We stayed in a lovely hotel on Portland island overlooking the English Channel[Scavenger Hunt no.20] ....which had a roof terrace to sit and enjoy the view.
I had no idea that the 'Jurassic Coast' of Dorset was a World Heritage site......World Heritage status was achieved because the Jurassic Coast provides a unique insight into Earth Sciences. It shows a geological ‘walk through time’ spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
So dinosaurs abound.......bones and fossils in plenty at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.
and some real....and 'not so real' ones at the Dinosaur Museum.
a trip round the very cute....and fascinating....... Teddy Bear Museum....getting re-acquainted with Rupert, Sooty, Paddington,Pooh and more.....we also visited the Tutankhamen Exhibition......and the Chinese Terracotta Warriors Museum....but no photos allowed in them.
immersed in a lot of Thomas Hardy......at the museum....
and at the cottage that he was born in....a quintessential English cottage
a visit to Bournemouth beach.......coming across the 'wedding on the beach' tent [Scavenger Hunt no.9] while a wedding was actually in progress.
a carousel by the beach [Scavenger Hunt no.13]
amazing views across Portland Bay......where the 2012 Olympic sailing took place [Scavenger Hunt no.16] towards Weymouth...on our way back to the hotel after watching Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation.....enjoyed the film.....but why does Hollywood always insist on making Brits either villians or idiots???
a half day visit to Beaulieu Motor Museum.so much to do and see there
vintage cars of every shape and size
we went on a vintage bus trip
and I felt extremely brave going on the monorail
our journey home was slightly slowed down by the New Forest ponies who appeared to be playing catch with the cars in the road.
a good few days break