So, anyone that follows this blog knows about a new series that I have decided to start on.
I know a lot of travel blogs have this series as well (I just found out after I started doing this…man, I thought I was being all creative and what not) but with these posts, I wanted to get the perspectives of those who live there! Plus, it’s a way for this preggo to travel the world without having to leave my seat. 😉
Last week, we were in Melbourne, Australia with Rosie. You can read that post HERE. After I posted her entry, I had the brilliant idea to collect more posts from other bloggers who wanted to talk about their hometowns! So, I went on twitter and posted a few tweets asking people to get involved. Also, I was on the #bdib chat and talked to people about it too. I was pretty excited about it. I even got a bunch of people who were interested in it! Sent some emails and Jessica was the first to reply! So, let’s just to Portsmouth, England with the loved Jessica at http://jessmatthews66.blogspot.co.uk/
Here’s what she wrote!
My 7 favourite places in Portsmouth, England.
I have lived in the coastal town of Portsmouth, located in the South of
England, for the past 2 and a half years, after moving down here to go
to university. When I first looked around the uni, I could never have
imagined how much I would love the place and I honestly see it as my
home now. For this blog post, I have decided to pick out my favourite
parts of Portsmouth and tell you what it is about each that I love so
much. I know 7 is such a random number but I couldn’t pick out just 5!
1.) The beach
Originally I am from Buckinghamshire, just outside of London, which is
inland and therefore I love going down to Southsea beach in Portsmouth.
I find the sea so calming and whenever I need to clear my head and
gather my thoughts I always head down to the beach, sit on a bench and
just think. I have made some very important decisions whilst down at
the beach and I will genuinely miss it when I graduate from university
2.) The Spinnaker Tower
If anyone were to ask me the one place they should visit in Portsmouth,
I would tell them the Spinnaker every time. You can go up to the top
(it is not too expensive) and the views from up there are simply
incredible. From there, you can see the whole of Portsmouth and the
surrounding areas and it is stunning.
A lot of the student areas of Portsmouth are based in and around
Guildhall Square, which means this was the first place I really got to
know as a student down here. During my first week of living here we had
our Fresher’s Ball inside Guildhall and I have been to see a comedy
show in there too.
4.) The Kings Theatre
The Kings Theatre is located on Albert Road, which is where a lot of
second and third year students spend a lot of time. The theatre has had
some fantastic shows playing and it is good to know it is there if you
ever fancy spending a night watching a show.
5.) The Pier
I absolutely adore Clarence Pier because of the arcades. Perhaps it is
because it reminds me of my childhood holidays, but I love going into
the arcades and spending my loose change on all the machines.
6.) Southsea Castle
Southsea Castle is located right on the sea front and has beautiful
views from the top, looking out to sea. However, the best part of the
castle is not in the views but in the history that the castle contains.
It was built in 1544 as a defence mechanism for Henry VIII and was used
as a military base for 400 years. It is free to look around the castle
and it’s very interesting to learn the history behind Portsmouth.
7.) Hong Kong Charlies
I wouldn’t be a proper student if I didn’t mention my favourite bar!
Hong Kong Charlies is a vodka bar that sells candy flavoured vodka. My
favourite is probably the refreshers vodka with lemonade. I can’t count
the amount of fantastic evenings I have had in this bar!
** The photos of the Spinnaker Tower and Southsea Castle were taken by
my friend Aran Mckenna, more of his work can be found on his Facebook
What a great post, Jessica! Thanks for sharing your home with us!!
Portsmouth looks beautiful! And amazing! And…I WANT TO GO THERE! I wonder, is it even a good idea for me to be doing these posts or am I going to get a case of Wanderlust? I might. haha. OOOhhhh. Just came up with another idea. I love when that happens. haha.
ALSO, make sure you pop on over next week to see where we go next!!!
If you’re interested in writing a guest post about your hometown, let me know in the comments! OR you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