Oh My!!! So many new things to learn…and that’s not even counting the hair raising “roundabouts!” 😱. And an even more harrowing road we accidentally turned down with not an inch to spare ….even driving on the sidewalk! 😱😱. Sally was too alarmed to take a photo which never happens, but it looked like this,,,,only worse with Flybye!😱 It is quite amazing how politely & seamlessly the Brits navigate all this! But we think an awesome peaceful train or bus is best…,.leaving Flybye at the “pitch.” 🚐 🤗‼️ And finding quaint Pubs!!
After all that …….,we enjoyed strolling along the River Itchen to The Great Hall which is one of the finest 13th century Medieval Halls & was part of the Winchester Castle. And a great view of the city! Then past the house where Jane Austen lived her last years & then was buried at the Winchester Cathedral in 1817 at age 41. It was very cold & windy so the neighborhood Black Boy Pub with a cozy fireside seat & amusing bric a brac was beyond perfect!!
We caught this pipe organ in the Park playing Mama Mia! Gotta love it, right? Past the brick Old Mill & City Bridge , we couldn’t resist dinner at The Crown & Anchor Pub… Did we mention we are completely addicted to English Pubs & won’t eat anywhere else! Always warm & cozy with delicious food….👍😋
And we were off the next day to The Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton. This is where she wrote Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility & Emma from 1811-1817. We could almost feel the inspiration for her novels in the charming original house & surrounding gardens. There is also a very interesting short movie of her life. And yes, The Greyfriar Pub for dinner !! (Its true, we have English Pub Addiction)😂
We had one rainy day & then stepped back 5000 years to prehistoric Stonehenge…This is another place that is so hard to capture with words or photos & sparks many questions. We listened to the intriguing history on a little handheld guide device as we walked around. Then a great mile long path through the pastures back to the museum, you can see Stonehenge in the distance! And on to The Bell Pub in Amesbury , which is the Parish that Stonehenge is located in!
So we pretty much have the pubs, pitches & pounds figured out… but driving left & roundabouts take our full concentration!!😜 Thanks for journeying with us, next it’s a ferry to the stunning Isle of Wight!! Till then, Happy Trails & God Bless!🚐🙏