On Saturday Jim, Ian and I headed down to Portsmouth for a weekend away. I had a lovely time. After dropping our stuff off at the Marriott we headed to Port Solent which is a gorgeous Marina just to the north west of town. Had dinners at a Chiquitas Mexican restaurant which was delicious followed by going to see Stormbreaker starring the soon to be heartthrob Alex Pettyfer. I went in thinking it was going to be absolute rubbish and was pleasantly surprised to find it was fairly entertaining.
Sunday we headed to Eastleigh to buy Ian some golf clubs (what a horrible town that place is!) and then headed down to Gosport. We ditched the car and caught the ferry to Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard. This lies in the shadow of the awesome Spinnaker Tower. In the dockyard we were impressed by the HMS Warrior, compressed by the cramped HMS Victory and depressed by the sad fate of the Mary Rose. Ian was particularly taken with the Action Stations interactive exhibit. It was good to see the flag of Union flying high for once (rather than that hideously dull St George Flag) although I was perplexed as to why the Confederate Stainless Banner was flying on the Warrior... hmm...
Had fish and chips sitting by the harbour before catching a ferry back to the car and getting room service at the hotel.
After a cafe breakfast it was home again from a restful weekend away.