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A trip to the Shire

April 10, 2005

I went to the Isle of Wight a few days ago, which was an odd experience. A twee, darling little place, just like the Shire in Lord of the Rings, excpet that like all of England, people drink a lot. So I was constantly on the look out for mad drunken hobbits. But what a cool day – Talitha and I caught a hovercraft from Southsea to Ryde, the main port on the Isle. That was pretty exciting – it was like flying in heavy turbulence.
Ryde is an archetypal old port, really nice, unlike Southsea, which is Morrissey’s “seaside town that they forgot to shut down” from his song Everyday is like Sunday.
We bought a transport pass, and got on a train to Shanklin, which was so cute it really got a bit much after while.

Then we hopped on a bus and went to the village of Godshill, another quaint English archetype. We had an amazing lunch – complete with a fine pint of Goddard’s Best Bitter, the local brew – and then went and explored the maze outside before checking out a beautiful 12th century church.

Then back on the bus to Newport, and across to the otherside of the Island to check out the amazing Needles rock formation, below:

Then back on the bus to Ryde for the last hovercraft home. Glorious day.

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