Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Isle of Wight
Our holiday was delayed a bit when the transmission locked up on our cute rental convertible sports car, but after 2 hours at a rest stop and a (long, silent) ride in the front cab of a RAC (Royal Automobile Club) emergency vehicle to the nearest airport to secure another car, we were on our way to the ferry to spend a long Bank Holiday on the Isle of Wight.
In two days, and between rain storms, we managed to see quite a few of the popular sights on the island......
Carisbrooke Castle where King Charles I's was imprisoned, Osbourne House - once the grand seaside retreat of Queen Victoria, and The Needles - dramatic rock formations in Alum Bay. Our plan was to walk along the seawall in the pretty village of Seaview to find Seagrove Bay and have a peek at the Priory Inn Hotel but the weather just would not cooperate.
Yarmouth was our "port of call". We stayed just a few steps from the harbor in a warm and cozy historic, but nicely renovated Inn, The George Hotel. The food was delicious, especially the fish soup that could have passed as a cajun gumbo. Also on the square in Yarmouth is The Bugle Coaching Inn with lively entertainment, pub grub and local ales and lots of cute dogs!
Beaches, charming coves, castle ruins, famous yacht clubs, great restaurants, thatched cottages and biking or hiking through unspoilt countryside...take the ferry to the Isle of Wight for a long weekend! And pack your Nautical wear!