BELLION TRAVELS – Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth

Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth are the places which are not so far from each other. After landing at Southampton from Edinburgh, Tim decided to take us to Winchester to check out the Cathedral, Christmas Market and a Local Market. As we were walking towards the local market, we were invited to see St. Lawrence Church. The people were so friendly and funny, we actually stayed there for almost 2 hours just mingling with the church people.

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Afterwards, we did a quick stop at a local tea shop and bought bags of tea (HOW BRITISH OF US).

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Although we could have continued our journey to Portsmouth, we decided to head back to Hayling Island but we did a quick visit to Portsmouth days before going to Southampton. Of course the best place to visit in Portsmouth is Gunwharf Quays. Best place for shopping and eating.

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After visiting all those 3 places, we enjoyed Winchester the most.

 

UK – Eat, Shop & Tour in South Sea & Portsmouth

Tim and I visited SouthSea Cafe twice during our second visit to the UK, once with the familia for lunch/ dinner to celebrate Steve’s (our brother in-law’s birthday) and Tim’s 28th. The following day, we had breakfast with my ex-colleague and her husband who settled in South Sea after living in Dubai for some time. The cafe serves delicious seafood and perfectly made Eggs Florentine.

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During our first visit, Tim, his mum ‘Shirley’ (who is reading my blog right now hehe! HELLOOO!!!) and I made a stop at Gunwharf before heading back to Hayling Island. She wanted to go shopping and buy shoes but instead, I ended up shopping because Gunwharf is like an outdoor outlet mall and the prices were so cheap compared to what I’d get in Dubai.

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On our second visit, right after breakfast Tim and I went back to Gunwharf to check out the Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Yes! It looks like Burj Al Arab and is bought by Emirates. Although I come from Dubai and the view from the second floor isn’t that impressive, I’d still recommend the place because of the stunning view of the Ports, Hayling Island and Isle of Wight.

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After spending an hour there taking photos and admiring the view. We continued our journey to Chichester to spend the day with Tim’s dad.

UK – Portsmouth

You can actually see Portsmouth from Hayling Island; it’s a small city that has a mini Burj Al Arab ironically named ‘EMIRATES Spinnaker Tower’. After having lunch on Hayling, we drove for 20 minutes to Gunwharf Quays for some shopping but I wasn’t feeling well so I didn’t get to enjoy it much. I generally like the idea of the outdoor shopping since in Dubai we have air-conditioned malls because of the heat.

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The 3 main attractions which I would like to go to if I ever visit again would be the Charles Dickens’s Museum and inside the 1860 ship which is located on Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which I managed to take pictures of and lastly I’d like to visit the observation deck located in the Emirates Spinnaker the baby Burj Al Arab.

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I just hope I don’t fall ill in my next visit. It’s an amazing place to go shopping.