We started on the Friday with putting up our new curtains, dinner in Pho Vietnam in Portswood, and ice-cream from Scoops.
On Saturday after a gentle breakfast we scooted down to Bitterne Station and picked up tickets to Ryde (*groan*). Tickets to Ryde Hoverport no less! For we were off to the Isle of Wight.
The Hoverbus that connects Portsmouth station to Southsea Hoverport doesn't hover by the way - just in case you got excited as us at that prospect.
The hovercraft was awesome - only 10 mins! It goes so fast, and isn't very bumpy. We arrived in Ryde, took in the seafront and had a tasty meze lunch in a little restuarant.
Then it was time to go on the tiny 1930s tube trains that make up the only mainline railway on the island. We were off to Shanklin. They use the tiny trains as the tunnels are so small on the island.
When we got to Shanklin, we walked along the beach soaking in the sunshine. Up the hill to the village, and we enjoyed an Isle of Wight icecream at the Strawberry Thatch tea garden before making our way to the magical Shanklin Chine. Whilst we were too early to see it lit up, it was still dreamy making our way through the cool misty ferns. A quick pint at a pub at the end of the Chine and it was back on the train to Ryde.
Tom and Sarah had bought Hovecraft I-Spy books from the hoverport, so there was lots of competive spotting of Isle of Wight landmarks throughout the day.
We had a fab fish and chip supper when we got in and drank strawberry collins into the night between moving furniture.
Sunday was lazy mornings, our first Sunday roast in the dining room, toasting their newly arrived niece before waving sad goodbyes! Roll on our next visit.