Southampton, England...A great hotel for two nights...

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The Leonardo Southampton Royal Grand Harbour hotel. (Not our photos).
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Southampton, England:
From this site:
"Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast. It’s home to the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specializes in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire. Tudor House & Garden displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike."
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The hotel we selected in Southampton for two nights is the Leonardo Royal  Southampton Grand Harbour is located only minutes to the cruise terminal. For these dates, the nightly rate is GBP 180, US $231.  
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The hotel at night.
We used accumulated points in Expedia and only paid GBP 145.50, US $187.06 for both nights in a king room with breakfast included which we prepaid at the time of booking.

Yesterday, taking our time on the drive and stopping for a light lunch we arrived at the hotel later than expected. Subsequently, we dined in the hotel's restaurant.  Unfortunately, the lovely couple, Kim and Keith, whom we'd planned to meet for dinner, canceled due to Kim's bad cold. They didn't want us to catch it which we really appreciated. There are plenty of germs on cruises as it is.
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One of the many seating areas in the hotel.

As typical for hotels, the meal in the restaurant was good, not great, with prices commensurate with what we've observed in the UK these past few months.  Tonight, we may go out or dine in the bar which has a great menu for my way of eating.  

Food is not so important to us these few days when we have the cruise ahead of us where they'll make everything befitting my restricted diet. In any case, we don't make cruising about the food.  
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A king room.
For us, it's the opportunity to socialize with other travelers from all over the world that make cruising special. Now, situated in the hotel bar preparing today's post at a table close to an electric outlet without much social interaction. We'll make up for it soon enough. 

My fast dying laptop (almost five years old) requires I work with it plugged in with the battery also on its last leg. On the upcoming cruise, we'll have to find a spot close to an outlet. 
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Typical English breakfast served buffet-style in the main dining room.

We've been able to find a good place to sit near an outlet on the past several cruises. Cruising on this particular ship, Celebrity Silhouette is new to us and we're hopeful we'll find a spot close to all the action. 

We prefer not to be isolated when working on the post especially when other passengers stop by to chat. It may take six or seven hours for me to complete one post with all the interruptions but we love the interactions with other passengers and, from time to time, crew members.

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Cruise ships are often waiting in this harbour for enthusiastic cruise passengers.
It's funny how passengers will say when they see us working on our laptops, "Couldn't you have left the work at home?"  

We laugh and often say, "This is "home" at the moment."

Yes, we continue with our daily tasks, handling photos, the posts, financial matters, banking and so forth wherever we may be at any given time. Its the nature of our peculiar lifestyle.

I don't have anything in the way of photos today. It's raining and we don't care to walk in the rain nor do we want to pay a taxi to take us around when we've already returned the rental car.  
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This is where we're seated now as we prepare today's post.
Yesterday, when we arrived and couldn't get a signal on the phone and thus we drove around Southampton (population 253,651) and had a good look.  It's a very nice city but with too much traffic and commotion for us after these quiet months in the English (and Wales) countryside.

The cruise will be the perfect segue back to a crowded environment when afterward we'll be on Minnesota highways with plenty of traffic, horn honking, and impatient drivers, typical for any large city.
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Map of our hotel and its close proximity to the harbour. Regardless of the weather, we'll still have to take a taxi to the cruise terminal.
We always say the most courteous drivers in the world are in South Africa. The slower vehicles always move to the shoulder to let others pass on both highways and on dirt roads. We've never ceased to be amazed by this phenomenon.  

(Yeah, I know...I miss it, and every day I wonder if immigration will allow us to return and if we can rent the Orange house again...and then if "you know who" will return to see me.)

Well, folks, tomorrow is another "day-in-the-life" of these two nomads as we board yet another cruise, this time a transatlantic crossing. 

Happy hump day to all the working people and happy any-day to the retirees!
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Photo from one year ago today, October 23, 2018:
Single file, from matriarch to baby.  For more photos, please click here.

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