Isle of Wight weekend getaway


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Following our recent seafood obsession, a trip to Isle of Wight fulfilled our ideas of a relaxing weekend trip in all ways. A beautiful small island with gorgeous nature and fantastic seafood offered in many restaurants throughout the island is the right place for a long weekend getaway.

We took a ferry from Portsmouth when it was already dark and enjoyed a beautiful view of Portsmouth Harbour and the impressive Spinnaker Tower at night. Saturday morning offered another pleasing view over the famous golden sandy beach in Sandown which was still deserted as the season hasn't started yet.

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Friday's weather was nice and sunny with very little wind, a perfect day for a coastal walk.

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After a nice walk along the Bambridge coast we had to compensate for lost energy at The Crab & Lobster Inn which is located ideally almost on the beach. We delighted our taste buds with a fabulous cold crab and lobster platter for two.

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Our Saturday trip started in a wonderful farm shop in Arreton Old Village. Artisan sourdough bread, local tomatoes and cow cheese didn't last longer than lunchtime. Smoked garlic was actually the only item that made it all the way back home. Feeling we should experience a bit of culture we headed to medieval Carisbrooke Castle where King Charles I was imprisoned, followed by St. Cathrine's Oratory, a medieval lighthouse on St. Cathrine's Hill.

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After a day of cultural indulgence and stunning views, we let our growling stomachs lead us and found another wonderful restaurant on the island. The New Inn pub is a charming old stoned pub with a country-style interior and fantastic food offer.

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Sunday morning was time to say goodbye to Isle of Wight and get back to "mainland". A male part of our gang decided to explore hidden secrets of HMS Warrior and HMS Victory while I strode around the Portsmouth harbour with my camera. What a fantastic weekend it was!

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On a less happy note, my thoughts go out to those in Japan, effected by the recent earthquake and tsunami. The situation there is truly heartbreaking.
A fellow blogger and photographer Skye Hohmann, who used to live in Japan, decided to donate a number of her Japan images to the cause. All proceedings from print sale will go directly to the Red Cross relief efforts.
Every little help counts!



16 comments :

  1. Wow, what stunning shots! I really love the one of the sheep and of the arched door.

    Now, I'm missing England more than ever...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Sari,
    love this blog post. Your photos are beautiful!!! My favourite is the sheep one. :)

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  3. a wave of nostalgia just pased thru my head....we lived in portsmouth for the past 3 years...have visited isle of white as well....picture of spinnaker tower (forgot the shopping centre's name its located though...some quays, right?) is amazing and so are the others....loved this post of urs!

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  4. Thanks for comments, ladies! I'm happy you enjoyed my photo story. It's been an amazing weekend that reminded me how beautiful England is! :)

    @Rosa, @Zita - I love the sheep pic too. It took a few minutes to make the sheep look at me as she was very busy eating! :D

    @Shabs - oh lucky you, Portsmouth is truly a beautiful place! It's Gunwharf Quays shopping centre if I remember.

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  5. I dream about Englang all the time. You gave amazing some strength to survive in not too coloured world ;)I hope I'll visit England some day ;) I love every photo, expecially that ones with green and rocks ;)
    Greetings!

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  6. That looks like an amazing little get away! Love those shots and brings back memories too! That plate of lobster looks incredibly and so do all the other photos. love it!

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  7. England is beautiful... the produce looks picture perfect, the breads, how I'd love to have with some fondue... there were beautiful to look at.

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  8. Wow you've got some absolutely gorgeous photos on here and have been eating some absolutely delicious meals - looks like quite the trip! Thanks for offering us an inside look and letting me satiate my travel bug vicariously through accounts from your travels!

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  9. Sari, I have to say this is one of my favorite posts on your blog. The atmosphere of the trip and the gorgeous food are so present in the photographs. Hugs!!

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  10. I've always wanted to go here, that seafood looks incredible.

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  11. Gorgeousness! That photo of the lone sheep is too cute, almost as if its posing for you ;) I have a soft spot for quaint villages with weathered stone walls, such a feast for the eyes!

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  12. Beautiful pictures you took, what a lovely holiday you must of had. I went to your link for your friends photos but it only took me to an advertisement for photos?

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  13. Thank you thank you everyone! This is truly England as I like it and I'm so glad you liked my pictures!

    @Tiina - thank you my dear. I hope you get the chance to see similar pictures in reality when you come to visit us this week! ;)

    @Sarah - you should definitely go there! Isle of Wight is gorgeous and I'm sure Ted would love it there too! :)

    @Medifast Coupon Code - I checked the link again and it works fine for me. You need to click on a photo to buy it.

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  14. Awesome shots of the marina. I wonder if I can go for a boat ride when I visit?

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  15. @thailand holidays - I'm not sure, but I think you can.

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