The Wonders of the Isle of Wight
The views of the coastline were just beautiful on this warm sunny day. We visited the famous landmark the Needles and the 3 stacks of chalk, jutting out of the sea was very impressive.
Next stop was Alum Bay, where we filled up glass ornaments with brightly coloured sands that you can only find here on the island. We were very pleased with our end result and what lovely mementos they would make.
We watched a demonstration on how sweets were made and luckily for us we got to sample some of these tasty treats at the end. Our next lesson was at the glass making factory and we saw the craftsmanship that went into making such beautiful vases and ornate glass ornaments.
The grounds here at Norton Grange are stunning. It was always a lovely way to spend any free time that we had enjoying the beautifully kept flower beds and we all really liked relaxing on the swing.
We set sail on The White Line passing through beautiful Cowes and past all the stunning boats before heading through the Solent, to Portsmouth. The Captain gave us a full, in-depth running commentary about all the boating history of the Isle of Wight. As we sailed past The Spinnaker Tower we learnt that it is the highest tower on the south coast and cost of a staggering 30 million to build! We sailed into Portsmouth harbour and we had a great view of the British war fleet. We even got a glimpse of the flag ship, The Endeavour in which Captain Cook was the famous captain.
An afternoon spent at the Donkey sanctuary where we met and got to pet the friendly donkeys was brilliant. On our way back we stopped at Godshill and treated ourselves to a delicious ice cream and a cup of tea.
The wonderful Osborn House, the home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was steeped in years of history. The sun was shinning and we took in the beautiful scenery and the amazing trees which were all over two hundred years old. We later found out that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert used to buy trees as birthday and Christmas presents for their children to plant..We saw the drawing room, nursery and the Queens bedroom, where she had died.