On a Wednesday morning not to long ago I woke up at 5am to catch a train. Elle, a fellow Texan living in Bristol, and I had decided to make a day trip out to the Isle of Wight. Two hours on the train followed by a twenty minute ferry ride and we were on the beautiful island.
Located just south of Southampton, the Isle of Wight is England's largest island. Well, other than the island of Great Britain of course. Its history predates Romans, and even governed itself as its own country for some time in the 15th century. The island is famous for dinosaur bones and fossils, and even has a theme park dedicated to it. The entire island is 148 square miles, and is home to 138,000 people.
To be honest, I found the Isle of Wight to be a strange but amazing place. The island was unlike anything I had seen in England, making the theme of our trip to be "that's so random". From the beaches to the gorges to the piers to the candy shops, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to visit if you're looking for a quirky yet beautiful holiday.
We managed to visit five cities on the island during our short visit, so there will be a few more posts headed this way within the next week!