Exploring HMS Victory
Our last full day in England and we drove about 30 minutes to Portsmouth to visit the historic dockyard. Park and Ride worked very well and although the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior attractions were both closed for renovation work, the main object of our attention the HMS Victory exceeded expectations. We began with a harbour cruise which was stunning in the beautiful warm sunny weather. Then we spent a couple of hours on board Victory, Nelson's ship on which he was killed in the battle of Trafalgar. It was not crowded and we were able to take our time, it was so interesting and wonderful for Doug who has dreamed of seeing this ever since his parents did so when he was a child. It is so well preserved and you get a really good picture of what life on board was like from the very informative naval personnel stationed at various points. Great not to have audio guides for once! One of the best attractions we have visited.
On our final evening walk back in Bishopstoke we met a lovely local gentleman who was so friendly, it just finished off the trip on a great note!
Tomorrow we begin the long haul home. We will have a last catch up with Jeff for dinner at Heathrow. It has been a varied, at times challenging but overall a marvelous trip. Looking forward to a great NZ flat white!