Sunday, May 04, 2014

Because We’re Worth(ing) It


We left around 8.30 heading in the direction of Worthing, and our good friends Ian and Sharon. I say, ‘heading’ as the need for retail therapy kicked-in, and we dropped into Guildford - our first visit ever - for a quick punt around the local shops. We parked easily and were soon helping Guildford with its retail sales!
Scenes from the High Street 
Scenes from the High Street

 Scenes from the High Street
Scenes from the High Street

With Guildford sorted, we headed back to the car and then onwards to the Comfort Inn, in Arundel -  our home for the next three nights. Looks like they’ve had a refurb...

Room 107 - Comfort Inn, Arundel

Just time a for a quick cuppa and a snooze before heading off to Worthing to meet up with Ian and Sharon at The China Palace for our planned catch-up assisted by an all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet! We hadn’t been there for a while, and forgot how great the food was (and the price!). Starters (twice), Mains and Drinks for four - and the bill was less than £100 including service.

Then, with the meal over, we said our goodbyes (until tomorrow night) and headed back to the Hotel. Weather permitting, we might take the drive to Portsmouth tomorrow.

Me... lying in until 8.15? Surely some mistake - I’m sure they must have drugged the spare-ribs last night!!!

Yes, we’re in Portsmouth

The forecast looked good, so we decided to drive to Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays - we haven’t been there for about five years. The place was packed and after an initial few bits of shopping, we stopped off in Zizzi’s by the Harbour for lunch. It was great to feel the warmth of the Sun on my back - wonderfully warm and great to be outside.
Then, after a final shopping spree, it was off to Fishbourne Roman Palace in err, Fishbourne. It’s the largest Roman Site found in the UK.

A Wonderfully Preserved Roman Mosaic Floor

Then it was back to the hotel for a chill-out before heading off to meet Ian and Sharon at The Fox in nearby Patching. What a find! The food was FAB and very reasonably priced.

If it’s Sunday, it must be Goodwood! Ann opted for a lie-in whilst Ian H, acted as chauffeur and we went to one of Goodwood’s Super Sunday Breakfast Meetings. It was packed... even by 8am!!! and got busier both in terms of cars and spectators as the morning wore-on. We reckon it was all down to the good weather that brought out a high proportion of ‘weekend’ cars - especially the convertibles.

So many cars..!

Phew! What a superb collection of cars - very much a ‘boys-and-their-toys’ event with only a handful of women drivers. I think we were exhausted just LOOKING at them!!! We left around 11am thoroughly ‘carred-out’ and Ian dropped me back at the hotel. After a short rest, Ann and I headed off into Chichester.

Scenes of Chichester

It was another warm day and that brought out all the shoppers. The car-park was very busy, there was a boot sale on and a march-past in the town centre. We stopped for lunch at Cote, (very good!) before a final mooch round the shops and then back to Ian and Sharon’s for an afternoon cuppa. Then it was on to the hotel to pack.

It’s been a great long weekend - the weather helped, with wall-to-wall sunshine - and we’ve enjoyed a lot a variety in the few days we’ve been away.

We left the Comfort Hotel in Arundel and headed towards Neil and Debbie’s for lunch. It was the first time we’ve seen them since the funeral, and it was good to catch-up. Neil travelled back with us. as he and I are on a Jaguar track-day tomorrow at Millbrook sampling the delights of the Jaguar f-type.