“IOW” you ask? Isle of Wight, the small island with the tropical microclimate just south of Southampton with a view of France (if you use your imagination) across the Channel to the south. We spent our Jubilee week holiday bumping around IOW and the next few posts will be showing you around to some of our adventures on the island.
What’s this you say? I already did an island day out series after we went to Skye? Yeah, so? I like islands.
We hopped a morning Red Funnel ferry from Southampton to Cowes. Tip #1: Priority boarding is totally worth the extra bit of cost. You get on first, get a seat of your choice, and get off first as well. Sweet. Not sure how the chickens in that truck down there were feeling, but we enjoyed the ride. Tip #2: If you don’t show up 30 minutes before boarding, your priority ticket will not be honored. We learned that the hard way coming back — we got on the ferry, but were the last but two cars to go up the ramp. But no worries, on this morning starting out, everything was sunny.
Well, not exactly sunny, but it wasn’t pouring rain. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this usually-warmer-than-the-rest-of-England island, but have to admit that our first view (here from the hotel garden) was not as dramatic or inspiring as our view in Cornwall. But the fragrance of flowers permeates the island — pretty amazing.
We walked from that garden high point down a zig zag road (called “Zig Zag Road” to the vast amusement of the children) and along the esplanade. This view looks back up to the previous photo’s vantage point, up there in the trees.
Friendly neighborhood goddess of health. The Isle of Wight is known for its climate and Ventnor in particular was famous as a health resort during the Victorian Era.
But, what are you asking now? It looks so overcast? You thought all our UK vacations were freakishly drenched in sunshine and rainbows? Or had nothing more than a romantic mist? IOW broke our streak, and defied all the rules of island vacations, by raining most of the trip. However, even in the rain there were still joyful surprise sightings:
The most unexpected win of the whole stay has to do with this flower:
For the rest, you’ll have to wait. IOW, here we go …