Sunday 10 August 2014

A day trip to Portsmouth

Today is miserable and wet. Looking back at my sunny Southsea pictures from a few days ago makes me feel a lot more cheery, and hopefully it'll do the same for you!

I lived in Portsmouth for about ten years, so it will always be a special place to me. I recently went to Portsdown Hill and Fort Nelson, before taking a stroll along Southsea seafront.

Having little interest in guns, Fort Nelson's secret tunnels were more of a source of fascination for me. These were used to store ammunition. On a hot day, it feels wonderful to delve into these cool underground tunnels; however there is definitely a creepy feel to them too as you imagine servicemen working in them and taking such intricate precautions not to set off gunpowder. For example, there is a bypass tunnel for soldiers to use, so that the men didn't run the risk of causing an explosion with potential sparks from their hobnail boots in the main tunnel. 
Left: an embrasure, used for firing through at potential enemies                  Right: looking down the barrel of a cannon
Graffiti from WW2 soldiers
Another point of interest was seeing the original Nelson's Column that the one in Trafalgar Square was based on:
Left: a prison cell at Fort Nelson                                                                                                                                                             
Then we drove down to Southsea where I took the opportunity to capture some of our stroll:
Left: WW1 and 2 memorial           Right: The Queens Hotel, built in 1903
Southsea bandstand
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