So after Oxford, we visited Southampton. Our method of choosing places to visit was extremely scientific–we looked at the map of England on the Megabus website, figured out which places were only a couple of hours away and had inexpensive tickets, and decided to go there. So we didn’t really know what awaited us in Southampton when we went there.
First of all, it was cold! Since it’s a port city, there was a nice cold wind blowing off the ocean. We were glad for our nice little attachable heater (otherwise known as a baby) and our nice warm coats!
The city walls still surrounding a lot of the old city were definitely interesting. They also made for some good photo opportunities with the self-timer.
It was so neat to walk along the walls, although unfortunately there was only an ugly construction site right next to them. It kind of took away from the idea of resisting the attacking Frenchies and all.
These walls looked so much more English than the Xi’an city walls. I guess as an American you might think of all city walls being the same, but these were the kind of thing you might see in Robin Hood. And they weren’t nearly so thick, either.
Apparently some parts of the city walls used to be merchants’ warehouses that were conscripted to keep the city safe after the French attacked and stole some stuff (this is why I’m not a historian). So they had some really cool arches and doorways.
One thing we hadn’t really known before we left was this little factoid. As Americans, you’d think we’d know this kind of thing!
In fact, they even named the park right next to the ocean Mayflower Park. And yes, Jared almost lost his hat there.
There were also some really cool ruins we went and explored, with fun little arches and doorways to peek into.
The most interesting of these ruins was this old church, called Holyrood Church. It was bombed in WWII, so now it’s been converted into a memorial park of sorts.
The inside was beautiful–it kind of reminded me of the Lord of the Rings and the dead white tree.
After we got too cold and it started raining, we decided that was about enough sightseeing for the day. Unfortunately, our train tickets couldn’t be changed, so we had to hang around for another several hours with not much to do.
Then, when our train finally (finally!) did come, it sat on the track for two hours in the middle of nowhere because there was a signal failure further down the line. Let’s just say we were extremely glad to crawl into bed that night around 11:00 when we got home.
And that was the end of our adventures in Southampton.
And since there are so many photos and I’m sure one of them has a focal point, I’ll link up with California to Korea.