I felt the need to get out of London and do a little shopping so I got on the Internet and booked a trip down to Portsmouth.
Portsmouth is a great place for a day out as it has a port, historic dockyard, coastal walk, shopping centre and lots of lovely pubs. I last went many years ago and had fond memories of it.
It was still a little bit windy yesterday after the recent storms and cool but there were intermittent splashes of sunshine. It was too cold to spend much time sitting around watching the boats but I did the Millenium Walk around to Old Portsmouth taking in the fishing harbour and the new buildings. The walk takes you through the car ferry port, the fishing harbour and the original sea defences bringing you out on the coast where there is a viewing platform and a couple of conveniently situated pubs.
There were quite a few photo opportunities which meant the Sony DLSR paid for its outing.
I am not one for much shopping but I did like having lots of outlet shops, factory shops and upmarket shops all in the same place. I managed to find two items of clothing I had been looking for so that made the shopping excursion worthwhile. The shopping centre has so many brand name shops that it was like a shoppers paradise.
The journey back was a bit of an adventure. Apparently, someone had collided with a train just outside Portsmouth so all trains on the route were subject to delays and cancellations. I got on the 1715 which did a trip through the countryside on various single track lines. It certainly made for a more interesting journey back than going. We made it to Waterloo at 1928.