#6726 - 2007:07:07 20:20
54mm, f/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 100
Coming from Roscoff, in Brittany
, our ferry
got into Portsmouth late in the evening, but the setting sun gave us
nice views of the port. We took a cab to our B&B, the appropriately
named Brittany Lodge.
We were a short distance from the Hoe, the big open parade ground that
sits on the headland looking out to sea. Camilla was tired but I went
for a short walk around this, looking at memorials for the RN, RAF, Drake
and the Armada. I still had a nasty shin splint in my right leg.
Sunday 8th July
We got up early - around 7.30 - did some laundry, and then had a full
British breakfast - sausage, bacon, egg, beans, tomato - which was
Camilla did some work on her paper while I went back to the Hoe to look
at war memorials: the Falklands, Korea, Normandy, 1st Army (Africa),
Polish, Dunkirk, 997 Vikings, Malaysia, Burma, the Boer War. It was
We wandered into the old town, had lunch in the garden of a little cafe,
and looked at a secondhand bookshop.
Camilla wanted to buy a bag to help her carry extra stuff she'd acquired
in Brittany, so we went to a big central shopping mall, past an old
church ruin isolated in the middle of a roundabout. Central Plymouth
was flattened by German bombing during the war, and rebuilt in a regular
geometric layout — very different to what was left of the old town.
The Plymouth City Museum was unfortunately shut, so we went to the
aquarium instead. This was good, but not nearly as good as Oceanopolis
at Brest. We wandered around the Barbican and had dinner in a fancy
In the evening we went out to watch the Brittany ferry come in, then
I finished reading Remains of the Day while Camilla worked on
Monday 9th July
Camilla somehow managed to eat her entire breakfast! We got away by 10am,
catching a taxi to the hire car pickup, where we did the paperwork and
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