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2010 TRIP TO ENGLAND, by Colin L. Miller

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010: SOUTHAMPTON

I got up early, at 5:30. I still had a bit of the headache. It was obviously too late to have taken the sumatriptan pill. Just in case it would help, I took some regular headache pills. I watch videos. Two hours later I went down for breakfast.

I left at 8:45 so I would be in time for the Southampton Archives to open. I briefly stop at train station to look into possible daytrip possibilites. I didn't find anything and I continued over to the Civic Centre. At 9:30 I went inside and found the archives downstairs. At their card catalog, I discovered Miller records, so I probably have some 4th cousins somewhere around here in the city. I also found baptism records for two children of George & Harriet, George Jr. & Leonora. They were living in the Holy Rood & St. Lawrence/St John areas between 1814-1816. I was done at 11:15 and so I left and headed south to the Town Quay. In port were two huge cruise ships: the Crown Princess at the Eastern Docks, and NCL Epic at Mayflower Park. The Epic was sounding off its horn and loudspeaker announcements were sent. However, it didn't seem to be doing much else, so I walked to nearby McDonald's for lunch and Wi-Fi (3.79). The connection was very slow, but I got departure info: the Crown Princess was supposed to depart at 1700 (5 pm).

I returned to Mayflower Park at 2:05 and found the Epic was long gone. It was very close to the park so would have looked great to watch it leave. Since the Crown Princess wouldn't leave for a few more hours, I returned to the B&B. On the house computer, I updated my Miller info at Ancestry.com.

I went back out at 4:00 and returned to the Town Quay. Others were here in the parking area, mostly sitting in their cars, waiting for the Princess to depart. I just sat on a railing by the fence overlooking the harbor and ships. Occasionally, ferries departed or arrived. The weather was warm and sunny, with a steady breeze. I had my digital camera and the digital video camera ready. Finally, 68 minutes late, the Crown Princess very slowly moved out, but eventually gaining speed. I filmed the departure and took some photos. Filming the Epic would have been better because it had been very close to the viewing area at Mayflower Park.


City walls, and cruise ships

At 6:25 The cruise ship moved out of view and so I walked back into the city center area. At Tesco, I got some supplies (4.36) before returning to my room at 7:00. I watched TV and videos, and packed up for travel. Tomorrow I'd relocate to London and visit Bath for the last part of my trip.


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