Bournemouth: Staging for WW II

Asked what one of my favorite trips …It was Bournemouth: staging for WWII.



This picture shows London as we left it.  We crossed the 2nd  bridge (straight ahead) and it gives an overview of how far you had to drive to leave this marvelous city. Now for the relaxing influence of the rolling hills and the English Channel.

Bournemouth, with its unbroken sweep of sandy beach and overshadowing cliffs, was perfect.

Carfe Castle, Dorset, uk

On our way we caught a glimpse of the ruins of Carfe Castle. It was an 11th century  fortification and had sweeping views over the Channel. There is a fascinating history about its demise.

When we arrived in Bournemouth,  there were many hotels overlooking the beach, but only one really stood out: Hotel Menzies-Carlton.


An elegant facility : originally a private home in 1861. Over time it became a luxury 5 star hotel and revamped the original suites into bedrooms and added a “lift” in 1911. We were assigned…

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About carolinebotwin

Caroline Botwin and her husband Mike are retired educators who have always had a yen for travelling: he with a PH.D and teaching Architectural Engineering plus California wine education, and she having taught high school English, speech and drama. Both wanted to learn first hand about other cultures. While Mike predominately studied buildings and structures and met with winemakers, Caroline hunted for ancient sites and peoples. And kept journals of all their travels.
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