Sunday, June 29, 2014

A visit to Beaulieu, Hampshire~~~

OK, here I'm going back in time to recap our Baltic cruise.
All started out on such a pleasant note when our dear friends Jean and Mike 
drove up from Devon to meet us for a 24 hour catch up on life.
We had a great supper at the 800 year old Duke of Wellington pub in 
Southampton, passing through the historic Westgate arch to where excellent 
fish and chips were waiting!

The following morning, prior to embarking Queen Victoria, Jean and Mike took us for a ride through the New Forest area to the historic village of Beaulieu. Last time I was there was around 1960 for the annual Beaulieu Jazz Festival!  The village is beautiful and it was an unexpected pleasure to enjoy the English countryside on a perfect Spring day.

After a snack lunch in the sunshine, we were driven to the port. The last time I was in Southampton was in 1964 when I sailed home from New York for Christmas on the original Cunard Queen Mary - she is now permanently docked in Long Beach, California, and is a floating hotel.

Next time……sailing to the Baltic on a beautiful ship.

Many thanks for the get well messages - getting there slowly but surely.


  1. Beautiful photos, Mary. Looking forward to seeing more. I just love the buildings - so charming. Get well. Deb

  2. Hello Mary:

    How lovely to see these pictures of Beaulieu, a little village which we have not visited for over thirty years. It is certainly one of Hampshire's prize places.

  3. What a lovely montage of photos Mary, pleased to learn that you are now on the mend.

  4. Beaulieu looks so charming...the quintessential village. What fun for you to catch up with dear, old friends while there.

  5. Such beautiful photos - I can't even begin to imagine how wonderful it must be to be among the loveliness of the old, old buildings and villages. Today I bought a little teapot for one (top is teapot, bottom is teacup) that says London on it and has drawings of places in London. Probably the closest I'll ever get. Glad you are home, hope you are feeling better.

  6. I have thoroughly enjoyed your travel posts! Hope you are on the mend, sweetie.

  7. What a wonderful unexpected adventure to visit a village you hadn't been to since 1960.
    And then to spend time with special friends would have been a huge delight.
    Glad you are beginning to heal, it is not fun to travel when you don't feel good and come
    home sick. It is harder to feel the glow of a trip that was just wonderful. Hope as you
    heal you are enjoying the memories.


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