A holiday on the Isle of Wight   6th - 13th June 2009

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We rented an apartment in a Victorian/Edwardian villa on the south side of Shanklin. It was very comfortable with good size rooms nicely decorated and with reasonable equipment. We had salad picnic lunches some days and ate in mostly. We did go to an italian restaurant one evening, which was quite good. Most people in there were eating the inevitable pizzas but there was quite an extensive menu and the waitress and kitchen staff were Italian. Shanklin is a traditional seaside town with esplanade, sandy beach, beach huts at one end, some amusements, and enough cafes. The town was up on the cliff above the beach and had plenty of shops and restaurants, etc. There is an electric train service to Ryde. There are plenty of buses centred on Newport.

The weather began with rain and winds, but gradually improved during the week, although the winds remained quite strong. There is plenty to do on the island, places to visit, gardens, farms to visit, a preserved steam railway, amusements, a water mill, a windmill, a couple of castles, and water sports.

We went by car and used the car ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne. It would be possible to go by train and use a passenger ferry to Ryde, either catamaran or hovercraft.

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