island, basically cause there are some cool looking cliffs. The place was actually called the needles.
It takes a few hours to get there. Mainly cause the roads on this island are super tiny. I mean the bus can only just fit on. And has to stop for other traffic coming through.
We get out there and to my dismay there is an amusement park thats very lame and generic. But we walk down to the bottom of the cliff, and I take my first sort of splash in the english sea, frickin cold I might add. The cliffs here are famed for being multicoloured and they are pretty spectacular. But the Needles are much more impressive. We head up to the top of the cliff, and walk up towards the fort thats above the needles.
We head back, and get to the main town settlement on the island, only to have to wait an awful long time for a bus as there was a car accident. We get back to the ferry terminal with about 5 minutes to spare thank god and then head to find a campsite, which isn’t too far from where we are.
We pitch the tent, and then go off in search of food. But every bar we go to, the restaurant is closed or had just closed. Everyone, except weatherspoons. Oh god, but it was still a pretty nice meal. And it seems to be student night in Portsmouth cause there was also tonnes of drunk uni students out and about.