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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND

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Our final cruise: “Through the Pillars of Hercules”. Goodbye and Godspeed to our fellow world cruise travelers. It was an amazing journey! The “turn-around” port is Southampton, England. We packed and changed staterooms this morning because the ship is fully booked for the start of this next cruise.

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Southampton has been a commercial seaport for centuries and our ship was docked near the medieval walls of the city.

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Early bread delivery at the 15th century Tudor House and Gardens Museum
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Blue Anchor Lane – the route to the port for early merchants

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The Titanic sailed from Southampton – this pub has Titanic memorabilia on all the walls.

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St. Michael’s Church, built in 1070, it is the oldest building in the Old Town.

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The early mayor of Southampton (1295-1336)

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The Bargate, built by the Normans in 1180, was the main point of entry from the north.

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Back to modern times – a quick stop in the Pound Store for toothpaste and batteries

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A picture around every corner

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The ruins of Holyrood Church, built in 1320 but extensively damaged by bombs in 1940, has been preserved as a memorial to those lost at sea.
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A fresh memorial wreath at the Memorial Fountain remembering the crew, stewards, and sailors lost on the Titanic

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St. Michael’s

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A replica of the cargo boats that tied up at Blue Anchor Lane with their cargoes of wool and wine

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A weathervane reminder of the classic sailing ships

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Daylight was still bright as we set sail from Southampton.

Posted by Swenigale 02:46 Archived in England

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