A night at Château Julius et Anna

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 16, 2009

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

From Solihull we headed south to Winchester, not here the riffles where made but rather where the Skinners lives. Julius and Anna I met for the first time in London at the turn of the century when visiting Jim and Esna (now in Brisbane) and then had the good fortune of running into them a few times since over the years, most recently being their visit to Dubai where they joined us for a Christmas party. Before we arrived in Winchester we made a little detour to see the prehistoric rocks at Stonehenge.

The first thing that took Inge-Marie by surprise was how small the formations were, she might have been expecting something similar to the pyramids. You can clearly see the stones from the road but we both paid the expensive entry fee which fortunately included an audio guide and took a short walk around the site. To be honest the audio guides made the visit worth the exorbitant entrance fee as they explained what the stone formations where used for in ancient times and how they were almost perfectly aligned with events like the sunrise during the various solstices. Very impressive for something that is said to be 5000 years old.

We finally arrived in Winchester just before 6pm and after a brief struggle trying to reverse park our massive sedan into a space barely big enough for a motorcycle; Julius was kind enough to eventually show us how it was meant to be done. He clearly had a lot more practice at this than I had!

Once again we were treated to a delicious home cooked meal and some fantastic wines. It was great just being able to chat in a normal home environment, something we had been longing for in the past few months. After a great dinner we were led on a tour of Winchester by night and got to see the town's impressive cathedral before sampling some of the areas fine brew at the local pubs. We were really impressed with this little town, just one more little English gem. (Thanks so much Julius and Anna for your hospitality and taking time off to entertain us, we really appreciated it. Don't forget your promise to come visit in South Africa!)
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