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Post 941

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

Yeah, my building is the same that it is two stuck together, so different lifts go to different floors in each one to get round the random few steps in the middle of corridors. Took me a good 12 months to get to grips with that...

Glad you had a good weekend, and that was apt that you saw the engine just before it was taken away smiley - ok

Part of cunning plan worked - excellent to see you, then I enjoyed the catamaran, and the train. The train was brilliant - started off slow, so it had the same rattle as the merseyrail train, and is very similar in size, but then when it picked up speed it was not like merseyrail at all! Hilarious watching everyone bouncing in unison - me and another tourist found it funny while the locals read books. Impressively accessible, too.

Didn't see any dinosaurs though smiley - blue - I accidently ended up at the pier, so I got some good photos but couldn't get to the museum... Never mind - seeing the beach was better than only seeing the railway station...


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Post 942

Bluebottle

I'm very please the travel arrangements worked out and you got to enjoy your ride on the IslandLine trains, so would you say they were as bumpy as you were expecting? I'll have to see if I can enjoy a Merseyrail trip somewhen. I must admit that when I've commuted on it each day I would have been one of the book-reading locals (I can't remember which books I've read on it, possibly Asimov or Arthur C Clarke?) but I'm glad you found it accessible and presumably were able to get the taxi?

Did you go along the pier? They have great smiley - donuts, a highlight of a trip to the pier was always getting a bag of smiley - donuts and watching the smiley - donut machine. Facing from the dry end to the wet end of the pier, the dinosaur museum is the pterodactyl-shaped building that's along the front on your left, just behind where the big slide isn't any more. I hope you've made Brading Roman Villa today - looking forward to hearing all about it.smiley - ok

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Post 943

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

The train was definitely more bumpy than I expected - I was thinking it would be like merseyrail, but it was more so indeed!

That was the problem, that I couldn't get a taxi at first, so I 'hitchhiked' and before I knew where I was I was at the beach. I couldn't even get to the pier for the first hour, as the not quite dropped kerb defeated me smiley - blue Luckily someone helped after I had gone for a stroll along the prom and back again, and then the taxi arrived after 15 minutes - I had a look in the pier entrance, but didn't feel up to braving the lights and sounds to go further...

I did go to Brading and had a superb time - very impressive mosaics and an excellent visitor centre. I set off early and finished in the early afternoon, so I decided to try again to see dinosaurs. That Dinosaur Isle has a forcefield round it, though - attempt 1 put me on the beach, attempt 2 took me to Lake, attempt 3 took me to the zoo and 4th attempt found the museum. I wasn't charged for the detours though smiley - ok I enjoyed that, too - the visitor facilities were adequate, and the displays were very educational - I'm impressed by how much has been found on the Island, and how well it has been presented in the museum smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 944

Bluebottle

If you enjoy bumpy transport, I recommend a hovercraft trip at high tide on a middling breezy day, it's just like flying through turbulence. smiley - biggrin

Did you see the triangular house when you left Sandown station? Sorry you had a roundabout tour of Lake and Yaverland, that's a bit strange. Yes,they do have a good museum there, even if many of the Island's best dinosaur exhibits have been nicked by the Natural History Museum. I can't believe it has been over a decade since I was last at Brading Roman Villa... The big question is, did you go into any gift shops and, if so, did you see any red squirrels on sale?smiley - winkeye

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