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!


southernlivingexpat said...

OH Holly you have to give me the details - it sounds wonderful and we have never been! How was Osbourne House? Did you tour the 'house' itself?

Debi said...

Should we put it on our bucket list? It sure looks lovely--wish the weather would have been better for you, but it looks like you got to see some lovely things.


Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Looks like the land of fairy tales and romance... ahhhhh... dreaming along. Sorry for your delay, but love the photos!!