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Portsmouth to Noain

...via Santander, ready for (another) driving holiday

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We got away at a reasonable time but hit traffic on the A12 and M25, which held us up so that we were unable to call in on our friends Gillian & Philip. Of course, thereafter, the drive down was easy, in fine weather, and we had time in the late afternoon for a quick look around Portsmouth, visiting Spinnaker Tower but too late for the Historic Shipyard unfortunately. After an abortive hunt for a Samsung dealer, we gave up and went for dinner at a very pleasant little place, Southsea Beach Cafe.

Spinnaker Tower

Spinnaker Tower

HMS Warrior with a smaller modern companion

HMS Warrior with a smaller modern companion

View through the glass floor of Spinnaker Tower

View through the glass floor of Spinnaker Tower

HMS Victory seen from Spinnaker Tower

HMS Victory seen from Spinnaker Tower

The ferry journey was mostly reasonably smooth and uneventful but is not the most exciting way of passing time and we were glad to catch sight of Santander - our land-based starting point.

A couple of vessels passing the lighthouse

A couple of vessels passing the lighthouse

The city becomes a bit clearer

The city becomes a bit clearer

Apart from a delay disembarking, all went smoothly and we headed off for our overnight stay at an Ibis Styles Hotel in Noain, about 12km south of Pamplona. Although we had tried to pick up a few phrases in Spanish, we found these of little use as the people here seem to speak Basque and have virtually no English - this made life a little tricky but we got by. After dinner, of sorts, we walked over to a park which proved to be larger and more attractive than we had thought. Noain does seem to be the commercial/light industrial side of Pamplona. The park that we could see had child, adult and dog exercise areas, as well as being quite attractive and behind this, which we could not see, was a lovely botanic garden for the senses, beautifully laid out. The light by then was a bit dull for photography so the next blog will have our first photographs on terra firma in Spain!

Noain gardens

Noain gardens

Posted by SteveJD 12:14 Tagged driving portsmouth ferry spinnaker_tower

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Beautiful photos.

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