Monday, 30 August 2010

WEEKEND AWAY - PART 2

So day 2 of our holiday started in TGI Fridays. They have a set up with the hotel for an  "Eat as much as you like Breakfast" for all the guests. LOVELY!! The kids also eat free which is even better! So we all started the day on a full English Breakfast as well as toast, fruit salad, yogurts and lots of milk, tea and juice! Very full!!!


We decided to spend the day seeing the sights of Portsmouth and also having a ride on a boat! We headed off to Gosport and parked up. The boys were very excited to get on the little Ferry across the water and loved watching all the other boats. It was a very short ride. literally 2 minutes. but still very exciting for them!























We found the Historic Dockyards and took a tour round The HMS Warrior. Lovely ship with such a long history. Restored to a lovely condition. So nice to see a REAL ship!! Also a big contrast against the big grey Navy ships that were there too. We were very surprised to hear that the "Well to do" families paid for their sons to join the navy at a higher rank.... at the age of 12!!! they showed some of the small weapons that they would have used in battle. What an awful thought! They even had an alcohol ration at that age??? Madness! Tanked up little boys, running around the ship, giving orders with a weapon in their hands???


We also took a tour of Nelsons ship, The Victory. Another great restoration. We also visited the museum that holds the Trafalgar sail. its is HUGE and torn so badly. we saw paintings of various stages of the battle and the poor ship really took a battering! We did however find it funny that the captains of these ships slept in big wooden cots (Think hanging cribs) with delicately embroidered butterflies and flowers on them!! Didn't really fit the image we had!























We Then popped in to the Mary Rose Museum. Unfortunately we did not get to see her as she is having work done. But the Museum was lots of fun! The boys enjoyed raising a mast and tying it up!!


We then tried on some Armour! Don't they look fetching. It was very heavy and we talked about how hard it would be to run in to battle wearing it!























After a full packed day, we topped it off with a cuppa and cake in a local coffee shop with my Mums Cousin and husband. They live there and we caught up with them briefly. It was great to catch up and to sit down for a bit!! After a few minutes shopping (or an hour) we caught the ferry back, drove to the Hotel and had a yummy dinner back at TGI's.
Once we got back to the Hotel the boys enjoyed their own Army play! They took out the building bricks and toy soldiers we had brought with us and they made boats, islands, towns and other exciting things for their tanks and soldiers! Then they had a lovely bath and played with Kenzies new Balloon powered wooden boat in the bath tub!

















Another FANTASTIC day! Sadly the holiday was very nearly over... just one more day left.....

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