A weekend out of the city

It’s been an interesting and enjoyable weekend with pleasant weather.

First, Vee and I drove down from London to Winchester in Hampshire for a reunion with two of the couples – John & Sue and Geoff & Gill – with whom we made our visit to Iran last November. Our friends are very experienced travellers so we picked up some good ideas for future holidays. The venue for the reunion was the oddly-named but very welcoming restaurant “The Black Rat”.

My half-brother Chris and his partner Janine live just outside Winchester in a village called South Wonston, so we spent the rest of the weekend with them. Today they took us to a place that I’ve never heard of before: Brownsea Island in Dorset. The island – in the middle of Poole Harbout – is owned by the National Trust, but the castle there has been leased to the John Lewis Partnership as a staff hotel. Since Chris works for John Lewis, we took a private boat out to the island and, as well as walking all over, we were able to access the castle for afternoon tea.

You can learn a lot more about the island here.

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