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We listened to the directions from the carriage driver about a good place to purchase chocolate and still wound up here .

 

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And there is was - Chocolate sea shells ! Who can resist Chocolate sea shells ?

After going inside , we purchased all of our Chocolate needs - in just one place !

 

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As we hurried back to our agreed meeting point , we thought that we might have time for a quick lunch .

 

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And , so what will it be ? Mussels and fries , waffles ?

 

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The place under the green awning actually had some good prices on sandwiches .

 

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We listened to the directions from the carriage driver about a good place to purchase chocolate and still wound up here .

 

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And there is was - Chocolate sea shells ! Who can resist Chocolate sea shells ?

After going inside , we purchased all of our Chocolate needs - in just one place !

 

 

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As we hurried back to our agreed meeting point , we thought that we might have time for a quick lunch .

 

 

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And , so what will it be ? Mussels and fries , waffles ?

 

 

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The place under the green awning actually had some good prices on sandwiches .

 

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In the final assessment , Bruges was beautiful in the sunlight ! However , we had hoped to spend more time there as our 5 hour tour allowed only 3 -1/2 hours from exiting the bus to being back on the bus . We wished that we had car pooled in a taxi , like some members on our CC Roll call had done . Bruges also quite difficult for those who have mobility challenges .

 

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A fellow photographer reviewing her work .

 

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Thanks for doing this "live". Wish we were really "live"........ I was so looking forward to this trip.

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13 hours ago, Coral said:

Thanks for doing this "live". Wish we were really "live"........ I was so looking forward to this trip.

 

We do too but until then we're virtual .

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Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control , we had to miss Portland yesterday . However , we landed in Southampton early this morning and we will show our day later this evening .

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We love the organization and professionalism found here in Southampton

 

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And for that reason we would be using the Executive Connection with Scott as our driver and Sebastian as our guide again .

 

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We had done this same tour after completing a TA on the Eclipse with Gracie115 in 2015 who had arranged it . We liked it so much that we repeated it again , with 4 other couples this time who we dropped at the airport before returning to the ship . Our first scheduled stop was Salisbury Cathedral , but we pulled over before reaching Salisbury . It was a beautiful day for a walk by this river

 

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There is a hotel here and parts of it date back to 1250 !

 

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There's a nice pond and stream here

 

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Video clip:

 

And a view across the meadows of the cathedral

 

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Looking and walking across the meadow reminded me of an old Pink Floyd song  Grantchester Meadows :

 

 

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After crossing the meadow we continued to follow the river into town

 

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We stopped at the Fisherton Bridge for a few photos

 

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The clock tower is nicknamed Little Ben and there used to be a small area there to confine prisoners .

 

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Salisbury is a medieval city with a number of interesting buildings . This is the church of St. Thomas of Canterbury ( Thomas Beckett ) .

 

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The Cross Keys Restaurant

 

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The last medieval building is the Hall of Jonn Halle from 1470 , which is now a movie palace .

 

 

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Just made it onboard yesterday in Southampton, I booked EZ Air but missed my flight ✈️ 

Princess were awesome catching us up so we can enjoy the remainder of the cruise 🚢 

Heading to IC for a cappuccino in a minute so I can catch up on all the places and meals we missed.

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We entered a narrow street under a stone arch and could see the cathedral's spire

 

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looking back at the arch

 

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The Salisbury Cathedral

 

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Description from h2g2 :

 

Salisbury Cathedral is unique in Britain in that, following the first three foundation stones being laid by Bishop Poore on 28 April, 1220, it was completed within a single generation, unlike other cathedrals which evolved gradually over centuries, with constant additions and renovations. As a result, it has an aesthetic unity of design which adds to its beauty.

 

At 404 feet, the spire is the tallest in England, and is visible from every approach to the city. It was added 100 years after the cathedral's consecration and its immense weight - some 6,000 tons - meant much strengthening was required. 

 

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Old Sarum is the site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury in England. Located on a hill about 2 miles (3 km) north of modern Salisbury near the A345 road, the settlement appears in some of the earliest records in the country. It is an English Heritage property and is open to the public.

