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2010 TRIP TO ENGLAND, by Colin L. Miller

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010: SOUTHAMPTON & CHICHESTER/FISHBOURNE ROMAN PALACE

I got up at 7:15 to get ready for today's activities and for the breakfast service. A half-hour later, I went downstairs to tea, juice, toast, eggs, and sausage. Others were here, mostly to go on cruise ships.

I went out at 8:30 and walked to the train station. It was clear and warm. At the ticket office, I got a return ticket for Chichester (CCH), 10.70. The next train was at 9:09. An hour later I was off at Chichester. I noticed that I was getting a tension migraine (tense neck & jaw), but I continued onward. I walked north on Stockbridge Road into the city center and passed by the cathedral. A nature organization had a viewing area set up on the front lawn to see hawks nesting at the top on the cathedral spires. I continued on West Street-Westgate, then across the railroad tracks to Fishbourne Road East, then under the A27 and onto a footpath that led to the Fishbourne Roman Palace parking lot.

Forty minutes after arrival I was at Fishbourne (9.60 admission, and 3.95 at gift shop). There were a couple of busloads of kids here on fieldtrip. In the main enclosure were the ruins of a large Roman villa or palace. Some floors had mosaic tiles, and a few had mostly intact mosaics. Out the other end of the building was a Roman garden and on the lawn were markers where the Roman road once went.

At 12:00 I was done and I reversed course back to the cathedral for a tour inside. After that I went to the local Tourist Information Centre (TIC), to get postcards (1.75). Then I north on Chapel Street to the north city walls, which I followed, much like at York, east around Priory Park to the south and back onto the street from East Walls. Then I continued west on East Street and the street fair/pedestrian street mall to South Street at the old city center just northwest of the cathedral. By this time I was quite hungry and the migraine was getting to full force, wearing me down. Down South Street-Stockbridge Road I stopped at a Tesco for snacks (7.14), before going back to the train station. After lunch I got on the train at 2:05, and was off at Southampton at 3:10. I returned to my room to find the last of the two sumatriptan pills that I'd gotten back in Peterborough.

I got up from my 3-hour nap at 6:30 for a snack and to watch TV. Tomorrow I'd go to Southampton Archives to research more details on the Miller family.


Chichester and Fishbourne Roman Palace


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