Sunday, 6 September 2009

A trip to the Isle of Wight

Luke and I have had a week off work, and so used the opportunity to take a trip across the Solent, on what will probably be our last break away together before the baby arrives.
We stayed at a small hotel/B&B called Sandown Manor, which was actually in Yaverland rather than Sandown. Unfortunately, due to the poor weather (leftover gales/rain from hurricane Danny) we weren't able to use their outdoor pool, or spend much time on the beach. We still enjoyed ourselves with lots of trips out, relaxing afternoon naps in our hotel room, and reminising over the 'round the island' cycle route that we did 2 years ago.
Highlights included a visit to a Vineyard, with complementary wine tasting, a trip to a garlic farm with complementary garlic tasting (!), the Isle of Wight zoo, strolling along Shanklin promenade, visiting Shanklin chine at sunset and dining at The Steamer Inn, where the food was lovely and the atmosphere great. Oh and the breakfasts at the hotel were pretty good too!

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