On Saturday we took a spontaneous day trip. Miles was feeling a little landlocked, so we consulted the map and chose the seaside city nearest to us: Portsmouth. We drove 1.5 hours south, not knowing what to expect, as neither of us had been before. We decided first to visit the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and oh wow!!!.....we were both very impressed with the ships and museums there.
We toured the decks and interior of two amazing historic war ships. First, HMS Warrior (a British warship launched in 1860)
Next we toured the interior of HMS Victory, the worlds oldest commissioned warship launched in 1765. She is most known for her role against Napoleon and the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson. The battle was won by the English, but Lord Nelson was tragically killed on board by a sniper's bullet. (It took me all of our 4+ years of living here to figure out that this is where Trafalgar Square in London gets its name from. Duh!)
After our boat tours, we explored a bit more of the city and had a play on the windy and rocky shore.
So that's two thumbs up to Portsmouth. We loved it and will most certainly be back!