just a week & a half after our main holibobs we were off again, back to dorset but a bit further up the coast – this time we went by train.
we’d been thinking of going to cardiff, but they’d got engineering works so we thought we’d see what bournemouth was all about. it took nearly five hours with one change.
we had to get a bus from the station. when we got to the purple palace and got to our room we were very excited to see we’d got a sea view & were opposite the pavillion theatre. (not so exciting was the bathroom with a glass door with a gap all the way round!!!)
later, after our dinner & stocking up on supplies we had a walk down to the beach
on wednesday we walked along the beach/promenade from bournemouth pier to boscombe pier (about 1 & a half miles). it was a little bit (very) windy – luckily helping us along – so we got there in super-quick time!
we’d planned on walking back the same way, but decided to carry on in to boscombe town & catch a bus back!
right there on the high street we spotted the tardis – i think we had special skills as we seemed to be the only ones who could see it…
after a bit of retail therepy, we caught a bus back to bournemouth and spent some time in town. for dinner we went to ‘the stable’ – i don’t know why it’s called that ’cause i saw no neddies, but anyway – i had a pizza called ‘the hazel nutter’; it was very nice & suitable for squirrels.
on thursday we caught a bus to the train station & a train to southampton – the human thought she’d been before, when she caught a ferry over to the isle of wight but having not recognised anything she thought that might have been portsmouth.
anyhow, this is southampton…
you may remember when we went to devon in october 2016, we were on the search for rhinoceroses so we were surprised and happy to find one near the waterfront.
after we got back to bournemouth we had a walk to the beach to see the sunset.
on friday we caught a train to christchurch, just seven minutes up the line.
here are a few pictures…
when we got back to the purple palace, we had the idea to go on the beach again after a rest & our tea. but first we went to post a postcard to my cousin wheatus; the postbox was the other side of the pavillion and we’d have to pass it on the way to the beach – but we didn’t get that far as the human decided to go see if there were any tickets left for that night’s show – there were!! yippeee!!
it was a 80’s triple headliner; first up was altered images – i thought i only knew one of their songs, but it turns out i knew five! 9 5/8ths out of ten.
next up were the christians – i knew the first & last song. the sound quality was a bit off 7/10
finally it was midge ure – my human was a fan of ultravox back in the day and had seen them a couple of times so we knew most of the songs and it was EXCELLENT!! 12/10
saturday was the final day
we spent a little time on the beach, this time turning right at the pier
after a nice long walk we saw that the cliff lift was just opening for the day so we had a ride up to the top of the cliff.
a great time was had in bournemouth.
i won’t mention that we had to get a replacement bus at southampton to join up with the train in didcot due to engineering works! grrr
one more minibobs from 2017 to look forward to ;o)