Isle of Wight: Beyond the Sea

This weekend I really needed a recharge! 😩 Whilst it is not far away until my long summer break, things have been a bit intense lately so I really felt the need to detach myself from my work life in order to be able to refocus myself again later.

For this weekend getaway, I decided to do something I have never done by myself before- taking a ferry β›΄ and sailing across the sea to the Isle of Wight. 🌊 🌊 To get to the island, it is a rather straightforward one hour trip across the water from Southampton via the Red Funnel Ferries. So I opted for an overnight stay in Southampton on Friday and going on the ferry the next day. 😊

Ocean Village Marina in Southampton
Giant cruise shop by the harbour (not my ferry tomorrow πŸ˜‚ but certainly made me a bit envied!)
Westquay shopping centre πŸ›
Enjoying a Chatime bubble teaπŸ₯€ (haven’t done that in a while πŸ˜†πŸ‘)

After a cosy night in the hotel, I woke up early in the morning at just before 6 (saving enough time for a long bath πŸ›€ of course! πŸ˜‚) and made sure I am on time for the Red Funnel ferry at 9. (I booked in advance but I believe it is just as easy to buy ticket there at the time.)

Breakfast before departing β›΄
Red Funnel Ferries
Very busy inside the ferry today πŸ˜–
Eating my second breakfast. So busy I had to sit by the window (also raining β˜”οΈ outside…)
On the deck after the rain has stopped (couldn’t sit on the chairs though as they were all soaking wet πŸ˜‚πŸ’¦πŸ’¦)
Sailing time 🌊
Arriving at East Cowes in the Isle of Wight

To get around the Isle of Wight, I opted for a 24-hour bus ticket for Β£12. Even though it is a small island, locations of interests are quite spread out and not really walkable, so I decided that was the best option (as I neither drive nor cycle… πŸ˜›) As I was only there until Sunday morning, I focused exploring on the east side of the island (unfortunately missing out on famous landmarks like the Needles.)

Heading south,my first stop was the beautiful beaches on Shanklin- only though it was raining (again) when I arrived. I managed to shelter at a nearby cafΓ© (that was part of a hotel lodge) and enjoyed a nice bowl of chips. 🍟 The staff there was so friendly and let me charge my almost dead phone, and I ended up spending the idle time doing some work (so much for the detachment I know lol! πŸ˜‚πŸ’» They thought I was so in the zone that they didn’t want to bother me! 🀣) By the time I was ready, the sun was out again! β˜€οΈ What perfect timing!

Shanklin Beach
A seaview is only as good as the ice cream you have! 🍦 (I went for the β€œfunky banana” and jelly & ice cream πŸ˜‹)
Coastal walk to Sandown
Cute little beach huts! πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ€
By Sandown Pier
Sandown Beach β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ
The vast blue sea and sky
Maybe one day I will hire a beach hut! πŸ˜‚

Being a dinosaur fan, I then also dropped by Dinosaur Isle. πŸ¦•πŸ¦– Some nice exhibits – but the museum is just a bit small for me (good for kids but I think it’s a little too less for an adult like me who likes dinosaur πŸ˜‚)

Inside Dinosaur Isle
πŸ¦–πŸ¦•πŸ¦–πŸ¦•

I then also visited Wildheart Animal Sanctury (which was just right next door) πŸ’πŸ―πŸ¦πŸ·πŸ° and I made it in time just 10 minutes before last entry! So glad I did – this definitely reminded me of visiting many zoos during my childhood. (And also how difficult it is to snap pictures on moving animals! πŸ˜πŸ“Έ)

Wowza! Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a tiger this up close! 🐯
Little kangaroo 🦘
Cute ring-tailed lemurs! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
Felt like this meerkat is giving me a look! πŸ˜‚
The lioness
😴 πŸ’€πŸ’€
Oink oink oink! 🐷🐷 There were also a lot of farm animals in the sanctuary
Cute bunnies 🐰🐰

Following this, I took the bus 🚌 heading back north to Ryde where my hotel is. (Almost fell asleep on the bus! 😴😴)

Ryde

After checking in the hotel and enjoyed some chill time in the bath πŸ›, I then headed out for dinner followed by an evening walk along Ryde Pier.

Dinner time at Ryde – look at the giant cauliflower wings! πŸ˜†
Ryde Pier
What a fun day! πŸŒ™βœ¨βœ¨

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