Sunday, 23 November 2014

Steaming to the Isle of Wight

It's faintly ridiculous that, for the previous month, I haven't had two minutes to rub together in order to post anything.  Even more ridiculous is that the pictures I'm showing here were taken at the end of August, and I've only just got round to processing them!  Still, better late than never...

While visiting my daughter, Izzi, in Southampton, we decided to have a Grand Day Out to the Isle of Wight.  The weather forecast was reasonable, as were the Red Funnel ferry prices, so we decided to take the car across and explore the island.  Here are a few pictures taken as we steamed gracefully down the Solent in glorious sunshine.  Make a mental note of the humongous white liners from this set as we got up close and personal to both of them on the return journey.  Scary.

A few of our fellow passengers from the journey.

It's difficult to convey the scale of this cruise ship (the smaller of the two which were docked in Southampton) but the full-sized containers on the quayside might help to do this.  Talk about a Gin Palace.

The next vessel wins my the prize for the ugliest ship afloat, looking as it does like something that's been under a very low bridge without stopping...

The final picture is of a sailing boat on the Solent, with the "dreaming spires" of Portsmouth in the background.  It's just about possible to make out the Spinnaker Tower through the smog!