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The cathedral from Old Sarum

 

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1 hour ago, Julia’s Journey’s said:

Just made it onboard yesterday in Southampton, I booked EZ Air but missed my flight ✈️ 

Princess were awesome catching us up so we can enjoy the remainder of the cruise 🚢 

Heading to IC for a cappuccino in a minute so I can catch up on all the places and meals we missed.

 

We're glad that you made it and there's plenty of food onboard .

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1 hour ago, Woobstr112G said:

Darn, how could I have missed until now.....

 

Bob

 

It happens , we missed the boat on the CB's TA in 2015 . Welcome aboard .

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35 minutes ago, Micahs Grandad said:

Sure wish the cruise did not have to be cancelled. Were so looking forward to this cruise

 

We're always looking forward to the next cruise , even when we're on a cruise .

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The Cloisters

 

 

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The nave

 

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The nave in the opposite direction

 

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There is a smooth , table top waterfall near the center of the nave

 

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Ribbed vault ceiling

 

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As we reached the choir area near the pipe organ , the organist began to play .

 

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It was glorious !

 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, scubacruiserx2 said:

 

We're always looking forward to the next cruise , even when we're on a cruise .

True but our next two one in August and a TA in October are not looking like they will happen.

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36 minutes ago, scubacruiserx2 said:

 

We're always looking forward to the next cruise , even when we're on a cruise .

Exactly.....😊😊😊

 

Bob

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Heading through the countryside we came to a pretty area with many thatched roofs .

 

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We came to a house where they were thatching a roof

 

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next door to this beauty

 

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and stopped in front of this interesting stone building .

 

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Our next stop was near Stonehenge - Woodhenge .

 

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Much less visited than it's cousin , it was our first visit there .

 

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When we first visited Stonehenge , the facilities consisted of a parking lot , some necessary rooms , a tunnel under the highway and the stones .

 

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In 2014 a new visitor center opened with a gift shop , bathrooms , cafe , an exhibition hall , car park and a staging area for the shuttle bus .

 

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When we stopped at the park , Sebastian went to purchase ticket and rent auto guides , but seeing this Rapeseed field - I bolted across the road like a streak of lighting to capture it before the light could change !

 

 

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If you see a photo - Take it now ! Because it may not look the same later .

 

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After the shuttle ride - there it was !

 

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It's a very open area where sheep can graze

 

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and helicopters can soar overhead .

 

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We had passed a military base earlier and the next helicopter that we saw was an Apache gunship .

 

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A three photo stitch

 

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The shuttle to and from the stones .

 

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It's been very cool and windy both times that we went to Stonehenge , so DW and I headed back early for a cup of tea and soup to try to warm a sore throat . When the group had fully assembled we boarded the van for our next stop Windsor Castle .

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Forgot how much I enjoy your photos! 🙂

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5 hours ago, scubacruiserx2 said:

 

 

 

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The shuttle to and from the stones .

 

 

 

It's been very cool and windy both times that we went to Stonehenge , so DW and I headed back early for a cup of tea and soup to try to warm a sore throat . When the group had fully assembled we boarded the van for our next stop Windsor Castle .

Look after that sore throat, don’t let anyone think it’s the dreaded CV😳😳

Stonehedge is still on my bucket list, if I hadn’t missed my EZ Air flight for this cruise we could have joined you 😂

luckily I have a cruise booked out of Southampton next year.

 

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10 hours ago, arowe6 said:

Forgot how much I enjoy your photos! 🙂

 

Thanks Andrew . We hope that you are well and planning your next cruise . We went on a Puffin Patrol yesterday which we will show after Windsor Castle .

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8 hours ago, Julia’s Journey’s said:

Look after that sore throat, don’t let anyone think it’s the dreaded CV😳😳

Stonehedge is still on my bucket list, if I hadn’t missed my EZ Air flight for this cruise we could have joined you 😂

luckily I have a cruise booked out of Southampton next year.

 

 

Thanks will do . We think it just a sore throat for me and sinuses for Pat . We get it in the Spring with the cool and windy blowing the pollen around .

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