Hello all, greetings from across the pond. Today we (Lena, Maya, Alexa) woke bright and early for a run in the crisp Winchester weather. We returned happily to a typical English breakfast of ham, eggs, toast and beans; just before heading out for our two excursions: Paulton’s park and the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. The motor museum housed a vast array of automobiles ranging from motor bikes to race cars and sports cars; most from the early 1900’s. After lunch with Dr. Moore, we rode around the grounds of the museum on the monorail, and then checked out the Top Gear exhibit; an exhibit containing actual test vehicles from the show (including the ski-jumping mini-cooper)! Then we finished off our afternoon with a ride on a bus from the early 1900’s. Overall, we had a really great time at the Motor Museum, and sulkingly retreated back to the coach bus when it was over.
The other group ventured to legendary Paulton’s park; home of Peppa Pig World (though “Peppa Pig World” was only a subset of what Paulton’s had to offer).The choristers were delighted to find a wide array of amusement park rides. We started the day off easy with a quick spin on the ride the Cobra. The Cobra was a thrilling ride with lots of twists and turns. We especially liked the Velociraptor ride; a classic rollercoaster with a prehistoric flavuh, and the Cat-o-pillar; a more juvenile choice, but fun nonetheless! After we’d had our fill of rides, we had our packed lunch and stopped at the Peppa Pig gift shop for some souvenirs.
After the groups met up for a walk at the New Forest, the oldest forest in England, we headed to Lymington, a quintessential British seaside town with cobblestone streets. We got delicious fish and chips from a local favorite, Deep Blue, and enjoyed it by the water. Our third day in England was yet another success, and we can’t wait for tomorrow’s evensong!
-Lena, Maya, Alexa, and Allie